A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this reality show about two '80s child stars who reunite and live together for several weeks shows lots of smoking. Plus, one is a recovering drug addict, and there's some discussion of his addiction struggles, as well as occasional jokes about drugs and alcohol. Corey Feldman and his wife kiss frequently -- and sometimes passionately. The adults talk about sex occasionally, especially about the need to "get laid." Cursing is commonplace, though most words are bleeped (but obvious).
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What's the story?
For a brief moment in the 1980s, Corey Feldman (The Goonies, Stand By Me) and Corey Haim (The Lost Boys) were the hottest duo in Hollywood. But like many child stars, the two took a sharp nosedive as their star power dimmed. Twenty years later, Feldman seems to have recovered fairly well. Haim, on the other hand, is a jittery, chain-smoking bundle of issues. With the intention of "jump-starting his career," Haim moves in with Feldman and his wife, Susie, for several weeks. The entire ordeal is captured in THE TWO COREYS.
Is it any good?
Though the Coreys frequently profess their love for each other and genuinely seem to share affection, Haim and Feldman are a modern-day odd couple. Feldman is married, stable, neat, vegetarian, and level-headed. Haim is single, erratic, messy, carnivorous, and spazzy. The two clash frequently, though most of the conflicts seem to involve Feldman trying to gently reason with a boundary-crossing, button-pushing Haim. And with Susie along for the ride, Feldman is often caught in the middle, dealing with a tearful wife in one room and an obstinate friend in the other. The interactions might be entertaining if Haim didn't seem like someone with so many problems; it seems like he might relapse or lose his mind at any moment. Some people might find this tension enjoyable to watch, while others may find it unbearable.
With constant smoking, cursing (mostly bleeped, but obvious), and some talk about sex, younger viewers should steer clear. But most teens won't know about the Coreys anyway, so chances are they won't be that interested in their reunion.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the "celebreality" trend. What's the appeal of watching former stars try for a comeback on TV? How successful are they? Families can also discuss addiction. Have you had any personal experience with someone who's been addicted to drugs or alcohol? What are some of the things that recovering addicts struggle with? What are some strategies for dealing with addicts and people in recovery?
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