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.
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.