Director(s): Jon Lucas & Scott Moore
Starring: Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, Kristen Bell, Christina Applegate, Jada Pinkett Smith, Annie Mumolo, Oona Laurence.
When three overworked and under-appreciated moms are pushed beyond their limits, they ditch their conventional responsibilities for a jolt of long overdue freedom, fun, and comedic self-indulgence. (Source: IMDb)
I just want to kick this off by saying the trailers do not do this film justice! I was expecting a riotous, gross-out comedy with a female cast, and well yes it is that, but there was surprisingly more to Bad Moms.
The cast are really great for this movie, and features some of the funniest ladies in film at the moment. The three leads have distinct memorable personalities and all manage to nail being funny and being likeable which isn’t always easy to do. The highlight for me was Kathryn Hahn. I’m a huge fan of her generally and think she’s a very underrated comedic actress. She completely stole every scene she was in, and consistently made me laugh. She was easily the most outrageous, but it never felt like too much. I loved Kristen Bell’s character as well, and she really nailed the naive but crazy elements of her character. Mila Kunis was fine, I liked the others more but as the lead, she was funny also and I felt she held the narrative together well.
What I really liked about this film was that it didn’t just go down the crass, gross-out route. Sure it had that in abundance, but it also had a surprising amount of heart, and was genuinely rather sweet in places, which I wasn’t expecting. I recommend you stay for the first part of the credits; there’s a lovely little surprise!
Sure this film isn’t going to win any awards, but it was fun and I enjoyed it. I laughed a lot, I enjoyed the performances, and the story, albeit very predictable, held my attention enough.
There were a few lulls in the story around the mid-way point, and I feel 10 minutes could’ve been lost somewhere and resulted in a really solid 90 minute comedy.
At times it also felt like it was trying to do too much, and I’ll be honest, I could have totally done without the romantic subplot! It added nothing for me, and it would’ve been refreshing to have had a female led comedy with women just being funny, without feeling the need to shoe in a romantic storyline.
I saw this movie and you should too. It won’t be for everyone because comedy never is, but I really enjoyed this film. It’s an easy watch, it made me laugh, and I absolutely would watch it again. I was surprised by some of the extra things it had in in addition to the comedy, and like the empowering and liberating themes it covered. Don’t get confused and think it’s making a deep point though, it’s not, it’s just good fun, but has some heart as well. Definitely worth a watch!
Agree with everything I’ve said, or am I a totally misguided idiot who has got it all wrong? Let me know in the comments below!