Friday, July 29, 2016

"Bad Moms" Movie Review

Ladies, if you are looking for a fun girls' night out, head to your local theatre with your besties to check out "Bad Moms." I saw a screening Wednesday night with one of my girls, and we laughed our butts off!

Here's the synopsis:
Amy has a seemingly perfect life - a great marriage, over-achieving kids, beautiful home and a career. However she's over-worked, over-committed and exhausted to the point that she's about to snap. Fed up, she joins forces with two other over-stressed moms on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities – going on a wild, un-mom-like binge of long overdue freedom, fun and self-indulgence – putting them on a collision course with PTA Queen Bee, Gwendolyn, and her clique of devoted perfect moms.
This is not a deep movie. It comes from the same folks who brought us "The Hangover,"  so you should know what to expect. But it is hilarious. And it has a stellar cast: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Jay Hernandez, Clark Duke, Annie Mumolo, Jada Pinkett Smith, Christina Applegate

Kathryn Hahn's character is crass and loud and has a pretty filthy mouth.  And she likely is what many people would call an actual "bad" mom. But she loves her kid. And her character provides a lot of the "OMG I can't believe I laughed at that!" moments in the film. And there are many.

"Bad Moms" is a bit of an extreme take on the Mom Wars, and naturally the characters are fairly stereotyped and don't have a huge development. But at the same time, the movie does have a serious side, and you see how the women all learn from each other as the story progresses. "Bad Moms" reassures us that we are all bad moms and all good moms and no one is perfect, nor should we try to be. It also shows us the power of friendship and how much we can learn when we listen to people very different from us. I'd argue it also shows us we're actually doing pretty well in comparison to some of these characters.

I love that this movie is female driven. The male characters are foils and play very small roles. The hot widower dad doesn't even show up at the PTA meetings, nor does he seem to be invited. I actually found that troubling in a sense, because both moms and dads should be involved, but in the case of this movie, with its specific mom focus (and other relationship things happening in the plot), keeping the PTA all female made sense.

Be sure to stay for the interviews at the end, with the actors and their moms. Sweet, funny, and very real. It was a great touch.

Bottom line, I give this one 4/5. It's rated R. Go with the girls. Then go out for coffee or drinks and debrief. As long as coarse & graphic language don't bother you. There's a lot of that. And a lot of sex talk.

And if you're wondering how you rate, you can take the Bad Moms quiz here - My results (ha!):

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