Thanks to Roadshow Films we had the chance to see ‘Bad Moms’ before its Australian cinematic release. This is our review of the film, but – as usual – no matter what we say, we recommend that you still go to your local cinema and see the film because there is no better critic than yourself!
The society we now live in seems to expect nothing less than perfection from mothers, and ‘Bad Moms’ really hits the mark, satirically, by mocking these crazy standards.
Amy (Mila Kunis) is a working mother of two. She is constantly on the move and does everything for her children, despite receiving little in the way of appreciation from her husband, and even her boss. After being constantly harassed by perfect mother and PTA president, Gwendolyn (Christina Applegate) and her gang, Amy loses it and quits participating in the school activities. A war ensues between Amy and Gwendolyn, who rules the school.
Single mum Carla (Kathryn Hahn) and exhausted mother of four, Kiki (Kristen Bell) become friends with Amy. While discussing all the ridiculous rules imposed by school and wider society, the three friends decide to become ‘bad moms’.
The plot doesn’t really develop much further from this point, but the comedy is taken to a whole new level (with Kathryn Hahn delivering the funniest and most over-the-top gags). The three lead mums are certainly hilarious in their own way, and the performances are impeccable, but the film is let down by its absurd, yet formulaic, plot.
‘Bad Moms’ is packed with sweet and relatable moments that every parent is likely to be touched by. The comedy is bold and outrageous and sure to have audiences laughing out loud for the duration of the film (watch for the PowerPoint presentation!). Furthermore, at the end of the film there is an enjoyable gag reel of the cast and mothers.
Directed and written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (The Hangover, 27 Dresses, Wedding Crashers) ‘Bad Moms’ is set to be one of the funniest chick flicks of the year.
‘Bad Moms’ opens in cinemas this Thursday.