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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Instead of emulating impossibly skinny models and celebrities, women are encouraged to embrace their own bodies and strive for their personal best. As part of the closet-cleaning process, they're also asked to donate unwanted items to "Dress For Success," a charitable organization.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Women are sometimes told they look sexy, but that's as suggestive as it gets.
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"Ass" is allowed to fly, but more serious offenders (like "s--t") are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
Brand names and fashion designers (including Catherine Malandrino, John Barrett, Trish McEvoy, and Ice.com) are prominently featured.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality-style makeover show primarily targets adult women, but its content is fine for most teens. Language is clean for the most part, and the show also imparts positive messages about self-acceptance and body image. The only real downside is that the show subtly reinforces materialism by promoting expensive brand names and luxury retailers that are woefully out of reach for most Americans.
Is It Any Good?
Aside from its inherent starkness, the show also suffers from some minor pacing problems and a few awkwardly scripted opening segments in which the makeover recipient answers a phone call, only to find out (with a forced sense of surprise) that Gunn and Webb are on their way to her house. The show would certainly be stronger without those elements. On the plus side, Guide offers an intriguing take on the makeover process by using a computer-generated schematic of a woman's actual body to show her how different clothes can subtly enhance -- or grossly exaggerate -- her shape. This leads to several valuable "take away" lessons that can be applied to everyday life and real-world fashion emergencies. Bravo, indeed.
In short, Tim Gunn's Guide to Style can be a little bit boring, yet it's ultimately educational and inspiring to watch a young woman who used to loathe her curves slowly learn to love her hips, among other epiphanies. (It's also entertaining enough to motivate a certain TV reviewer to go through her own closet and eliminate at least two troubling tops that did absolutely nothing for her.)
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