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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this voyeuristic matchmaking reality series offers mixed and sometimes troubling messages about using money and material wealth to find love. It also introduces some sexist attitudes about women and dating, and there's some drinking and strong sexual innuendo (including various references to sexual activity and male genitalia).
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What's the story?
THE MILLIONAIRE MATCHMAKER follows third-generation matchmaker Patti Stanger, who runs The Millionaire's Club -- an elite dating service for men who are successful at making money but unsuccessful at finding true love. With the help of Stanger and her staff, wealthy men are introduced to carefully screened women who are anxious to connect with them. For their $10,000 fee, Stanger's clients also receive dating tips, home decorating instructions, and some tough advice from Stanger, who thinks it's her obligation to help them understand why they can't seem to find the right woman.
Is it any good?
The series sends mixed messages about buying love and highlights some sexist ideas about women. Some of men are looking for women who will satisfy them in the bedroom and the kitchen and still manage to raise their children. Others seem to think that they can order women like they can a fancy car. Meanwhile, the women anxiously attend open-calls and VIP cocktail events in hopes that they'll catch the eye of a rich man who might just be willing to treat them to helicopter rides, yacht cruises, and cocktails at vineyard castles. True love indeed.
While Millionaire Matchmaker offers an uncomfortable view of what some people will go through to get a date, watching the matchmaking process is an oddly fascinating and voyeuristic experience that some adults and older teens may find entertaining. But its strong sexual innuendo and sexist subtexts make it iffy for younger viewers.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how the media portrays dating and relationships. Does the media create unrealistic representations of how people are supposed to look, feel, and act in order to meet someone special?
Families can also discuss professional matchmaking. How many people have success using matchmakers or dating services? Do online matchmaking sites really work? Did you know that some cultures still rely primarily on matchmakers to bring couples together?
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