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Parents' Guide to

Tim Gunn's Guide to Style

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Makeover show is solid, but not a runaway success.

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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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