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30 Days: Season 1

Morgan Spurlock , Alexandra Jamieson    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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From Morgan Spurlock, the Academy Award nominated writer, director, and star of the hit film Supersize Me, comes Thirty Days, the intelligent and innovative TV show that dares to ask: “Do we really know what it’s like to see the world through our neighbors’ eyes?”

Explore some of America’s most pressing social issues by following the lives of ordinary people who agree to live well-outside their comfort zones for thirty days: Spurlock and his fiancée try to make ends meet by working minimum wage jobs, a devout Christian immerses himself in Islamic culture, a homophobic young man goes to live and work in San Francisco’s largely-gay Castro District, and more. Provocative, poignant, and hilarious, Thirty Days is a true original…often unpredictable and always eye-opening!


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can you live 30 days in somebody else's shoes? May 4 2011
By LeBrain HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Taking the cue from his mega-successful Super-Size Me, Morgan Spurlock launced a new show called 30 Days. The premise was similar: Morgan, or someone else, must live a certain lifestyle with strict rules, for a 30 day period. There are six one-hour episodes:

1. Mimimum Wage -- Morgan and his girlfriend must live on minimum wage and nothing more for 30 days. No access to credit cards.
2. Anti-Aging -- A man must take anti-aging drugs and hormones as many others have done, as well as excersize.
3. Muslims and America -- A Christian man lives with a Muslim family for one month, adopting their customs and manner of dress. This was one of the best episodes. It illustrates the prejudices infecting America today, and the similarities of the two faiths.
4. Straight Man in a Gay World -- Another Christian man goes to live in a gay neighborhood of San Fransisco with a gay roomate. This was another great eye-opening episode
5. Off the Grid -- Two New Yorkers must go live in a green community for 30 days, giving up the modern luxuries and lifestyle. One of them has a real hard time giving up meat, the other doesn't like doing without hair products.
6. Binge Drinking Mom -- A mom takes up her daughter's hard-drinking lifestyle and parties for 30 days. She must also continue to work as normal.

Some might say that Spurlock picks on conservatives a lot, and challenges them to change their viewpoints. That may well be. Any changes that happen here certainly appear onscreen to be a natural offshoot of living in another person's shoes. It doesn't matter who you are -- I think this series can be enlightening to anyone.

And of course, it's entertaining too.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and eye opening :-) June 18 2006
By Little Miss Cutey - Published on Amazon.com
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This is fantastic work. It's so well done and this is what reality tv should really be about. It's an honest look at various subjects and how society views certain situations etc.

What Morgan has done should give him some kind of award. He himself and his girlfriend showed America what it would be like (and is on a day to day basis) for people to live on minimum wage for 30 days. How there is no money for anything but essentials and even then that's scarce. A visit to the hospital could wipe someone out for weeks. Not only does the hospital visit cost money, but time away from work means no pay.

He also got other people to trade lives for 30 day periods. A homophobic lives in gay San Francisco, a redneck goes to Muslim America, a mother drinks as much as her college daughter does. It really opens your eyes to people who are different to you, how other people live and things we take for granted in our lives. I really recommend that everyone should see this because there is so much to learn from it.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reality That's Exciting July 27 2006
By Col. Sanders - Published on Amazon.com
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30 Days is a wonderful T.V. show that explores touchy subjects among Americans and gives you both sides of the story (Literally).

This show not only explores the differences between people, but it also opens your eyes to some things you may never have known before (Or things you didn't understand)

In one of the episodes, A white christian lives with a Muslim family for 30 days. He learns their customs, language, and learns about their religion. This episode particularly shows Americans that Muslims are not what people stereotype them to be.

30 Days is a pretty good reality show as well as an experiment combining different type of people, I HIGHLY recommend getting this DVD set. Although there are only 6 episodes, they are 45 minutes each and $20 is a pretty fair deal.
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Morgan is Brilliant-Must See TV reality show is Excellence! July 13 2006
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I must admit that I am by no means an advocate of reality television. In my own opinion, a lot of what we view as reality television, I consider "crap-TV". There seems to be no relevence or importance to any of it, besides degradation or humiliation for financial gain. Now, someone has finally come along with "expose TV" where a subject "lives the life" for 30 days. Spawned from the highly publicized, controversial documentary "Super-Size Me", this show takes a weekly stab at controversial material and brings it to the light of day. Morgan Spurlock, in my book, is a genius. His down to earth approach to expose journalism is brilliant. Some of the subjects covered are living life of minimum wage, homophobia, American views of the Muslim religion, America's obsession with Anti-Aging, Binge drinking and more. Eye opening,shocking and sad commentary on where we are in our lives, but uplifting in the thought that....it makes you think. Best of reality TV! Highly recommended!
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only a bad transition to DVD could spoil this treasure July 7 2006
By K. Varraso - Published on Amazon.com
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One of those shows that gets you right in the pit of your stomach, leaving you drained and unable to think of anything else. Our nation's lawmakers would do well to watch the "living on minimum wage" episode, and hopefully they will never view the "Living Off the Grid" one. (alternate title: Better Living Through Chemicals)

You'll think seriously about your relationship with God, and if the outer trappings really mean that much once you visit Michigan, which has many immigrants who practice the Muslm faith. Then you get to wonder why these gentle, learned people are so demonized, and if the "War on Terror" is merely another Crusade, ~500 yrs late.

You will meet the most patient person on Earth, Ed, who lives in the Castro District of San Francisco, who takes in a lovable, heterosexual Caveman for a houseguest. Surprisingly, both are changed at the end of the month (Ed less than Thor, of course). This episode, like most of the others, grabs your attention and doesn't let you go until the ride has come to a complete stop. You stumble through the exit and turn off the television, thinking about what the heck you've seen.

We saw all the episodes multiple times (Thank You, TIVO), and have pre-ordered the DVDs. Our hope is that the DVDs will add loads of new material and teasers for the coming season. But even if it doesn't, just getting to watch the episodes once more without commercials will be a real treat.

This television series is best for adults and older teens; parents of younger teens will have to decide on a case by case basis.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much needed media to counter the divisive junk. Dec 21 2006
By Preston C. Enright - Published on Amazon.com
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In so many ways our conglomerate media divides people in terms of race and class and so forth. Spurlock's "30 Days" brings together the "opposites" for them to discover their commonalities. Big, burly bikers spending time at an ecovillage, fundamentalist Christians living with Muslims, middle class people experiencing minimum wage - all these scenarios provide insights, many laughs, and opportunities to look upon the "other" with more compassionate eyes.

I'm glad the DVD includes Spanish subtitles, as I'm studying that language. And I'm looking forward to Season II, which includes an episode where a border-watching "Minuteman" spends a month in a village in Mexico, and becomes much more sympathetic regarding the plight of economic refugees from Latin America.

Spurlock's DVD "Super Size Me" is also worth purchasing, especially if you have people in your life that have been manipulated by the marketing of the fast food industry.
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