What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that What Would Ryan Lochte Do? contains lots of drinking and partying behavior, as well as some strong language (though stronger curses are bleeped). There's an emphasis on the swimmer's dating life and lots of talk about finding women -- for serious romance or casual encounters. The importance of family is also a theme, as are Lochte's goals of entering the fashion design business.
What's the story?
WHAT WOULD RYAN LOCHTE DO? is a reality series starring Olympic swimming gold medalist Ryan Lochte as he shows what life is like in his world. When Lochte isn't training, he spends his time hanging out and drinking with his circle of friends known as "The Lochterage," admiring a closet full of footwear he's designed, and looking for a woman he wants to spend the rest of his life with. He also finds time to be with his family, including his brother and roommate Devon, his mom Ileana, and sisters Kristin and Megan. It gets a little crazy, but Ryan does what he can to live life to the fullest.
Is it any good?
What Would Ryan... features Lochte training, partying with friends, and interacting with his family -- most of which appears scripted as the swimmer awkwardly tries to be hip and funny by using meaningless self-created catchphrases like "jeah." Meanwhile, the show manages to stretch any significant moments to fill its time slot by replaying them over and over again.
Watching the almost-30-year-old Lochte acting like an immature college coed isn't particularly inspiring or entertaining, but outside of this, there just isn't much else here. Bottom line? Lochte may have style, but his show certainly lacks substance.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the reasons people appear on reality shows. Is it the money? The fame? Or something else? Why do you think Ryan Lochte got his own show? Do you think he behaves the same way when the cameras are off?
Given some of the behaviors Ryan Lochte exhibits outside of the pool, do you think he makes a good role model for up-and-coming swimmers or athletes?