A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series focuses on the material aspects of a wedding rather than the importance of the relationship between the couples or what constitutes marriage. It also encourages the nastier side of competition.
Positive Role Models
While some couples work well with each other under difficult circumstances, many of the couples exhibit sneaky and unsportsman-like behavior.
Violence & Scariness
The cast is constantly reminded that they're at war with each other, but despite some yelling, screaming, and cat fighting, the actual violence is rather minimal. Cast members occasionally get mildly injured during challenges.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Hugging and kissing are occasionally visible. Issues like abstaining before marriage are briefly discussed. Quick references to various sexual behaviors.
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Words like "hell," "ass," and "bitch" are audible; curses like "bulls--t" and "f--k" are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
The Turtle Bay Resort in Oahu, Hawaii, is prominently featured. Show sponsors include Mori Lee and Jim's Formal Wear. Cast members occasionally sport outfits with brand logos like Chanel.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Champagne drinking is occasionally visible. Camp supplies include red and white wine. Cast members' romantic histories sometimes include drunken encounters.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality elimination series -- featuring couples exiled to a remote island to compete for a dream destination wedding -- includes lots of sneaky behavior, catty arguments, and sexual references. Cursing is frequent (the strongest words are bleeped) and wine and champagne drinking is visible. Turtle Bay Resort in Hawaii and additional wedding-related brands and products are also prominently featured.
Is It Any Good?
Wedding Wars combines the rugged competitiveness and scheming behavior of Survivor with all of the drama that comes along with wedding planning. But much of the show's entertainment value comes from watching the couples' relationships being tested as they cope with the pressures of the contest.
The show's focus is on the materialism surrounding a wedding, rather than strengthening the marital relationship or thinking about the long-term commitment that the couples are planning to make. And, like most reality competitions, the series features plenty of arguing, cursing, and drinking. Viewers who like this sort of thing might find it entertaining, but it definitely lacks romance.
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