I went to the movie theater two days in a row. I have no shame. I decided to go to a late showing of Bad Moms, which looked pretty funny in the trailers I had seen. When I entered the theater, there was a large group of women lingering in the lobby with Bad Moms glasses, sipping fancy alcohol and having a good time. Why didn’t I go to that? I’m still a youngin’ but still. Anyway, I had a good time with the movie and I could tell that the other movie-goers did too. They were laughing as I was and walked out the theater in a good mood. This is a great film if you’re a parent, or if you just love to laugh in general.
Starring: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christina Applegate
Directors: Scott Moore and Jon Lucas
As far as comedies go, I enjoyed the premise. Amy (Mila Kunis) is trying to be the perfect mom. She takes fixes her kids breakfast every morning, takes them to school, does their homework. Amy goes to PTA meetings, extracurricular events, and still makes time to fix dinner for the family at the end of the day. And she works! But after finding out that her husband (David Walton) cheats on her, Amy gets fed up with the whole charade and stands up for herself. She decides not to be perfect anymore. She quits going to PTA meetings, doing everything for her kids, and learns to relax a little. Along the way she befriends two misfit moms, Carla (Kathryn Hahn) – a bold single mother who loves to have fun, and Kiki (Kristen Bell) a stay-at-home mom who’s constantly pushed around by her husband and her kids. Due to her change in attitude, Amy begins to face off against Gwendolyn (Christina Applegate) in the quest to change the way things are run at their children’s school.
Not really anything specially in the aesthetics department, but the laughs make up for that.
Ear Porn: A+
The soundtrack is pretty impressive with really good party jams from artists such as Icona Pop, DNCE, Flo Rida and Demi Lovato (and many others). There’s also some Foreigner too.
I did love seeing beautiful Jada Pinkett-Smith (Stacy) in the cast. Also, there’s Wendell Pierce as the school principal, and Jay Hernandez and the pseudo-love interest of Amy. Also I was surprised to see famous Youtuber Superwoman as one of the school moms! There are a bit of moms of color and different sexual orientations which is good, but there were some crude racial jokes in there. Beware.
Girl Power: A+
As the title implies, the film’s major characters are almost all exclusively women. Much like Bridesmaids, and Trainwreck, Bad Moms portrays women as uncouth, irresponsible, and hilarious. Here we have women who learn to find their voices and have fun. Bad Moms turns the good mom stereotypes upside down, and tells women that it’s OK to not be perfect,and you can make fun of your kids from time to time because they’re difficult, annoying, but you love them anyway. This film proves that females are just as funny as men, if not more. There are some male characters in the plot, but they don’t serve a whole lot of purpose.
Box Office: TBD
The official box results haven’t come out yet, but I think that Bad Moms will fare pretty decently. There were a good amount of people at the showing I went to last night, and a very large crowd of older women for the earlier showing.
Adriana, the Cinema Soloist