Parents' Guide to

Bad Parents

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Dark satire with profanity, sex, and mature themes.

Movie NR 2013 100 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+
It's definitely not a children's movie. But if you have ever had a child in club soccer, the movie is hilarious. Very dry humor, but I have said a lot or thought much of what happened in this movie.
age 16+

Not a kid's movie, but a good commentary on upper class suburbs

I liked this movie. It is a dark satire about the pressure to appear as perfect in the upper class suburbs, and the pressure on helicopter parents. I'm glad I grew up outside, playing games with my friends, with no adult supervision. I looked up what a Class A coach is and it cost thousands of dollars to become one. Organized sports has lost it's way. It should be a way of creating good sports, not competitive privileged buttheads.

Is It Any Good?

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Bad Parents is a dark satire about a so-called epidemic we're all likely to have seen or heard about: the hyper-competitive sports parents. You know, the ones who relentlessly pressure their kids to succeed, live vicariously through their successes, and have no concept of healthy rivalries. But here, this already cliched depiction gets the even more over-the-top take, rendering this film a totally nuance-free zone of mockery. Every parent is a terrible, selfish jerk, a whiny brat, a horrible loser, only made worse by the coach's relentless arrogance. Because characters are so bluntly rendered, there is almost no room for any good lessons or solutions or thoughtful meditations.

Add in the frequent profanity and sexually suggestive content (jokes about oral sex, cheating, cybersex references, and more), and you have a movie only suitable for parents, yet one that manages to treat their concerns like caricature. That said, parents who've found themselves in the terrible trenches of toxic junior soccer leagues may find a stress reliever here anyway -- thanks to good performances from comedian Christopher Titus as the arrogant coach, and Saturday Night Live alum Cheri Oteri as the deranged, cheating soccer mom, there are a few good (very adult) laughs. Just make sure the kids are asleep.

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