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The Hot Flashes (2013)

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Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 25
Fresh: 9
Rotten: 16

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 11
Fresh: 3
Rotten: 8

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 719

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Movie Info

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

Rating:
R (for some sexual content and drug use)
Genre:
Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Brad Hennig
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Aug 13, 2013
Runtime:
Vertical Entertainment - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Hot Flashes

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (16)

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.

Full Review… | July 12, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

A Lifetime movie, minus the commercials, but with every predictable twist and turn and treacly message intact. She shoots. It bores.

Full Review… | July 12, 2013
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Lifetime movies have their pleasures, and so does this film.

Full Review… | July 11, 2013
New York Post
Top Critic

[A] strained and soapy empowerment comedy ...

Full Review… | July 11, 2013
Variety
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 11, 2013
Washington Post
Top Critic

This comedy deserves credit for taking a decided viewpoint - and delivering a heartfelt if occasionally misguided message.

Full Review… | July 11, 2013
USA Today
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 17, 2013
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.

Full Review… | August 15, 2013
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.

Full Review… | August 8, 2013
Movie Metropolis

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

Full Review… | July 22, 2013
Cinemalogue.com

A sparkling, heartfelt albeit slightly uneven dramedy refreshingly grounded in realism.

Full Review… | July 14, 2013
NYC Movie Guru

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

Full Review… | July 12, 2013
Film Journal International

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

Full Review… | July 11, 2013
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.

Full Review… | July 11, 2013
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.

Full Review… | July 11, 2013
Blu-ray.com

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

Full Review… | July 10, 2013
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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