Parents' Guide to

The Ashlee Simpson Show

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Days in the life of a budding pop star.

TV MTV Reality TV 2004
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You have to give Ashlee Simpson some credit. Even though she is trapped in a shallow showbiz world, she manages to stick to her guns on things she finds important. She wants to be in control of her image, and she fights for her right to carve her own niche. She is also a very creative young woman. Her songs seem to come from a part of herself that has some depth -- in this way she is more than a product of the media machine; she is an artist.

On the other hand, so many minutes of this show are wasted showing Ashlee do inane things like drive places in her car, ride in the elevator, eat junk food and have stupid conversations. The episodes that concentrate on her artistic process are more exciting than the ones that show how unprepared for real life she actually is. "I've never washed lettuce before," she tells a friend while they prepare tacos one night. "I've never mopped the floor." Hang on -- she's 19! Who's been doing all of this for her? Her mother and father step in all of the time with the patience of saints, teaching her little quiet lessons about housekeeping and everyday nuances, but where were they before they set her loose in her own apartment? These gaps in reality make this reality show interesting, at least from a psychological standpoint. In the end, Ashlee Simpson does what most artists do -- she makes art out of what she's been given. In this case, what she's been given is a license to drive in the superficial world of pop semi-stardom.

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