What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that despite the show's MTV touches -- bikini-clad stars, drinking, naughty talk -- it could serve to educate teens somewhat about the environment, geography, and how different people live in the world.
What's the story?
Is it any good?
This is still MTV, so it's not purely educational. There is drinking, some mild language, and, in the Honduras episode, lots of shots of Diaz and Alba in their bathing suits. The celebs mingle with the locals, which is sometimes cool (surfer Kelly Slater catches waves with local kids, all of them using disused lumber), but sometimes patronizing (as when Diaz asks a local man how many children he has). Diaz is a likable enough host who seems willing to do just about everything. Viewers see her handle a pink python she spots in the wild, and eat honey straight from a bug's booty. And MTV should be applauded for trying to do something more educational than Punk'd.
But, while there are some earth-friendly facts flashed across the screen throughout the show, the eco-premise just isn't cohesive enough, so in the end it doesn't seem completely sincere. The celebs arrive at a beautiful spot, learn about a big problem, explore a bit, meet some people, then leave. If they did more work while they were there -- or if Diaz assembled a complete cast of stars who really got into the project -- it would make for a smoother ride.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about celebrities and their roles in our culture. Celebrities often support causes, from charities to political issues. Ask your kids: Do you think this a good use of their fame? Are you more likely to pay attention if a star you like speaks up for a cause? Does it make you respect that celebrity more? What does it say about our culture that our movie stars and performers are often who educate us about the issues in our world?