Moms, Take Yourself To Go See ‘Bad Moms’

The humor is smart so no one else will regret sitting through the film’s quick 101 minutes.
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If you imagine the high school girls from Mean Girls grown up with children and waging social war on the battleground of their kids’ school’s Parent-Teacher Association, you are imagining Bad Moms. As funny as the high school satire, this film elbow-jabs the Sisyphean struggle of motherhood in the ribs not unlike the Mean Girls treatment of high school.

Mila Kunis stars as Amy Mitchell, a mother of two and the only responsible adult in her life. Her husband (David Walton) is almost unbelievably juvenile, and her boss (Clark Duke) is a coffee co-op millennial. Overly stressed and late everywhere she goes, Amy breaks down, but meets Kiki (Kristen Bell), a mother of four chafing under her husband’s conservatism, and Carla (Kathryn Hahn), a loudmouth single mother, and they drunkenly convince themselves to take a break from the stresses of being mom.

Their newfound liberation sours quickly, however, when the plastics clique of school moms (Christina Applegate, under-used Jada Pinkett Smith, and Annie Mumolo in descending hierarchal power) make them feel like bad moms. So Amy decides to run against the mom-plastics’ queen, Gwendolyn (Applegate), for head of the PTA with Kiki and Carla as a ragtag mutiny against Gwendolyn’s stuck-up facade of school mom perfection.

For moms everywhere who don’t get to be fictional characters in a comedy film and take a whole week off from the duties of motherhood, drive a muscle car, or trash a grocery store, you owe it to yourself to at least take a couple hours off and see Bad Moms with your mom friends. The humor is smart so no one else will regret sitting through the film’s quick 101 minutes.

Helpful hints:

Don’t blink or you’ll miss stoner hero Principal Burr (Wendell Pierce) deliver the funniest lines of the movie. And try to laugh quickly because the jokes are too rapid-fire to get hung up on one.

Cole Figus has a BFA degree in acting, and has experience in film and theatre both in the performing and technical arts.
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