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Parents' Guide to

The Messengers

By Robin Galguera, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Hokey reality show fails to inspire; skip it.

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While The Messengers shows viewers how other people live and the challenges that they have to overcome, the show's concept is seriously flawed. Viewers are shown a brief glimpse of the different disadvantaged communities, but none of the contestants actually does anything to help the people they visit. In fact, the plight of these communities becomes something akin to a circus show.

The concept is noble -- the opening credits show icons like Martin Luther King and Mother Teresa, implying that those are the kinds of examples the contestants want to live up to -- but the show is condescending and the message feeble at best. Watching 10 well-dressed, educated people spending a night on Skid Row feels insulting to the homeless residents, several of whom voice their disgust with their privileged "neighbors."

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