The Hills: Season 3
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Heidi and Lauren maintain their distance, while Whitney contemplates leaving Teen Vogue in this season of the MTV series. Bonuses: deleted scenes, interviews, commentary, featurettes.
The third season of The Hills is alive with the sound of arguing, crying, and making up (sort of) by the telegenic quartet known as Lauren, Heidi, Whitney and Audrina. Glitzy, fabulous and completely unrealistic, this top-rated MTV reality series thrives on the conceit that pretty girls are jealous of each other when one of them has a boyfriend. But if that boyfriend is Spencer (Heidi's big-toothed Svengali-in-training), it's not necessarily jealousy the girls are feeling so much as revulsion. With her enhanced bosom on display, Heidi makes a weak attempt at independence this season, calling Spencer out for trying to control her. But watching the two--derisively known as Speidi--talk wanly, the vignettes come off as rehearsed as they've alluded to in interviews. Never mind that she flies off to Las Vegas to get some perspective. Are we really to believe that without receiving a call from her, Spencer figures out all by himself where she's staying in time to arrive for a heartfelt confrontation where both appear to have on their share of stage makeup? Reality isn't the drawing card of The Hills. It's watching a group of young, gorgeous twentysomethings living high on the hog in glamorous careers that appear to be incredibly lucrative. In reality, the core group work in fields where the paycheck could barely afford them to rent a small apartment together. Audrina is an intern at a record label, Lauren is an intern at a magazine, and Heidi is employed by a PR firm that apparently doesn't mind that she really doesn't seem to do all that much. And yet we're led to believe that these gals can live a Paris Hilton lifestyle, without Hilton's trust fund. But part of the guilty pleasure in watching The Hills is that mixed in with all the make-believe lifestyle is a lot of true confessions and drama. As pretty as she is, Lauren seems to have issues when her friends get boyfriends. Granted, she is usually right on the money about their lack of character. But she doesn't know when to stop interfering in her friends' lives and lectures and whines to the point where no one wants to hear about it anymore--not even her loyal viewers. The liberal use of "I love you" that is thrown around to friends they've just made also is telling. When the girls figure out that the phrase should be used sparingly and to people who've actually earned their love and trust, they may stand a shot at finding men who will truly return their affection. And those guys probably won't want their relationship filmed on subsequent seasons of the show. --Jae-Ha Kim
- Deleted scenes
- Virtual Hills
- Fashion: The Life
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I love how this is the biggest season so far. There's at least double the episodes in this season than in season 1 (I know reality shows did really well when the writers strike was on). In the first episode, we see that there is still tension and drama between Lauren and Heidi. Now they are complete enemies. Audrina becomes Laurens roommate. Later down the track we see Heidi and Spencer get closer to their wedding, boyfriends come and go, the introduction of Spencers sister Stephanie, Lauren and Whitney going to Paris, lots of nightclubbing, new roommates and on and on.
While The Hills may not be everyones cup of tea, it's better than any soap on TV. It kind of hypnotises you and hooks you in. I really enjoy watching it and recommend it to all reality show freaks and people who love trashy yet fun shows. It's great.
I love watching this show and yelling at the tv like they can hear me...
Lauren is growing as a person and I like that she has messy relationships. She stayed friends with an ex (jason), she lost a friend, she stayed in school, she made peace with Stephanie. ..she and Audrina became roommates and better friends. Whitney will always be my favorite and while she was great at teen vogue I'm glad she branched out. I will always like her for what she doesn't show thougb, she doesn't show her personal life, she doesn't show her love life, she doesn't start s*** and she doesn't do drama...
And heidi...omg...what a skank...Never liked her but this season made her look like the dumb blonde bimbo that she really is...new Boobs and all...and the guys on this show all suck...Justin Bobby is a weirdo, Brody is kinda a tool and Spencer obviously loves to be the bad guy and start s***. Good season
You have to take it for what it is - young (largely immature) people over-reacting to situations contrived by the producers. There is nothing of much substance here, Heidi and Spencer's relationship is questionable at best, Audrina is an aspiring actress (but nothing is said of this on the tv show in case we think she is actually acting instead of just living her life). However, Lauren and Whitney are incredibly likeable, Heidi is hilarious as the narcissistic airhead and Spencer is the complete villain. In my opinion this makes for good tv. I work all day and when I come home I like to relax and be entertained, and this does the job.
In this season Heidi and Spencer are living together. Heidi's friendship with Lauren falls apart, Audrina has love issues of her own, and Whitney moves on with her career.
Also I think this is the season where Heidi and Spencer have an argument that results in Heidi going to Colorado to see her family. After a while Spencer decides to follow her to sort out their differences. When he gets there, Heidi has a brand new face! Unfortunately for Heidi all this plastic surgery seems to be in vain as Spencer shows no signs of noticing the changes. Their lines might not be scripted but there is enough evidence here to show that this 'reality' tv show is not as real as it claims to be. That shouldn't come as a shock to anybody though.
Bear in mind this is not for everyone. If you don't like 'reality' tv, then stay clear. Alot of the situations are so clearly contrived that it is just unbelievable. If you can take it for what it is - mindless trash tv - then sit back and enjoy. If you're looking for intellectual stimulation, steer clear.
Brody & Lauren's chemistry in this season made me smile. Brody & Spencer no longer being friends because of Brody's decision to remain friends w/Lauren, talk about exciting :).
We see Heidi really transforming into this horrible person , literally from being around Spencer, and shutting out the rest of her preexisting world.
To me, if your a Hills fan , this is a must see. I also enjoy the extra deleted scenes, and other extras that comes on the DVD set.