With a line-up of fantastic seasoned actors and a tongue-in-cheek title, you would expect that The Hot Flashes would be a great comedy. Unfortunately, we are greeted by an awkward film that focuses more on the emotional abuse of women and the degradation of society.
When the Tess Mulldoon Mobile Mammogram Unit closes down due to Beth Humphrey’s (Brooke Shields) misadministration, she takes up the challenge to raise funds to revive the mobile unit in honour of her best friend. With much negotiation she enlists Tess’ old high school basketball team to reunite and to join her as she attempts to get the community out to support the cause. Beth and her team of oddball teammates take on the arrogant high school girls’ state champions, while going to some comical extremes to come out on top.
The introduction to this review and the plot of the film may appear to be an oxymoron, but in the pursuit of creating a film about the upliftment and empowering of women, this film has made the fatal flaw of overplaying every man as an abusive chauvinist to increase the impression of overlooked and marginalized women. When the final credits role one should never see the directors name and say “Oh, a woman director, now it all makes sense”, especially when the director has films like “Desperately Seeking Susan” behind her name. This negative impression of Southern USA men and family morals, and the very stereotypical usage of the “Pious Christian” villain and her two-faced slutty daughter could be unnoticed if the film didn’t lack momentum and originality.
There is some redemption of the final game scene, but overall, this film about a bunch of old ladies trying to save “Tess’ travelling titty tester” should have been a lot funnier.