Soccer Mom

Movie review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
Soccer Mom Movie Poster Image
Emily Osment stars in mom-daughter bonding tale.
  • PG
  • 2008
  • 92 minutes

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

 Overall struggle for harmony wins out over characters' weaknesses.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Emily and her friends are the underdogs, so their diversity stands out against the snotty Malibu girls. Wendy has a habit of fibbing, but she learns her lesson from it.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Some reference to being gay, and a couple of moments when the mom's disguise forces her hand as a male, including giving a kiss. Lorenzo is a pretty slimy guy who makes references that may go over the heads of some younger viewers.


The word "hussy" is used by a father. Becca is disrespectful to her mother, saying: "You suck, Mom." She apologizes later. Italian speakers might get an earful from Lorenzo, who curses in his mother tongue.


Malibu girls' material wealth is portrayed as contemptible.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the theme of disguise creates slapstick moments of sexual tension. There is also tension at home, as the family is still mourning the loss of the father figure. Teen daughter Becca (Emily Osment of Hannah Montana) can say some pretty mean things to her mom, Wendy, but the two make amends in the end. Wendy also has a habit of fibbing, which gets her into pretty big trouble.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byParamayerswift September 17, 2012

Lying, stereotypical 'gay' hairdressers, girl-on-girl kissing and "Vodka Vodka Vodka!" makes for a VERY racy kids' film.

Saw this film last weekend with my 11-year-old sister and I must say, I am GENEROUS giving 'Soccer Mom' a 15 Plus rating. Why this was on the f... Continue reading
Parent of an infant, 8, and 10-year-old Written byBensyMom September 18, 2010
Too much bad language, so NOT FOR KIDS!!! Dont let them watch it.
Teen, 13 years old Written byJustino4 August 25, 2011

Gay Away

The gay jokes are too much for this movie. The gay jokes alone push the movie over its edge.
Kid, 10 years old July 10, 2010

Funny Film

Emily Osment plays the main character while her mom plays her coach

What's the story?

Becca's (Emily Osment) soccer team is in really bad shape. Their coach would rather text message than give pep talks after the game. When he announces that he is leaving in the middle of the season, the team is thrilled to hear that his replacement will be the Italian soccer phenomenon, Lorenzo Vincenzo (a funny Dan Cortese). Upon picking up the soccer star to bring him to the team's introduction party, Wendy (Missi Pyle) gets a shock. She has to think quickly to save the team's morale -- and their season -- by using a little sleight of hand, and sleight of tongue.

Is it any good?

Tweens who know Emily Osment from Hannah Montana will love her performance in this movie. Playing Becca Handler, she is able to portray a young teen whose loss of her father is confusing, as well as painful. Her mom, Wendy, has her hands full as a single mom of three -- barely keeping the dog out of the refrigerator. But she takes a big risk to masquerade as the role model that she feels will inspire her daughter.

As far as mother-daughter bonding movies go, this one is pretty light fare. But that may be why moms and daughters will enjoy watching it together. It covers the emotional complexity that follows a loss, while providing genuine comic relief. Missi Pyle's ability to inhabit a character doesn't go unnoticed, though some of the plot twists are a little predictable. It's nice to see girls' sports taken seriously enough to be the center point of a movie.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how little lies can snowball out of control.

  • Why does Wendy lie in the first place? Did she have a choice?

  • How is she different from the real Lorenzo?

  • Would she have been as effective as a coach if she took on the job as herself?

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