The Hot Flashes (2013)
The Hot Flashes is about a basketball team of unappreciated middle-aged Texas women, all former high school champs, who challenge the current high school girls' state champs to raise money for breast cancer prevention. Sparks fly as the women go to comic extremes to prove themselves on and off the court, become a national media sensation, and gain a new lease on life. (C) Official Site
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Critic Reviews for The Hot Flashes
In critical ways, the movie is a mess. The basketball scenes are so sloppy and haphazard that the would-be slapstick registers as confusion. But away from the court, the actors bring their caricatures to folksy comic life.
A Lifetime movie, minus the commercials, but with every predictable twist and turn and treacly message intact. She shoots. It bores.
Even though it earns an R rating for profanity and some risque material, it's too meek and mild-mannered to qualify as brave, or even slyly subversive.
This comedy deserves credit for taking a decided viewpoint - and delivering a heartfelt if occasionally misguided message.
unlikely to put Susan Seidelman back in the front ranks of Hollywood, even though it is an enjoyable, albeit highly derivative, comedy that dares to put "women of a certain age" front and center.
It's heart is in the right place, but -- with poor writing, lame humor and dreadful on-court sequences -- that's one of the only things right about it.
By and large this is a film meant to do exactly what the film's charity event does: to provide light entertainment while raising money for a good cause.
Abundant good intentions help to soften the predictably mild impact of this broad female-empowerment comedy.
A sparkling, heartfelt albeit slightly uneven dramedy refreshingly grounded in realism.
Funny, sometimes funky feminist fable by ur-feminist director Susan Seidelman is easy to like, if hard to believe.
The leads in The Hot Flashes come across as one-dimensional, pseudo-feminist clichés whose conversations seem contrived and whose jokes land with the thud of airballs clunking on hardwood.
Seidelman's direction holds the picture in place, and its interest in health issues and cancer awareness is commendable. There's predictability a-plenty, but also some heart to make the pains of familiarity palatable.
Audience Reviews for The Hot Flashes
Everyone thought their glory days were over. Everyone thought wrong.
Good movie! I did find some of it funny but again the jokes weren't really for me. The message of this movie is inspiring and does leave you feeling good even though the movie is very predictable. The one thing I can say about this is that it would have been very good as a Lifetime movie instead of a direct-to-DVD movie. Overall, better then I expected but I think if you are the audience this is going for you will really like it.
An unlikely basketball team of unappreciated middle-aged Texas women, all former high school champs, challenge the current arrogant high school girls' state champs to a series of games to raise money for breast cancer prevention. Sparks fly as these marginalized women go to comic extremes to prove themselves on and off the court, and become a national media sensation.
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