The Hot Flashes
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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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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"[A] strained and soapy empowerment comedy ..."
‑ Justin Chang, Variety
"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."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Abundant good intentions help to soften the predictably mild impact of this broad female-empowerment comedy."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"Older women may still have game, but comedy drops the ball."
‑ Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
"A Lifetime movie, minus the commercials, but with every predictable twist and turn and treacly message intact. She shoots. It bores."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"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."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"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."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"A sparkling, heartfelt albeit slightly uneven dramedy refreshingly grounded in realism."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"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."
‑ Jen Chaney, The Dissolve
"Lifetime movies have their pleasures, and so does this film."
‑ Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
"This comedy deserves credit for taking a decided viewpoint - and delivering a heartfelt if occasionally misguided message."
‑ Scott Bowles, USA Today
"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."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Funny, sometimes funky feminist fable by ur-feminist director Susan Seidelman is easy to like, if hard to believe."
‑ Marsha McCreadie, Film Journal International
"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."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
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