Runtime: 100 minutes
Main Cast: Mila Kunis
Main Production Company: Huayi Brothers Pictures
Written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore
Written by Nelson Cumming
When I saw the poster I prayed. Prayed that it would be smart, prayed that it wouldn’t be vile like Dirty Grandpa, prayed there would be a valid reason for the extreme amounts of hedonism that was about to occur and finally, and most importantly, I prayed that it would be funny. Thank God it was. Bad Moms is slow to get going but after the convenience store scene, I was laughing like an idiot the rest of the way.
Any Mitchell (Milia Kunis) plays an overworked mother who has a lazy husband and two children. After a protest from PTA leader Gwendolyn (Christina Applegate), she liberates herself from her overworking, stressful personality and aims to succeed her as head of the PTA and mother Kiki (Kristen Bell) and Carla (Kathryn Hahn) want to help her do it. Gwendolyn doesn’t sit there and take it as she throws many spanners in the works.
What I like about Bad Moms and most comedies is that everyone is not only fair game but gets a chance to shine. Even the minor characters such a marriage counselor, who only gets one scene, gets a great line. I can’t repeat it as it spoils a plot point but Wanda Sykes did a great delivery as does everyone else.
If there is one actress I have to praise, it is Kathryn Hahn. She commits to her role 100%. She mostly knows when to push it and when to back off. She does some physical comedy where I would think there’s a stuntwoman involved. At one point she gets faceplanted. If she did that herself, that would be admirable. She even gives a monologue that is motivating and inspiring that surprised me. It shows she has variety and a thorough knowledge of how her role in comedy works. She is up there with Kate McKinnon.
The most important thing that this movie does right is that it gives a reason what being a “Bad Mom” is ok. Bad Moms finds the line of mild recklessness and never crosses the line of negligence and horror. They party because they are tired of their high societal expectations and their constant fear of not being a good mother if they don’t take care of everyone else’s responsibilities and problems. This was critical for me because I would not have bought most of the gags if they didn’t portray that. Too many R-rated comedies take the easy way out by giving us the rhyme without the reason. This doesn’t.
Overall Bad Moms is a funny movie. They hit their gags most of the time and it achieves what it wants. It is not a groundbreaking comedy, but it’s a good R-rated comedy that mums might enjoy (just don’t take the kids) which is pretty rare. Also, watch the end credits. The end credits were unique and interesting. ***1/2