What happens when “Bad Parents” make a movie
I agreed to review the movie only if I could give an honest review. So, before we go any further let me say that this movie has rated R content. It is NOT for kids. The F word is used many times, and there are some sexually explicit conversations.
BAD PARENTS: the why behind the what
Writer/Director Caytha Jentis is a sports mom who wanted to get parents to think about their behavior and how it contributes to the dark side of youth sports. The movie was based on her award winning play called “It’s All About the Kids.”
I wasn’t necessarily coming up with solutions, but do know that many parents who have seen it have thought about it a lot after and reflected on their behavior. I know it’s not “family friendly” but believe the more provocative scenes were necessary in getting my message across. It’s meant to make people feel a little uncomfortable as it’s a lot about power, so the R stuff is metaphorical as well. I wanted this to be a film for parents, not for kids because it’s about the side of sports that many kids are not aware of. For most kids, the game ends when the whistle blows.
But as you and I both know, for sports parents, the drama continues at home, in the car, at work–wherever we choose to carry it.
Caytha admits that the movie made her reflect on her own behavior, as well as that of her friends.
I am a life-long athlete, love sports, and my daughter is now a D-1 athlete. Of all my movies, this one is the most personal and vulnerable. As a sports parent, I know that even though our intentions may be good, we sometimes become “that” parent. So many films look at suburban parent behavior on a one dimensional level and I wanted to make a movie that dug a little deeper into the “why” versus just making fun of the “what.”
BAD PARENTS: we all need a good laugh at ourselves
Bad Parents had some hilarious moments. Of course, it’s an exaggeration of all that is depraved in youth sports, but you will find yourself laughing at this satire that underscores a sports parent’s desperation. We all want our kids to succeed, to make the team, to look good. But just how far do we go to make that happen? These parents went way over the top. And then some.
If you find yourself laughing, it’s probably because you’ve dabbled in this ridiculous behavior–or at least have had the urge to–or for sure have seen other sports parents behaving badly.
So, grab some fellow sports parents, make the popcorn and take a hour and 32 minutes to laugh, and then ask yourself, I’m not that bad, am I?
Yes, this is a paid review. But I stand by my promise to only review products that will help sports parents and their young athletes have a better youth sports experience.
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