Parents' Guide to

Walk of Shame

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Raunchy one-night-stand comedy relies on stereotypes.

Movie R 2014 94 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

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age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

Mildly entertaining, but definitely not appropriate for young teens.

This movie was a definite hard 'R'. There was one sort of sex scene in which nothing is really shown, but that's not the problem. There is so much explicit talk about sex, most of it due to the fact that the main character is constantly being mistaken for a prostitute, that unless you have mature older teens, you should not let them watch this. The main character also spends an evening with the sole purpose of getting drunk. The language is bad throughout, and there are much better movies out there to watch with your kids.

Is It Any Good?

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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.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: May 2, 2014
  • On DVD or streaming: June 17, 2014
  • Cast: Elizabeth Banks , James Marsden
  • Director: Steven Brill
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Focus Features
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 94 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: language and some sexual content
  • Last updated: February 17, 2023

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