MTV's The Real World Exotic Vacations (2002)
Review by Igraine

Hosted by Amaya (from the Hawaii cast), Jamie (from the New Orleans cast), and Theo (from the Chicago cast)


Anamorphic: N/A; appears in its original 1.33:1 format
My Advice: Rent it if you are a fan of the show

Amaya, Jaime, and Theo gather at the Chicago house to reminisce on their exotic vacations given to them as part of being the MTV's The Real World. Amaya's cast from Hawaii went to India, Jaime's cast from New Orleans went to Southern Africa, and Theo's cast from Chicago went to exotic New England (Due to the events on September 11, 2001).

The three sit and pose questions to each other in an overly rehearsed setting. They were so uptight, especially Amaya. It would have been better and more laid back had just Jaime done the segues.

We are treated to an insider's look at these vacations, which on the regular series, gets maybe one thirty minute episode dedicated to it. We see the London, Miami, Boston, Seattle, Hawaii, New Orleans, New York (the second ones), and the Chicago casts romp around on their respective jaunts.

The DVD is divided into eighteen sections that include such things as: "Exotic Accommodations," where we see the New Orleans cast sleeping in grass huts in the dirt; "Where is the Restroom in this Place?", which is the cast...well you can figure out the rest; "Exotic Cuisine," which shows the New Orleans cast eating grub worms and "Exotic Illness," which shows various cast members with various maladies, etc. Each of these sections is introduced by one or more of the hosts, but the script they had to work with was appallingly bad.

The special features are typical for The Real World DVDs we've seen thus far. "Travel tips" are video tips from Amaya & Jaime on what to expect when traveling in Third World countries. The "Host and Location Profiles" are textual, which is a disappointment, and I would expect more of MTV: home of the flashy video and many a jumpcut.

All in all, it's not that bad. I just wouldn't spend my money buying the DVD, simply because there's not much to it. Just snippets of video. Only the hardcore RW fans should plonk down the coin, the normal fans should rent it. Non-fans won't receive much benefit from viewing it.

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