Walk of Shame



Raunchy one-night-stand comedy relies on stereotypes.
  • Review Date: May 3, 2014
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 94 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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).


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.


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.


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.


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.

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.

What's the story?

Meghan (Elizabeth Banks) thought yesterday was terrible, what with getting dumped by her fiance and seemingly losing out on a huge job opportunity as a network news anchor. But after drowning her sorrows with countless tequila shots (and more) and going home with Gordon (James Marsden), the hunky bartender who comes to her aid, Meghan discovers that her troubles have only just started. It turns out she may just have a shot at that anchor gig after all, but when she leaves Gordon's apartment, she discovers that her car has been towed and she's lost in the middle of Los Angeles, without a cent to her name and no phone. Meghan has to get to the newsroom to meet the network execs, but how? Getting there means running into all sorts of situations, one worse than the next.

Is it any good?


Meghan's misadventures during WALK OF SHAME 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.

While almost everything in the movie 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why everyone makes assumptions about Meghan based on what she's wearing. What makes them think they know who/what she is? Has anything like that ever happened to you? What happened?


  • What message is the movie sending about sex and relationships? How about drinking? Do the consequences for Meghan's choices seem realistic?

  • The film stereotypes all sorts of people -- why do you think this brand of intented humor is still prevalent in Hollywood movies and TV shows? Does Meghan herself reveal any prejudices?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:May 2, 2014
DVD release date:June 17, 2014
Cast:Elizabeth Banks, James Marsden
Director:Steven Brill
Studio:Focus Features
Run time:94 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:language and some sexual content

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Teen, 15 years old Written byHaithamB May 9, 2014


While not being a genre defining movie, it is definitely misunderstood and over the top hilarious.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Educator and Parent Written byjohnswanson October 22, 2014

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.
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Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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