Bad Moms (2016)

Amy Mitchel (Mila Kunis) is overworked, underpaid, and totally unsupported by her slob husband as she drives herself crazy trying to be the perfect mother. After the worst day of her life, she’s had enough – it’s time to stop trying to ace the mom test and just give in: time to be a bad mom! Alas, that puts her on a collision course with princess perfect mom and PTA president, Gwyn (Christina Applegate turning the bitch up to 11!). This isn’t going to be pretty…!

Bad Moms is an odd choice for me, maybe, but I figured one way to feel really great about my own life was to laugh at a comedy about all the things (ie kids) I can be super-glad not to have to put up with! In fact, the movie ended up being a lot more ‘sweet’ than outrageously funny – and I’m not 100% sure, but I think I kind of liked that.

I definitely liked the movie overall. It’s not a brilliant film by any stretch, and yet watching Amy and her friends (a shallow Witches of Eastwick-esque blonde, brunette, and redhead) implode from stress, rediscover the joys of acting like big kids (“Are we ALLOWED to do that?” asks the grown up), and then finding the True Meaning of Life kind of journey hit a chord. Sometimes you do need to wonder why you’re killing yourself trying to live this ‘perfect’ life – if, in fact, you need or even want those things at all. And while the main message was about motherhood (dads and guys in general get a pretty bad rap here, alas) I think it holds true to life: none of us have this figured out, we’re all pretty clueless, but if you relax a bit it might actually be easier – and a whole lot more fun!

Released: 24th August 2016
Viewed: 11th September 2016
Running time: 100 minutes
Rated: 15 – goes kind of overboard on the swearing, imo, just because they can?

My rating: 6/10 – generous of me, but how often do you get to walk out of the cinema feeling good about your life? Worth the extra point!

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