"Flavor of Love", a reality series featuring former Public Enemy rapper Flavor Flav, became a trashy hit for VH1 and ended up spinning off another series, "I Love New York", featuring one of "Flavor"'s most memorable characters. MTV, meanwhile, was obviously watching the success of "Flavor" and wanted to create a similar success that they could call their own.
While "A Shot at Love" doesn't quite reach the lowbrow heights of "Flavor", the series certainly gives it a good try and even manages to toss in a "twist" of its own. The series stars singer and "internet sensation" (I can't quite figure out why she became an internet sensation, but I guess that's neither here-nor-there) Tila Tequila, who starts off the show looking for love and meets up with a group of the usual reality-show guys (including one Italian guy that sounds as if he's trying to be Borat), who all fit a series of stereotypes.
However, while the guys are all hooting and hollering at Tila, they remain unaware that Tila actually also likes the ladies. The next day, a series of girls also meet Tila and, of course, are unaware that Tila also leans the other way. Eventually, the two sides meet and while the guys are intrigued by the fact that they're playing against women for Tila's attention, the girls seem...well, pissed.
Both groups are not exactly thrilled to find that they will all be sharing the same giant bed, but they work it out over - you guessed it - a pillow fight. Each week, the contestants bicker, fight and plot against one another, as well as occasionally enter into some minor contests (such as, um, creative car washing.) Particularly amusing is Tila's visit to the family of one of the contestants later in the season.
While I may sound a little harsh regarding the series, it is what it is: mindless fun. The show is trashy, goofy and it clearly knows it is what it is, just as much as the similar shows in the genre do. There are some moments that are clearly staged, and actually manage to be more amusing for it, because they are just that obvious, such as a fight that ends with a contestant shouting "Tila!" at the top of his lungs from outside when he's given the boot. He then swats at the plants in the driveway and appears to have trouble pushing over some potted flowers. There's also a brief (but rather intense) catfight.
Where the series falls a little short though, is Tila herself. While it's understandable that she doesn't have as much personality as Flavor Flav (who does?), she often seems to be reading lines and her performance can seem rather artificial - some of the contestants have more personality than she does. Overall, the series is amusing, and increasingly ridiculous. It's not the most over-the-top of the new wave of cable "reality" dating shows, but as this kind of fare goes, it has its moments.
This is an "uncensored" presentation, but the only uncensored element is the language, as visual naughtiness is blurred.
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VIDEO: "A Shot at Love" is presented by Paramount in 1.33:1 full-frame, the show's original aspect ratio. Image quality appears to be about the same as broadcast, with images looking consistently crisp and clean, if never razor-sharp.
Aside from some minor shimmering and a couple of tiny moments of artifacting, the picture looked crisp and clean. Colors remained bright and vibrant, with no smearing or other issues.
SOUND: "A Shot at Love" is presented with a first-rate stereo soundtrack, which clearly presents every silly line. The score and sound effects take a fairly minor background role in the sound mix, but are still clearly heard.
EXTRAS: A total of 14 extended/deleted scenes.
Final Thoughts: "A Shot at Love" doesn't have the most engaging "lead" in Tila, but the series manages enough goofy, lowbrow moments to remain mildly enjoyable mindless reality fare. The DVD set provides fine audio/video quality, along with a few extras. Recommended for reality TV fans.