(In honor of D-Nice on his graduation)
By “Laguna Beach,” I mean the MTV “reality” series, not the town itself.
1. The show is very easy to watch! There is only about 10 minutes of content per half hour show, none of which is at all significant.
2. The show is not only heavily edited, it is obviously staged as well. For example, when Stephen picks up LC at the airport and then drives her to San Francisco, they show them on the Golden Gate Bridge. You do not take the GGB into The City from the airport! Or when Kristin is getting out of the hot tub talking on the phone, she has sunglasses on, but then they cut to a different camera angle and she has her sunglasses off (OK, you have to watch this scene in slow motion to notice this gaff, but I’m willing to do this as an aspiring TV critic).
3. It shows that spoiled rich kids are insecure just like everyone else. Of course, their insecurity doesn’t have anything to do with having enough food, shelter, or clothing, but can you really hold that against them?
4. Kids call their friends parents by their first names because, after all, the parents are their kids’ friends, not authority figures for God’s sake!
5. LC can, without any hint of irony, call someone else “dumb as dirt” despite the fact that she is “in jail” for not getting C’s in her high school classes. Her best friend, Lo, is rejected from USC, Morgan is rejected from BYU, and Trey is rejected from NYU. Of course, Stephen and Dieter succeed at getting into the California state university system (practically an open admission policy), and Christina is going to SMU. So, Stephen, Dieter, and Christina are the intellectual pacesetters of this crew!? That’s a dreamworld for the intellectually challenged.
Bonus: Like the students at my university, the “cast” of Laguna Beach complain about not liking “the bubble,” but they don’t do anything about it – because they actually like living in a bubble! (Witness LC, Season 2)