30 Days - Season 1
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Explore some of AmericaÂ'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 fiancÃ(c)e 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 FranciscoÂ's largely-gay Castro District, and more. Provocative, poignant, and hilarious, Thirty Days is a true originalÂ...often unpredictable and always eye-opening!
The stories don't all have happy endings: the Phoenix woman's drinking has no affect whatsoever on her daughter, and the steroid guy drops out when his sperm count almost immediately drops to zero. But the discomfort felt by the others seems genuine, as do the lessons in tolerance and cultural understanding they eventually learn, even given the artificial confines of reality TV. What's more, Spurlock provides some real information along the way, telling us how many drinks it takes to be over the legal limit in Arizona (five shots ought to do it) or how many passages in the Bible are interpreted as proscribing homosexuality (six), detailing the negative side effects of "anti-aging" medicines (too many to list here), and offering insight into such Muslim customs as prayer and fasting (the Christian dresses in Muslim garb and even learns a little Arabic). Extra features include commentary (by Spurlock and others) on four of the episodes, as well as "Diary Cams" (outtakes, basically) for all six. --Sam Graham
- Commentary on 4 episodes
- "Diary Cam" for every episode
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Features six 40 min episodes on two disks. In the first one about min. wage he and his gal get a cheap place to live, ride the bus and get entry level jobs. Read morePublished 1 month ago by ellison
I use the 30 days minimum wage in my Teen Living class and my students loved it.Published 6 months ago by E/L Edwards
Sorry but the episode about living on minimum wage is really bad. I watched it in class (I'm a teacher) and it didn't go over well. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Janelle
OUTSTANDING, touches the heart, I used the 'segment' on living on Minimum Wage, slightly dated (but outstanding).Published 13 months ago by Elizabeth G
Used in my AP language class-very helpful. Arrived quicklyPublished 18 months ago by Jennifer M. Campbell
I am a high school Health Education teacher who also teaches concurrent courses through our local community college. Read morePublished on May 22, 2014 by Mary J. Tucker
This really is a smart television program. Mr. Spurlock looks at controversial issues that are plaguing our country today, and then he out himself in that particular situation for... Read morePublished on April 6, 2014 by Dr. Oceanfront
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