A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie explores the risks of judging and/or making incorrect assumptions about other people. That said, it also centers on a one-night stand.
Positive Role Models
Despite the main character's terrible day (largely the result of mistaken assumptions about her character), she stays true to herself and is ultimately able to show other people that their judgmental opinions are incorrect and based on stereotypes. But the film also perpetuates other stereotypes in the process (i.e. black and Hispanic drug dealers, a massage parlor staffed by Asian women, and a group of orthodox Jews who refuse to help a woman in distress).
Violence & Scariness
One scene features full-on combat as rival drug gangs battle each other with automatic weapons. A couple also plays a game involving a large knife that leaves one participant scared but unhurt. A taxi driver threatens a passenger with a gun when she stiffs him on the fare.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A woman is briefly seen in her underwear and spends the night with a man she has just met. She's repeatedly assumed to be a prostitute because of her clothing and appearance. Several scenes include suggestive language ("d--k sucking," "c--k blocking") and references to sexual practices.
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Strong, frequent profanity throughout, including "s--t," "f--k," "bitch," "ho," "c--k," "balls," and more. In one scene, two characters repeatedly say "suck d--k," and in another, two women talk about "c--k blocking" when they try to meet men in a nightclub.
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Products & Purchases
One character discusses her desire for a Quiznos sandwich. A woman loses her iPhone, leaving her unable to summon help. Some well-known people are mentioned by name, including Oprah and Marc Jacobs.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A group of adult women gets very drunk at a nightclub, downing multiple shots and other beverages. One goes home with a guy, and they share more drinks at his place. The next day she gets involved with a group of drug dealers who give her a vial of crack. She doesn't use it but is still assumed to be a crack user by other people. One character smokes e-cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Walk of Shame is a raunchy, hard-R comedy about a woman (Elizabeth Banks) who has a very, very bad day after a drunken one-night stand. Stranded in central Los Angeles with no money, no phone, and no car, she endures a variety of misadventures as people mistake her for both a prostitute and drug dealer and refuse to offer help. Expect quite a lot of swearing ("f--k," "s--t," and more, plus plenty of sexual references), a night of very heavy drinking, some revealing outfits, a glimpse of a woman in her underwear, a few sequences with guns, drug references, and -- despite the fact that the movie is about the dangers of making assumptions about others -- some unfortunate stereotyping. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
While almost everything in Walk of Shame is tiresome, Banks is its one bright spot. Meghan also has a decent rapport with her friends and Gordon, who's as sweet and kind as can be. (He escapes the film's rampant stereotyping.) And at the very least, she isn't left to be a damsel in distress. But while she ultimately finds joy in being herself, the journey to that point is a big shame.
Meghan's misadventures follow a classic film formula, throwing her into situations that keep getting worse, upping the ante and daring her to react in ever more desperate (and, theoretically, funny) ways. But many of Meghan's escapades trade on overused, objectionable stereotypes, including black and Hispanic drug dealers, Asian women who work at a Korean massage parlor, cops who are just calling their jobs in, and orthodox Jews who view Meghan as a temptress.
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