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Encourages recycling and other environmentally responsible behavior and sends the message that with patience and determination, almost anything is possible.
"F--king" is bleeped out several times, and "kick some ass" is used.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the premise of this program -- building a complete home from scrap material in 30 days -- leads to some pretty stressful situations for those involved. The builders, architects, and site managers sometimes get on each other's nerves, acting impatiently and swearing (harsher words are bleeped). But the core messages about recycling and creativity are good, and it's fun to watch the house come together.
Is It Any Good?
Inherent in Scrap House is the hallmark of many of today's reality shows: suspense. Each day, the builders and designers must sort through local dumps to find useable materials and improvise when they come up dry. Lacking aluminum siding, for example, they hunt down discarded street signs and use them for shingles; or they gather hundreds of shower doors, paint them, and plaster them to the front and side walls -- all as time ticks by.
Thanks to public service campaigns and the diligent work of local politicians, recycling is a part of our lives as never before; Scrap House is a clever take on that new fact of life. The experts involved in the building are endearing and knowledgeable, and parents can feel good about letting their kids watch, knowing that they'll be entertained and get a lesson in sustainable living.
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