In this quickie-drama format, the idea of romantic tension becomes a laughable proposition. Two of the "cast" members, Sky and Paul, are getting to know each other, but after only four days of attempting to woo her, Paul engages in a one-night stand with someone else. It's almost pathetic, Sky complaining how she was playing hard to get, which in this locale means waiting six days instead of four. In fact, the producers soon display the couple under the hidden camera getting busy under covers, despite Paul's promiscuous ways. The MTV formula insists that young men learn this lesson: You don't have to be patient or faithful. Some women are loose enough to let you get away with anything.
Then there's Sarah, who gets upset after Matt has a quick rendezvous in the shower with another girl after spending most of the week with her, despite the fact that she has a steady boyfriend back at college. She telegraphs to the other girls that she really would have liked to be tempted into hot and heavy cheating with Matt, but now all the fun has been ruined, and she can't wait to get back to the "best (expletive) boyfriend in the world." Lucky guy. Let's hope he sees this movie and dumps her.
When the lights go up at movie's end, people wonder why they just spent $8. Even the dumb MTV crowd must realize they're possibly dumber than when they walked in. People watching MTV for free have somewhat lower expectations. People cut their toenails or wash dishes or play with the puppy with the TV on. At least for now, the movies are different, where many people go to be dazzled by impossibly beautiful people and impossible special effects. A little cheer is in order, for this episode of beach-blanket booze-and-bimbos bombed.