Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The Secret Life of the American Teenager Volume One|
Actor: Secret Life of the American Teenager
Director: Brenda Hampton
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family, Television
All secrets come to the surface in the fantastic first season of the hit ABC Family original series that has fans and critics buzzing all across America. Good-girl band geek Amy is smart, talented, and pregnant. That is ju... more »
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A Missed Opportunity
Irishman65 | NYC, USA | 11/19/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This show, which centers around an unexpected teen pregnancy, has some poignant moments that show the strength of friendship and family ties. However, all-too-often, the secondary characters come off as cartoonish because of exaggerated behavior or responses, rather than as real people. Molly Ringwald steps in the Mom's role but the writing for her character is flat and creates a somewhat whiny role for her. The biggest problems however, are the handling of the central issue of the pregnancy and the prevalence of teen sex. The age group depicted (15 year olds) is unlikely the age group watching (pre-teens are probably the must see audience). I'd hoped to find family viewing but all too often, even my teens and pre-teens were amazed at the over-the-top writing and situations. So why three stars? Mainly because my kids find the actress who plays the main character quite engaging and the most realistic character of the bunch and they love the bond that she shares with her sister. It's a shame the show doesn't live up to that quality consistently."
If You Take It As A Comedy, It's Better
Scarlett | 02/23/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This show could not cover anymore stereotypes than it does. Band kids, bad boys, Christian do gooders the list goes on and on. The acting is stilted, the script is laughable and the end result is a comedy with a foot in the Juno-like pregnancy craze.
Molly Ringwald is disappointing and just sad. The father is an idiot. The sister has one dimension. The friends are classic, the dumb one and the smart one. The boyfriend makes me want to shudder, could Ben be a bigger creeper? Grace is beyond naive and her boyfriend is just ew. Adrian is almost real, but destroyed by her sexual exploits. Ricky is the typical rebel who of course has a troubled past. And everyone in the school can talk to the loving guidance counselor any second of any day without any fear. I feel bad for Amy, living in a world full of such crazy people! As for Amy though, she's...well she's pretty dull.
Almost every scene takes place in a practically empty hallway showing that the school there must have 20 minute passing times and a student population of 30. With each passing show, it seems like less and less happens except for romantic triangles.
The people who write this show must be laughing at the teenage population as a whole. They have to believe we're all stupid, or else this show wouldn't exist. A drama about a pregnant teenager could have done so well and enlightened people, but this, this is like a soap opera mixed with a health video. They try to nail down teenage life and miss every aspect except that teens go to school. Even the clothing is ridiculous and unreal. No one ever goes to class, has homework, does their respective hobbies, works, or do anything normal.
That being said, this show is a riot if viewed as a spoof.
Worst show ever
Michael Papile | 07/22/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This show is pure propaganda and plain horrible. The acting is dreadful, the plot is laughable and there is not 30 seconds that goes by without the mention of "sex". Of course all the guys in this are cast as sex hungry jerks and the girls as naive. I will not spoil the predictable plot, but of course every situation involves sex and how it is bad. The worst plotline is the one where the chick had protected sex and liked it, and her dad died rushing to stop her. How dumb. They should have paid infomerical rates for this one."
What a sad, sad show!
nycchic120 | New York | 04/26/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I watched a few episodes of this show when there was a marathon running on ABC family. Can you believe that this show is on a FAMILY channel?
This show is NOTHING but a sex show, as EVERYTHING IS ABOUT SEX and revolves around it. It makes Sex and the City look tame. I was so shocked and disgusted. The characters play musical chairs with their lovers, and they aren't even LEGAL yet. I don't know about you, but I was a teenager only a couple of years ago and I knew very few people like this. We had a word for them and it certainly didn't include the words "American teenager." Even if some were sexually active, they were not this sexually active to the point of sleeping with a friend's ex-boyfriend, and their parents knowing about their activities.
This show portrays American teenagers in a horribly negative light, showcasing them as sex crazed and overly promiscuous people. I am ashamed that a show like this was able to be made, shown and promoted for young people to watch. Not to forget that the actors CANNOT act. How have Mayim Bialik aka Blossom and Molly Ringwald, two GOOD actresses, been reduced to star in this hack of a show?
I am in NO WAYS a prude, but having a show like this depicting and glorifying all types of sexual activity for teenagers is degrading. While the show does promote safe sex, a BETTER idea is to promote ABSTINENCE and NOT sleeping around with everyone. The show runs like a soap opera where everyone was at one time or another involved with every other character. There are all the elements of a trashy soap opera in it, with the exception that most of the major characters are in their teens and still in high school.