Please Marry My Boy – Trashtastic Viewing – Starts Tonight on Channel 7 at 8.30pm
You know a reality TV show is good when at the end of an episode including the ad breaks you think “is that it?”. Please Marry My Boy was a one hour episode that felt like it was over in twenty minutes!
It was fast paced entertaining TV with quite a few laugh out loud moments. If you are a fan of Dinner Date, Four Weddings and Beauty and The Geek chances are you will love this show, and it makes the Farmer Wants A Wife speed dating episode look like it is on valium.
Please Marry My Boy is about four single guys who are letting their mothers select their girls for them. It is well cast with two mothers who appear to be absolute nightmares, and two of the guys who may not be quite the catches they may superficially appear to be. Read my recap which will be up after the show has screened to get my full and frank views of the cast.
The show is based on the US show Momma’s Boys which was screened very late at night on Channel Seven last year, and had quite a few fans on this blog.
The cast of the show is here, however it includes Matt Kenny and his mother Karen, Tony Turco and his mum Elva, Brendan Smith and Anne, and Vlad Lalic and Milena. Ada Nicodemou is host.
The episode starts off with each mother and boy interviewing ten girls in a speed date type scenario. The mother ends up picking three to go with her to live. Seriously there obviously is a lack of single guys in Australia as the majority of these girls seemed lovely as well as attractive. OK there were a couple of dodgy girls….
What is interesting about the concept of this show which we will see over the coming weeks is does a mother know best about who would be a good life partner for her child?
In western society we have this notion of romantic love and picking out own marriage partner however in other cultures marriages are arranged on factors that may not include physical attraction and love.
Do these relationships last longer because they are based on expectations that don’t involve mind blowing lust for the next 20 years of their life?
A recent study by a Queensland University says this may be the case, as the divorce rates are lower. However the study was flawed in my opinion as it contrasted Chinese marriages to Australian ones. It stated the divorce rate was lower as smaller gestures like washing up or fixing the car were seen to be showing the love between the partners.
I also suspect the lower divorce rates were also related to the lower socio-economic status of families in that country, and would be similar to the separation rates that Australia had at the beginning and middle of last century. Financial constraints do make it difficult for couples to split. The study does acknowledge the Chinese divorce rate is starting to increase because of the rising affluence of the country. So maybe the notion of romantic love comes with the freedom of increased education for women and men and not having to worry about where the next meal is coming from or how the rent is going to be paid.
It should be noted Chinese culture is not one where marriages are arranged as much as other asian or middle eastern cultures, however family approval would be extremely important when choosing a match.
There are pros and cons to both marriage models. What do you think?
Please Marry My Boy does not really delve into that, well not in episode one, it is just hilarious TV with a well cast ensemble.
Please Marry My Boy premieres tonight, Monday 30 January, on Channel 7 at 8.30pm. If you only have time for one hour of reality TV in a week this is the show to watch.