Plot: What’s it about?
When a young woman turns sixteen, tradition dictates she marks the occasion with a celebration to treasure. For the young women featured on My Super Sweet 16, that celebration needs to be the realization of their fantasies and dreams, anything less is to be scoffed at. Luckily for these young women, they come from wealthy families, so money is no object and whatever their dream might be, it will come true. As MTV’s cameras roll, the young women outline their fantasy celebration, with various themes and the details, large and small that will create that vision. Some parties are planned and executed to perfection, while others don’t have such a smooth path to success. But with money to burn and friends to impress, these Super Sweet 16 parties are sure to dazzle and help create lasting memories.
I’ve never been one to badmouth reality television, but even I have my limits. I watch shows like The Amazing Race and Survivor, but when I watched My Super Sweet 16, I realized why people hate reality television. I know this is MTV and the network is aimed at teens, but wow, this show was terrible. I suppose the themes are interesting at times, so watching the vision come together is sometimes passable, but that is rarely the case. If I wanted to watch rich, oversexed teens complain about minor details in a lavish lifestyle, I’d at least want memorable people involved. Instead all of these girls tend to blend together, the same vapid, stuck up teens, show after show. I suppose teen girls might watch to see the real life fantasies come true, but even then, I can’t see much entertainment value. I can’t recommend My Super Sweet 16 in good faith, but if you’re a fan of MTV’s current style of reality television, then you might consider a rental.
Video: How does it look?
episodes are presented in full frame, as intended. This looks a little better than on digital cable, but still looks like it was shot on video in rather rushed fashion. But all the details of the parties still come across well and if you’re satisfied with broadcast, you’ll appreciate the slight improvement. The image is sharp, but displays a little softness from time to time, while colors and contrast seem accurate throughout. Not the kind of visuals that makes you sit up and take notice, but as I said, the episodes look better than when broadcast, which is good enough.
Audio: How does it sound?
This sounds just like it would if you watched it on cable, basic, but effective. The music might benefit from a boost, especially when live performances are involved, but overall, the audio is up to code. All the other sound effects seem in order and of course, the high pitched screams and hissy fits sound terrific. Like I said with the video, this is more than adequate, but isn’t going to leave you impressed.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This release includes a bonus episode from the third season, as well as a special look at My Super Sweet 16: The Movie.