If you can’t stand cursing, gratuitous nude scenes, drunken stupors, sex talk and unabashedly funny stupidity, Bad Moms is not for you.
But if you’re an overworked, under-appreciated, need-to-have-an-adult-night-out, not-so-perfect parent willing to let your hair down for a couple of hours, then grab your girlfriends and significant others to see a no-holds barred comedic view of motherhood.
Yes, this R-rated raunch-com does deserve a parental warning: it’s directed by the guys who wrote The Hangover (Jon Lucas and Scott Moore) so don’t expect anything less than full frontal nudity, sex, drugs, alcohol and too many F-bombs to count.
The comedy stars Mila Kunis who fabulously plays Amy, a stressed-out working mom who is trying to keep up with the hectic lifestyle of raising two kids with a husband who is practically her third child. Adding to her misery, Amy gets judgy stares every time she encounters the PTA posse led by Mean Girl Mom Gwendolyn (a wicked-in-a-good-way Christina Applegate).
A PTA meeting on the dreaded school bake sale pushes Amy over the edge so she ditches her seemingly tranquil suburban mom facade and meets up with two other lonesome moms (the dynamic duo of Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn) for a Bad Moms binge-fest. Amy proclaims: “I’m so tired of trying to be this perfect mom. I’m done.”
Inevitably, the film pits the Mean Girl Moms against the Binge-fest Bad Moms in a epic battle for truth, justice and the affection of the abs-olutely perfect Hot Dad Jessie Harkness (Jay Hernandez).
The strong performances of Kunis, Applegate, Bell and Hahn overshadow Gwendolyn’s cohorts in cattiness played by Annie Mumolo and Jada Pinkett-Smith. However, there are plenty of great supporting players in the film including Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt as the school’s soccer coach and comedic goddess Wanda Sykes as a family therapist.
Even so, there’s no doubt that this is Kunis’ baby, and she does a fine job of leading the mostly female cast in this hilarious comedy that even the most Type A among us can snicker at.
Kunis says in the press notes: “Reading the script, you’d think a woman wrote it, but talking to Jon and Scott, you realize it’s an homage to their wives.”
While her sentiment is mostly valid, there’s no question that some scenes came from the mind of men: Did we need to go there with the web cam?
For the most part, Bad Moms is a sweet satire to the moms in Lucas and Moore’s lives and the final can’t-miss credits illustrate that sentiment.
“As dads, we’re mom-adjacent. It’s similar, but there’s a lot of pressure in the culture of moms that dads don’t have to deal with,” Lucas explains in a news release. “We wanted to jump into those waters.”
If you’re willing to dive deep into the dark side of parenthood, this is the film for you.
☆☆☆ 1/2 (out of five)
Directors: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Cast: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Annie Mumlo, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Christina Applegate
Rated: R (for sexual material, full frontal nudity, language throughout, and drug and alcohol content)
Running time: 101 min.