You're Cut Off!

 
Lessons about strength and independence get lost in reality.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series is designed to entice spoiled and entitled women to grow up and be strong and independent by holding them accountable for their attitudes and behaviors, but this is overshadowed by the emphasis on reality show fare like catfights, partying, etc. It also offers very stereotypical images of what average people live like.

Positive role models

The women act entitled and spoiled, but some are more willing to change than others.

Violence

Contains endless catfights between the cast. Women are shown pushing, shoving, and hitting with pillows.

Sex

Occasionally women walk around without clothes; nudity is blurred and/or covered with animated images. It is suggested that one cast member is a high-class prostitute.

Language

Words like “bitch,” “hell,” and “ass” are audible, while curses like “f--k” and “s--t” are muted out.

Consumerism

Logos like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Charles David, Mercedes, BMW, and Ferrari are visible. Endless high-end brands like Hermes, Manolo Blahnik, Chanel, and Juicy Couture are discussed. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking (wine, champagne) and cigarette smoking is visible. One cast member smokes a hookah pipe. Occasionally, some girls get nasty and/or pass out from consuming too much alcohol.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this series about spoiled women who are tricked into participating in a reality show designed to help them change their behavior contains some good messages, mixed in with lots of iffy content. While the show's stated intention is to encourage the women to be less selfish and more strong and independent, these messages are offered within the context of over-the-top reality moments, including cat fighting, salty language (“bitch,” “hell,” “ass”; plus stronger words muted), excessive drinking, and smoking (including a hookah pipe). It also contains stereotypes about America’s middle class. Not surprisingly, expensive brands like Mercedes-Benz, Louis Vuitton, Charles David, etc. are frequently seen or discussed.

What's the story?

YOU’RE CUT OFF! is a reality show designed to teach a spoiled diva-like women the importance of being strong, independent, and less materialistic. The series features nine women whose lives consist of shopping, partying, and endless self-absorbed behavior thanks to their overindulgent parents and other wealthy benefactors. But their lives are turned upside down when, after being led to believe that they have been cast in a reality series designed to document their lavish lifestyles, they discover that the people who have been supporting them have cut them off financially. In addition, they must participate in an eight-week “Princess Program” where they must cook, clean, work, and learn to live like the average person. Life coach Laura Baron monitors their progress, and celebrity guests like Perez Hilton and The Apprentice’s Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth occasionally pop in to offer their guidance. The women must earn privileges in order to complete the program. But their greater challenge is to prove to their benefactors that they have changed for the better, or risk being cut off forever.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The series is intended to show how these women must take responsibility for their narcissistic and egotistical behavior in order to understand that there is more to life than material wealth. It also underscores how the overindulgence of loved ones, as well as deep-seated psychological issues, also contributes to their behavior.

It contains some good messages, but the show focuses more on the cast members' attitudes, which are so entertainingly over-the-top that it makes the women seem more like caricatures than real people. In between the catfights and salty language, it also offers a lot of stereotypes about what constitutes being middle class or “average” in America. Bottom line? Like overindulgent parents, the producers of this show may have had some good intentions, but eventually lost site of what is really important.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether reality shows can really help people improve their lives. Do you think these women will really be different when the series is over? Do you think reality shows that encourage positive values are as popular as those that promote negative ones? Why or why not?

  • How does the media contribute to people’s attitudes about consumerism and material wealth?

TV details

Cast:Laura Baron
Network:VH1
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Kid, 10 years old August 29, 2011
age 12+
 

good for 12 and up

In the end most girls grow up and become just like the rest of us. But there is many fights and sometimes bad role models.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byMrs.Madigan March 4, 2011
age 17+
 

SPOILED!

These girls are spoiled rotten and think that they're all the world thinks about. They truely realize what the real world is like and how other people live that arent as well off as their parents. This show kind of made me mad. They live like the queen of england! While millions of people in the world are homeless. But its pretty funny. Alot Of Horrible language like F**k, B****, W****.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 12 years old July 12, 2010
age 13+
 
A show about 9 women who live the life of a princess and their family members don't like how they always have to spoil them all the time. So, the girls go to some sort of boot camp so they can change their lives, hopefully, and live a life of a normal person. Pretty good show!
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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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