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The Hot Flashes (2013)

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Average Rating: 4.7/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 7

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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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Aug 13, 2013

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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.

July 12, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A Lifetime movie, minus the commercials, but with every predictable twist and turn and treacly message intact. She shoots. It bores.

July 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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Lifetime movies have their pleasures, and so does this film.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
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[A] strained and soapy empowerment comedy ...

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
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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.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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This comedy deserves credit for taking a decided viewpoint - and delivering a heartfelt if occasionally misguided message.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: USA Today
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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.

September 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

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.

August 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune

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.

August 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Abundant good intentions help to soften the predictably mild impact of this broad female-empowerment comedy.

July 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
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A sparkling, heartfelt albeit slightly uneven dramedy refreshingly grounded in realism.

July 14, 2013 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

Funny, sometimes funky feminist fable by ur-feminist director Susan Seidelman is easy to like, if hard to believe.

July 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Older women may still have game, but comedy drops the ball.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

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.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

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.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
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Early in The Hot Flashes, Brooke Shields is seen reading Menopause For Dummies, and it doesn't take long to realize that's precisely what you're watching.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Susan Seidelman's attempts to provide positive, alternative representations of marginalized people and problems is overly ambitious.

July 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

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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