The Simple Life (S1)
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Hilton hotel heiress/legendary party girl Paris Hilton and her best friend Nicole Richie (Lionel Richie’s daughter) try to change lifestyles for 30 days as they move from Beverly Hills to a filthy farmhouse in some backwoods Arkansas town. This is a 7-episode reality TV show and unlike Paris’ other latest “work” (read review here), it doesn't have any blowjobs in it (if you don’t count the outtakes).
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I had never watched a reality TV show before reviewing this series and based on it alone, I probably never will again. My fear of what these shows would feel like was realized – i.e. most of what was going on felt phony and orchestrated. Don’t get me wrong, these girls were actually there and they certainly did have to “rough it” a bit, but in real life, the people wouldn’t have been half as lenient towards them if they were pulling that shit and no cameras were around. Basically, I’m one of the firm believers that thinks nobody is truly themselves when they know they’re being taped and that takes the entire fun out of any reality show...in my opinion. It didn’t help that they had a narrator with a silly southern accent “dumbing” things down throughout the shows either. God, I hated that guy!! That being said, let’s get to the good stuff…
I did enjoy a few laughs from a lot of the things that the girls were saying. They are totally out of their element and their ignorance and materialism shines through very well with some of the golden nuggets that come out of their mouths. Also, Nicole’s a great cocktease. She likes to screw around and often lets it slip that she’s horny as a hellcat whenever she can. Both girls come off very endearing, and sexy (yes, even the chubby Nicole looked cute sometimes) which made watching the shows a little bearable. Also, I’m pretty certain the man of the house (Pa Leding) wanted to bang them. Unfortunately, the show never followed these interesting angles and instead decided to cover Paris falling for some sissy boy redneck doofus who was actually fooled into thinking she’d actually remember his name the second she left Arkansas air space (wow, that’s pretty mean, even for me). The show is not worth watching. A big waste of time, kids.
Simple Life Test Presentation: This is an eight-minute “short” of sorts that appears to be what the network used to showcase the idea of Paris & Nicole roughing it. In it, the girls spend time and work at a pet grooming salon. Bah...Paris looks cute in this, but that’s about it.
5 Outtakes: (sorry guys, the blowjob thing was a joke) These are just a few short clips of the girls screwing up some more. The best one being the first clip which features the girls packing at their Bel-Air homes. I liked it because Paris’ adorable sister Nicky shows up. What a sweetie! Why didn’t she tag along with them to live with the hillbillies? Anyway, I was fuming by the end of these clips because I was dying for a Lionel Richie cameo – which I didn’t get. Btw, Nicole is white, Lionel is black – you do the math.
Paris was a cutie, Nicole was super cool, but in the end, this whole experiment isn’t worth much of your precious viewing time - despite not ever being boring. Don’t rent it, don’t buy it and if you want to add a little more spice into your life, watch Paris fucking her ex-loser boyfriend on some internet website instead. That’s where the hummers are at.