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The Simple Life DVD Review

The Simple Life

March 12, 2003

Director: Brian Caldirola, Jeff Fisher,
Starring: Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, Albert Leding, Braxton Leding, Braxton Luke Leding, Cayne Leding, Curly Leding, Janet Leding, Justin Leding, Richard Leding, David Richards, Tinkerbell the Dog, John Gary, Trae Lindley, ,

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DVD Review

When asked to look at a DVD featuring Paris Hilton, I was naturally interested. After all, as I’d spent countless hours downloading footage of her I may as well see what she looks like without the grainy poor quality video image.

Unfortunately, what I received wasn’t some hotel romp filmed in night-vision (scared at my level of knowledge? You should be) but instead was the latest in Stateside reality TV.

Paris Hilton and Nicole Ritchie, daughter of Lionel, spend a month on a farm. Sound appealing? Didn’t think so.

Yet the Americans loved it. Two rich bitches get stripped (not literally) of their credit cards, cell phones and cash and have to slum it for thirty days with the Leding family in Arkansas. Now this is hardly throwing them in the jungle and making them eat bugs, ala’ Tara Palmer Tomkinson, no, they have to endure such harshness as (eeew) making their own beds and (eeeeeeew) driving a Ford pick-up truck. Surely we’re taking reality TV too far this time? What next, David Beckham has to live three weeks without a comb?

So, what thrilling adventures do they get into? Well, they refuse to pluck a chicken, can’t be bothered to do any work and like to sleep in every day. Riveting stuff. Yes, they are posh bitches and have never seen a farm before, but let’s face it, the majority of Americans are laughing at the Leding family just as much as they are the two blondes. They live on a farm for heaven’s sake? They have silly accents and they’ve never been on a plane!

In reality there’s something to detest about both parties, because the Ledings, and indeed the whole town, have little or no interest in the outside world. While it’s true that Paris and Nicole believe they live at the centre of the universe, in some respects they do. The townsfolk from Arkansas also believe they’re better than the girls, and are equally snobby (if not more so) than either Paris or Nicole ever were.

As entertainment this ranks as one of the worst reality TV shows to come out of the US, but hard as it is to imagine, they have a second series starting soon. I guess the girls’ motivation for doing the show was clear; get a career out of it. Much like our very own TPT the girls are famous without anyone truly knowing what it is they actually do; and if this series is anything to go by, they don’t actually do anything at all.

If you’re the kind of person who’ll watch this show, then you won’t have made it through this whole review due to the many words and sentences. As harsh as that sounds, it’s sadly true.

J.D. is a freelance writer who is currently doing research for a book on the films of Michael Mann. He likes reading anything written by Jack Kerouac, James Ellroy, J.D. Salinger, Harlan Ellison or Thomas Pynchon. J.D. is currently addicted to the T.V. series 24 and enjoys drinking a lot of Sprite. This is not a blatant plug for the beverage but if they ever decided to give him a lifetime supply he certainly wouldn’t turn them down.
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