There are so many titles. So many great ones. However, if you’re over in the United States, first of all I’m so sorry. Secondly, Bad Moms 2, or as the Spanish say Christmas of Rebellious Mothers, is titled something very different. Something very… fitting. It’s titled A Bad Moms Christmas. Why is this so fitting, you ask? And why have I spent over 100 words discussing this film’s hilarious overseas title translations? I’ve done this because it all makes sense. If you heard the title without any prior knowledge, you’d expect to see A Bad Moms Christmas rocking up in the straight to DVD aisle, and having seen the film, it probably should have.
Very Bad Mummies 2, as the Russians call it, is more of the same, except, in a near identical plot to the upcoming Daddy’s Home 2, we follow our three protagonists from the first film, Amy (Mila Kunis), Kiki (Kristen Bell) and Carla (Kathryn Hahn), as they’re prepping for the holiday season. Things couldn’t get worse. And once again, they’re fed up with playing by the rules. It’s time to strike back against Christmas, but their plans are foiled when all of their parents arrive for one incredibly awkward Christmas reunion, and our protagonists are forced to face their family head on.
You can’t discredit this cast from trying. Occasionally, it feels as though they’ve only returned due to contractual obligation, or at least a hefty paycheck (that still couldn’t afford the filmmakers lessons on how to change your camera’s ISO levels), but for the most part, the performances pull this thing through. None of the grandparent characters, played by Susan Sarandon, Christine Baranski and Cheryl Hines, were all that enjoyable to watch. And I don’t mean that in an intentional way. They’re meant to be annoying, but it’s meant to be funny annoying. Instead, they’re just irritating.
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