Fear Factor: Season 1
Taking the bug-eating challenges of "Survivor" to a whole new level, this over-the-top reality show follows the exploits of six brave players who put their fears on the line for money. In the first season, contestants must lie in a pit filled with 400 rats; climb in and out of a car suspended over a ravine; hold on for dear life as two horses drag them through the mud; and scale a climbing wall mounted on the side of a speeding semi.
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NRNot rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this reality series is a compilation of gross-out and potentially life-threatening stunts like ingesting habanero peppers, eating animal body parts, and jumping off buildings. The show relies on sensationalism and controversy among its contestants to keep the content edgy, so expect plenty of trash-talking, some of which hones in on the participants' body types ("fat," "skinny and pretty") for ammunition. Greed and ego are big players in the contestants' motivations, which leaves little room for sportsmanship, and the host often stirs animosity by pitting the players against each other. The bottom line? These aren't good models of healthy competitive behavior for kids, and the challenges themselves might inspire some similar stunts from ill-advised viewers.
- Sexual Content
- Female contestants' skimpy tops reveal a lot of skin, and guys bare their chests to show off their physiques. Some couples kiss, and others talk about their "sexy" bodies.
- All of the stunts are dangerous in some form or another. Contestants crash through barricades strapped to the front of a truck (wearing protective gear in that case), race to free themselves from submerged cars, and eat vile (and potentially hazardous) things like live scorpions and animal eyeballs. Occasionally there are minor injuries or illnesses from the experiences.
- "Ass," "damn," "hell," "piss," and the like are frequent players, and anything stronger is bleeped.
- Social Behavior
- Greed is central to the participants' motivation in putting themselves through the show's outrageous challenges. Contestants bicker and trash-talk each other in an attempt to throw their opponents off their game, even poking fun at their body types (a heavyset competitor is encouraged to "drop a few" and two attractive blondes are called "too pretty" to win) to get under their skin.
- Some episodes award big-ticket prizes like cars throughout the course of the show, in which case their brands are visible.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Not applicable
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it