Movie Review -Bad Moms - Ever Wonder If You're A Good Mother?

CALLING ALL MOTHERS!  Even if you are not a mother. Even if you are only a daughter - this movie is MUST SEE.        

 

The bake sale problem - Bad moms - photo from STX Entertainment

I had seen the trailer for Bad Moms, the new female-oriented comedy starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christine Applegate, Jada Pinkett Smith, Annie Mumolo, and numerous others - and frankly I had not been impressed.  I hadn't really liked Hangover - too much unrealistic nonsense and not my style at all - and this ,from the trailer -- appeared to be a female version of it.  

 

However, when as a loyal Women In Film member, I received an invite from our illustrious president and head of STX Entertainment, Cathy Schulman, I decided to support the troops.  Boy, was I glad I did!

 

Overwhelmed and overworked, Amy Mitchell (Mila Kunis) attempts to be the perfect wife and mother for her lazy (almost kid himself) husband, Mike (David Walton) and two semi-perfect kids. She serves them healthy breakfasts, on  time to school with correct lunches, and the homework that she (Amy) did for her son Emjay Anthony - unappreciated, of course. The dog Roscoe needs her attention, too.  After acknowledging Gwendolyn, the queen bee of the PTA (Christine Applegate) and her minions Vicky (Annie Mumolo) and Stacy (Jada Pinkett Smith), apologizing profusely that she is late for a meeting, she rushes off to work for her underage, unappreciative boss Clark Duke

 

After a stressful day, Amy returns home, feeling like a failure as she presents a beautiful dinner, which her husband and kids practically ignore and take for granted, she goes to talk to her husband, hoping for some assistance - and finds him having an on-line affair! 

 

Joining forces - Bad Moms - photo from STX Entertainment

 

Drowning her sorrows, she meets up with a mousey, controlled wife Kiki (Kristen Bell) and over the top, single mom Carla (Kathryn Hahn.)  Developing a firm friendship (which many working moms don't have time for), all three of them go through character journeys to acknowledge themselves including Amy having an affair with hottie-single dad Jessie Harkness (Jay Hernandez), the trio realize they have to defeat the controlling Gwendolyn, who has already caused grief for Amy's daughter. 

 

I laughed, I cried and I truly immersed myself into the characters especially in many of the true to life scenes like the one where Amy (Mila Kunis) hovers over her daughter (Oona Laurence) as the pair wait anxiously for the soccer team list.  Minutes after rejoicing that the girl had made the team, the teen turns around to her mother and slams her for offering a piece of cake at dinner -"You want me to be fat! I hate you!" 

 

 

Letting loose - Bad Moms - photo from STX Entertainment

As Kristen Bell's character says "In this day and age it's almost impossible to be good moms. Let's be bad moms!"  Overwhelmed and underappreciated these mothers get pushed to their limits and decide to change things.  They want to be accepted for who they are without the pressure to be perfect. 

 

Jada Pinkett Smith comments about the mom-dad divide,  "They're not in the soup like the wives are. They can sit on the edge of the soup bowl and look down at the scene from a different point of view." They think it's funny, but we, moms, are the ones that have to deal with it.

 

Others of note in the story were Wanda Sykes (the therapist), Wendell Pierce (the school principal) and J.J. Watt (the coach.)

 

 

Taking time for themselves - Bad Moms - photo from STX Entertainment

And it turns out that the film was written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore - who wrote Hangover.  Reading the script, you would have thought a woman had written it, but the men composed the story based on what they'd seen their wives going through. 

 

Produced by Suzanne Todd (who also directed it) and Bill Block worked with Mark Karmine as executive producer.   Jim Denault served as Director of Photography,  Marcia Hinds as production designer,  Julia Caston was the costume designer, and James Thomas and Emma E. Hickox edited the film.

 

The movie is one that all women (and many men, I hope) can relate to as Amy and the others come to realize that while we all feel like a failure as mothers at one time or another, others share our misery and feel the same.  There's no book on being a mother.  It's all instinct.  We can only do the best we can and we have to remember that we must care for our own needs, as well as for the needs of our families.   

 

While the movie is on the raunchy side, and is rated R  - it's more than a silly comedy, it's life!  Go see BAD MOMS - and bring a friend.  Hell, bring 10 friends!  You will be glad you did. 

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