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The Hot Flashes (2013)

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A group of middle aged women play basketball and prove a point.

Director:

Susan Seidelman

Writer:

Brad Hennig
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brooke Shields ... Beth Humphrey
Daryl Hannah ... Ginger Peabody
Wanda Sykes ... Florine Clarkston
Andrea Frankle ... Kayla Rash
Eric Roberts ... Laurence Humphrey
Jessica Rothe ... Millie Rash (as Jessica Rothenberg)
Charlotte Graham ... Jocelyn Humphrey
Carl Palmer ... Coach Slaughter
Michal Anna Marble Michal Anna Marble ... Team Manager
Morrey McElroy Morrey McElroy ... Nurse Morrey
Maria Mason Maria Mason ... Workshop Instructor
Camryn Manheim ... Roxie Rosales
Virginia Madsen ... Clementine Winks
Gillian Bolt ... Shannon
Larry Tausch Larry Tausch ... Square Dance Caller
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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. Written by Hennig, Brad

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Everyone thought their glory days were over. Everyone thought wrong. See more »

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Comedy | Sport

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Rated R for some sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 August 2013 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

50 anni in rosa See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The movie begins with a close up of Brooke Shield's face, as an homage to Pretty Baby, Brooke's first film. See more »

Goofs

The truck parks in the second spot in the church's parking lot. When they get out of the truck they are in the last spot. See more »

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During the credits there are several outtakes and bloopers from the film. See more »

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Referenced in Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.17 (2012) See more »

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Written by Simon Kelly
Performed by Simon Kelly and The Lonely Wives
Courtesy of RipTide Music, Inc.
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Finally, a feel-good comedy that celebrates women!
8 August 2013 | by K_RipleySee all my reviews

Susan Seidelman's gem of a comedy tells a story that run-of-the-mill Hollywood flicks are loath to tell: The story of underdogs such as women of colour, queer women, women of a certain class, and most notably women of a certain age. This movie challenges the viewer by making its subject a demographic of people who are grossly underrepresented in film and media, and yet it's hardly a shocking or radical film. Seidel brings us to the American heartland where we find ourselves welcomed by surprisingly believable characters (for the most part) in outrageously comic situations.

The film had plenty of laugh-out-loud moments: in particular, the cheerleaders, the second game, and Wanda Sykes' hair moments. Actually, everything Wanda Sykes says and does in this movie is a riot. However, it could have been funnier. The jokes are there, but sometimes their delivery isn't quite ostentatious enough to really knock them out of the park. Also, though most of the characters were quite believable (especially Camryn Manheim's character, Roxie), other important characters such as the antagonist mom whose name I forget were a bit two-dimensional, and some of the dialogues felt a bit lazy. Honestly, if this movie had been about a group of middle aged guys returning to basketball to raise money for prostate cancer, all other things the same, I probably would have given the movie a 6 or 7. But seeing a feel-good comedy that actually celebrates women (in a suffocating media environment where relegating female roles to either sex goddess, love interest/love obsessed, or obsessive villain is the norm) is such a welcomed and needed breath of fresh air that its occasional cinematic mediocrity can be overlooked. Now, if only Hollywood could make a movie with the spirit/guts of this flick combined with the technical prowess of a movie like the Avengers...


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