Lionsgate // 2009 // 178 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Gordon Sullivan // April 6th, 2010
They're Sisters. Not Saints.
It wasn't enough that the whole clan was featured in Keeping Up with the Kardashians. No, single sisters Kourtney and Khloé needed their own spin-off show that featured the pair attempting to open a new location of their D-A-S-H store. It's more of the same shenanigans from the pair and although it's not likely to have significant replay appeal, fans will likely be satisfied with the extras and presentation of this release.
Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami revolves around three significant threads: the new D-A-S-H store, Khloé's new radio show Khloé After Dark, and boys. That's pretty much it. There are disagreements between the girls about how to handle all three of these aspects of their lives, and that's where most of the show's drama comes from.
All eight of the episodes in the show's first season are collected on one disc:
* "Paint the Town Dash"
* "Sex, Drugs, and Consequences"
* "Hangover Helpers"
* "Kourt Gone Wild"
* "Seems like Old Times"
* "All Men are Dogs"
* "Land of the Lost"
* "Executive Decisions"
I'm still trying to piece together my brain after sitting through Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami: The Complete First Season. I can only see only a couple of possible ways to enjoy this show and its protagonists. The first way is pure vicarious living. These girls are treated to the best in pretty much everything. For this season they live in an exclusive Miami hotel, they drive fancy cars in fancy clothes, and can pretty much get into any establishment they want to without waiting in line. If all you want to see is beautiful people doing beautiful things, then this show does a decent job showcasing what kinds of fun the rich can get up to in Miami. Watching Kourtney and Khloé might also make you feel better about being poor. Even though you can't afford to drive a Jag, at least you can console yourself with the knowledge you're not as vapid, obnoxious, and prone to manufactured drama as the Kardashian sisters. This DVD is like eight 30-minute slices of superiority in a single disc.
But what, you might wonder, about the ironic viewer who comes to Kourtney and Khloé for some trashy fun? I pity those viewers, because all that awaits in these eight episodes are pain. I have nothing against watching rich people behave badly. I'm even willing to put up with the manufactured drama and silly competitions of most reality TV programming. What I'm not willing to put up with, however, is shoddy filmmaking. This what puts Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami at the bottom of the barrel for me. Each episode sort of has a general theme, but there's almost no attempt to construct a narrative. The editing is slapdash, and it's not always clear if a cut indicates the passage of one minute, one hour, or one day. In addition to the usual fly-on-the-wall footage the show incorporates talking-head interviews with the Kardashians and many of the people they work with or encounter. These scenes do a decent job giving insight into what the people were feeling, but they would be much more effective if they provided some narrative drive for these episodes. So, those looking to find some trashy fun in Kourtney and Khloé will have to wade through suspect editing and a general listlessness in these episodes to get to the drama.
For those who have to relive every moment of the Kardashians in Miami, Lionsgate has done a fine job bringing the show to DVD. Despite packing eight episodes onto a single disc and not springing for the anamorphic upgrade, the transfer doesn't seem to suffer. There's a bright, neon-inflected atmosphere around Miami, and the bright lights are portrayed well here. The show's many darker scenes, as in dance clubs, are surprisingly good looking. The soundtrack is okay, but has to contend with location sound that can only be cleaned up so much. Subtitles are occasionally provided when someone is speaking over the phone or otherwise difficult to hear, but their inclusion for all audio would have been a tremendous help in deciphering what was going on when some of the characters get hysterical (although closed captions are available, they're not as convenient).
Extras include a set of deleted scenes for Kourtney and Khloé as well as some extra "Khloé After Dark" interviews. There's also an entire second disc that contains the wedding episode for Keeping Up With the Kardashians, complete with its own set of deleted scenes.
For those who absolutely have to have more of the Kardashians, Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami offers up almost three hours of the sister's lives in a solid DVD package. For those looking for some light-weight reality fun, look elsewhere since these episodes are not narratively coherent enough to be compelling viewing.
Kourtney and Khloé are guilty of being vapid and incoherent.
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Scales of Justice
* 1.78:1 Non-Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
* English (CC)
Running Time: 178 Minutes
Release Year: 2009
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Bonus Episode
* Deleted Scenes
* Official Site
* Kourtney's Twitter
* Khloe's Twitter
* Kim's Twitter