DVD Review: Pawn Stars Collection Three
Pawn Stars is another reality TV show in the fast expanding genre that was essentially kicked off my England’s Antiques Roadshow so many years ago. Here we focus on the family run pawn shop, Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in, where else but, Las Vegas.
The Pawn Shop is open 24 hours 7 days a week, but we just get to se the punters who bring in the interesting stuff. It’s a basic premise, seller brings in an item, and if they have done their homework, will tell the boys about it. If it sounds valuable, but the boys are not sure they will get an expert in. Expert will then give them the good or bad news, and the seller will then ask for top dollar, to which the boys will bring them back down to earth offering only about 40% of the lower estimate.
Hey it’s a business and they’ve got to make money.
The show succeeds on two levels, the interesting factor of seeing some rare or unusual things and the haggling over the price and the making or breaking of dreams.
The show is fronted by four main characters, even though the show tends to focus on only three of them. Grandfather, father (and owner), son and son’s best friend. Father and owner Rick is the one who carries the show. The grandfather or “The Old Man” is just too rude and obnoxious, presented as funny, but isn’t. The son and his best friend are cast as idiot and play the roles well. The thing that really grates me however, so how much both t he father and grandfather come down on the two younger boys. Once or twice they deserve it and it’s funny, other times it’s just rude.
But as I said before, the strength is in the interesting objects, and Pawn Stars has plenty.
PG Low level offensive language.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read