The Hot Flashes

2013 R 1h 40m DVD

The Hot Flashes

2013 R 1h 40m DVD
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A group of middle-aged women -- all former basketball champs -- come together to challenge the current all-star high school team in a fun-filled, fast-paced tournament to raise money for breast cancer prevention.
Brooke Shields, Daryl Hannah, Virginia Madsen, Camryn Manheim, Wanda Sykes, Eric Roberts, Mark Povinelli
Susan Seidelman
Widescreen 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Hot Flashes is a comedy about a group of women nearing 50 that challenges their local high school's girls' basketball team for a series of benefit games. But the movie is more of a mature "menopause" comedy (hence the title) than a standard sports movie. The jokes can get raunchy; while there's only one sex scene (no nudity, but some thrusting/moaning), there are lots of references to sex and sexual identity (one of the women is in the closet). Language is frequent ("s--t," "f--k," "bitch") but not in every scene, and the ladies (and their husbands) indulge in alcohol, cigarettes, and even marijuana (one of the characters is known for baking with pot). On the bright side, it's always good for women of a certain age to prove they've got game.

Sexual Content

One scene of a man and woman committing adultery (no nudity, but there's thrusting and moaning). A woman admits that she hooked up with another woman's husband (then boyfriend) in high school, and a teenage girl is revealed to be more sexually experienced than she lets people believe. Lots of sex jokes -- like, "why buy the pig when you can have the sausage for free?," "if you'd eaten more of Mr. Rosales and less of Mr. Goodbar he wouldn't have cheated," "I have a non-existent gag reflex," and more.


Some on-court fouls.


Language isn't constant but includes "f--k," "bulls--t," "slut," "bitch," "lardass," and lots of insults about plastic surgery, weight, and age. A teen girl makes gay jokes about a closeted adult basketball player and accuses her of "copping a feel."

Social Behavior

The Hot Flashes crew proves that older women can still get in shape and play a sport they love. They don't shy away from the court just because their bodies don't look like they did back in high school. They're also a diverse group, and they end up supporting each other despite their many differences. Ultimately they show that teamwork and friendship can lead to success on and off the court.


Good Morning America and its anchor, Robin Roberts, are featured in the movie.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Roxie is known for her pot-infused baked goods, and her husband smokes a bong on camera. Clementine smokes cigarettes. Grown-ups drink at dinner or to unwind in a bath. The ladies celebrate at a bar and drink to excess one night.

  • 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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