Keeping Up With The Kardashians: Season Two Review

Watching Keeping Up with the Kardashians: Season Two is a little bit like walking in on your parents having sex.  You know it happens, but seeing it makes you want to gouge out your eyes.  But then, with Ryan Seacrest as the executive producer, did you really expect anything else?

For anyone not familiar with the show, it centers around sisters Kourtney, Khloe, and Kim Kardashian, who are famous for absolutely nothing.  Wait, that’s not true.  Kim leapt to fame when her sex tape with Ray J leaked…now that is something to be proud of.  Other recurring “characters” include: Kris Jenner, the girls’ mom and Kim’s manager; Bruce Jenner, Kris’ second husband and former Olympian; Robert Kardashian, Jr., the girls’ younger brother; and Bruce and Kris’ two daughters together, Kendall and Kylie.

Most of the plot points of this show are laughable.  For example, in one episode, the store the sisters co-own is vandalized, and Rob wants to convince them that they need to get better security.  Most brothers would simply discuss the issue with their sisters, like grownups.  But Rob doesn’t think they are taking him seriously, so he and Kourtney’s boyfriend, Scott (he’s not her baby daddy yet in Season 2) decide the best way to convince them it is a big issue is to get fake guns, put on ski masks and stage a holdup.  Other notable moments are Khloe’s escapades in speed dating, Kim’s sexy calendar fiasco, Rob’s relationship with a Cheetah Girl and Kris’ decision to get some live chickens so she could have organic eggs.

On the other hand, there are a few touching moments on the show.  The final episode on the disc depicts the girls’ trip to New Orleans for a fundraiser organized by Reggie Bush, a New Orleans Saints player and Kim’s boyfriend.  The fundraiser is a star studded affair, and goes off without a hitch, but the real treat comes the next day.  As Kim, Khloe, Kourtney and Rob recover from hangovers at brunch, they meet a local family that volunteers to take them on a tour of the city.  The stops are mostly damaged buildings from Hurricane Katrina, and the Kardashians get a first-hand look at the way people are living almost 3 years after the fact.  In an attempt to show their appreciation, Kim calls the charity Reggie works with and makes arrangements for the family to get free furniture after their house is repaired.  It almost makes the Kardashian sisters seem human, for a change.  It’s a nice touch after Khloe and Kourtney’s meltdown over Kim’s new car.

Perhaps the best part of the entire show is that at the end of each episode, some valuable lesson is learned, just in time to be forgotten in the next episode.  Bruce is taught how to dress by a professional stylist and loves his new look, but then wears his pastel rainbow striped shirt in half of the following episodes.  Kim figures out that she can’t be such a diva in the first episode, but conveniently doesn’t remember when her mom pulls the calendar stunt.  And of course, Khloe and Kourtney learn to be nice, no matter how much Kim deserves to be treated otherwise, but when their chance comes to be mean again, I’m sure they will.  My advice for Keeping Up with the Kardashians: Season Two is to do the same thing: watch it once, then forget you ever did.

DVD Bonus Features

Along with several deleted scenes, mostly focusing on Reggie and Kim’s wild sexcapades and Khloe’s knowledge of them, Rob’s video blog can also be found in the special features section.  He and his girlfriend Adrienne provide commentary on their time apart while Adrienne was filming the next Cheetah Girls movie in India, and also on the other Kardashians.  It’s fairly brief and totally missable.

"Keeping Up With The Kardashians: Season Two" is on sale November 10, 2009 and is rated NR. Reality. Directed by N/A. Written by Ryan Seacrest and Eliot Goldberg. Starring Kimberly Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Bruce Jenner, Kris Jenner.

Jessica Guerrasio

Jessica was one of those poor forgotten kids who grew up without cable. This is probably the main reason she is so addicted to television now. She watches EVERYTHING, from reality shows to True Blood to episodes of Sweet Valley High. When not filming her latest Survivor audition tape she freelances.


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