Starring: Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, Kristen Bell, Christina Appelgate, Jada Pinkett Smith, Annie Mumolo, Oona Laurence, Emjay Anthony, David Walton, Jay Hernandez, Clark Duke, Wendell Pierce, Wanda Sykes
Directed By: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Jon Lucas and Scott Moore wrote the Hangover trilogy, so if you’re wondering just how crude Bad Moms is, it really is dirty. Filthy, actually. It’s also pretty fucking hilarious. In fact, it might just be slightly funnier than Sausage Party (but still not as raunchy).
Kunis plays Amy, a mom who is struggling to keep it all together, and finally breaks after a really bad day. She’s tired of trying to make everything perfect, and gives up, which frustrates the current dictator of the PTA (Appelgate) and her crew. Luckily, Amy finds support in Carla (Hahn), a single mom with a giant son, and Kiki (Bell), a mom of four struggling to maintain her sanity. Hijinks ensue.
There are some laugh out loud moments in this. I had a ton of fun watching it, definitely. But if we’re being honest, I still have a few things to pick at. First off, what was Kiki even doing at the school to begin with? All four of her kids are too young to go to school, as witnessed by her “stay at home” moments where all four kids are at home. They’re definitely younger than either Amy’s or Carla’s kids, so she wouldn’t even be at the same school anyway, let alone attending their PTA meetings, or having a vote. They should have given her an older kid, so it made sense for her to be there, but I caught on to the fact that none of her kids were even in school, so why is she going to school in the first place?
Second, Kunis is only 33. I think the casting directors forgot how young she was when they decided to tout her age at her job. She feels “so old” and everyone there is “so young”. Clark Duke is two years younger than she is. TWO. So, before you make a big deal about how “old” Kunis is, most of the audience already thinks she’s too old to have kids in middle school (she’s not, but she looks it), so to add to her bitching about how old she feels against a guy two years younger than her is kinda stupid.
Otherwise, I enjoyed the film. I wish someone had sat down and perfected the script a bit, because this had some serious Bridesmaids potential, but it’s still a solid comedy. Kathryn Hahn is fabulous, and I hope this film pushes her star higher. Christina Appelgate is great as usual too.
If you’re looking for something funny to watch, or a night out with the girls, this is definitely your best bet. And guys? Look, sure this may look like a chick flick, but it’s the raunchiest chick flick since Bridesmaids. So if you liked that, you should enjoy this too.
FINAL GRADE: A-