Bad Parents

2012 UR 1h 32m DVD

Bad Parents

2012 UR 1h 32m DVD
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When a suburban mom enrolls her kid on a soccer team, she is thrust into a world of overzealous parents who take competition personally. The coach is as juvenile as the parents, and when the team gets a shot at the finals, the tantrums start to fly.
Janeane Garofalo, Christopher Titus, Michael Boatman, Cheri Oteri, Bill Sage, Reiko Aylesworth, Rebecca Budig, Ben Bailey, Kristen Johnston, Bradley White, Mike DiGiacinto
Caytha Jentis
Widescreen 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
UR -
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Bad Parents is a dark satire about youth soccer that is not appropriate for kids. The story is told through the parents' perspectives, and uses frequent profanity (including "f--k"), sexually suggestive content (jokes about oral sex, cheating, cybersex references, and more), and mature themes to portray the overzealous pettiness of helicopter parents desperate to see their kids succeed in team sports at any cost. There is very little soccer actually played and kids are only peripherally present.

Sexual Content

No sex is explicitly shown, but the movie contains frequent jokes, innuendo, and sexually suggestive content. In one scene, a woman says she'd rather her husband come home from his lover than his soccer buddies. A man tries to initiate intercourse but is rebuffed. A woman watches a television talk show about women in the porn industry. A woman makes a joke about performing oral sex on her husband before showing him the $900 handbag she bought. A woman appears to become extremely aroused by listening to a man speak with a British accent speak by phone while eating a banana, then lights a cigarette afterwards. A soccer mom and coach are shown embracing as if having an affair. A woman decides to have cybersex, and her computer screen depicts an instant messaging conversation with explicit descriptions of her clothing and arousal. A woman shows up at the soccer coach's office wearing only a fur coat and opens her coat, shown from behind.


In the opening and closing scenes, a man is shown lying on the grown, dead, with a flag stuck into his chest, but there is no blood shown.


Frequent use of profanity ranging from f-bombs to milder profanity such as "ass" and "s--t." Elsewhere, demeaning or insulting language is recurring, from expressions such as "You don't have the balls," "douchebag," "bitch," and insults regarding appearance and ability. Some off-color language as well, such as when a man uses the expression "he was just raping the Street" to describe someone making money hand over fist on Wall Street. A man who isn't good at sports is called a "male flight attendant."

Social Behavior

Bad Parents is a dark satire with extremely negative messages about the pettiness of helicopter parents, who gossip, insult each other, have affairs, and back-stab to get their kids into the "A team" in club soccer.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Occasional scenes of adults drinking beer or wine responsibly at gatherings; however, one adult character is shown multiple times giving slurred rants after drinking.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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