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Great show where spoiled kids get a true reality check
I caught a couple of episodes of "My Super Sweet 16 Presents: Exiled" the other day, and I think that the premise of the show is fantastic and teaches those spoiled, bratty kids life lessons that they may never otherwise learn. The concept is simple enough:
1.) take them away from their comfort zone and away from anyone they know -- 2.) take away their creature comforts -- 3.) have them do things they would otherwise NEVER do in a place, and situation that is totally foreign to them
It's interesting to see how these kids deal with the situation. First there is denial that they are going to have go through with it. Then, when they get where they are going, they try to exercise some control by refusing to conform or adapt to the situation. Once they figure out they are neck deep in it and there is no escape, then comes acceptance, and eventually, adaptation. It's too bad the experience only lasts one week because I think these kids would benefit more from it if they stayed a bit longer.
I would venture to guess that the host families also benefit from it - even $1000 in the US would be a small fortune to a family in a country where the average annual household income is probably less than $10K per year.
I would like to see another spin-off of this show where the host family "brother/sister" gets to spend a week in the States with their Super-Sweet 16 counterpart living in the lap of opulence and luxury.
I don't normally care much for "reality" TV, but I highly recommend catching a few episodes of this show - the entertainment value is VERY high.
The Hillz (2004)
This is quite possibly the worst piece of cinematic trash I have ever had the misfortune to witness. Thank God I didn't actually pay to watch any of it by either renting it or seeing it at the theater. I've seen better acting at high school plays and musicals and the scripting was so bad, it seemed like they were making it up on the spot. I think that the only highlight for me was a scene where Paris Hilton gets slapped, however she quickly ruins any further pleasure with her wooden acting (an insult to wood) and even more about two scenes later when she thinks that it's sexy when she finds out her ex lover killed her current lover. What I want to know is who was the idiot who read the screenplay and decided to dump money into trying to make this train wreck? I was fortunate enough that I didn't further burn out my eyes by watching any more of it - I caught it when I flipped the channel to it and had I not been distracted by some other things, I probably would have watched even less of it than I did. What a waste celluloid.
Waiting for Guffman (1996)
Wonderfully funny movie.
When I first saw this movie, it was like I was being transported to my own small, midwest hometown. I read another user comment from someone that thought that the movie was horrible. To that person I say that they just didn't get it.
There were so many odd, little funny things in the movie that I was laughing all of the way through. One example would be the guy who goes out to the UFO landing site everyday and measures the cirlcle left in the ground. He claims that although the circumferece and the diameter change just slightly all of the time, that the radius stays the same. Anyone with a basic knowledge of geometry knows why that is so funny.
Great movie. I'm going to have to try to find it on video.