By Jack Dignan
While Bad Moms (damn you America and your strange spelling of the word mum) may, as the title states, be about bad mothers, the film itself is tributing quite the opposite. Well, maybe not the opposite, per say, but it is a tribute to mums everywhere. It's a party-till-you-die comedy that works as a moving and entertaining tribute to mums of all shapes, sizes, ages and nationalities. It's a tribute to everything that mums do, and it works. It may not look like the type of film you'd want to see with a parent, but if you have a mum, take them to see this film. Shockingly, you won't regret that.
From the writers of The Hangover and writer-directors of 21 & Over (erg) comes Bad Moms, a film that follows the story of Amy (Mila Kunis), a mother of two with a husband who she's no longer in love with. Sick of following the rules, Amy decides to become a bad mum- I mean mom, standing up against the "perfect" mum, Gwendolyn (Christina Applegate). Taking Amy's side are two other mums, Carla (Kathryn Hahn) and Kiki (Kristen Bell), who are on the brink of insanity. Together, they go out of their way to break all the rules, being relaxed, careless mums who have ditched all needed responsibility.
While the plot is incredibly thin, Bad Moms is a tonne of fun. These three leads have proven time and time again to be very talented actresses, and when placed together, they're comedy dynamite. Kristen Bell absolutely stole the show in this movie, her lonely, stress driven character given all the best lines. Mila Kunis, as well, is pretty damn fantastic, her character both hilarious and loveable, and her story arc is surprisingly interesting and heartfelt. Kathryn Hahn, however, I seem to be hot and cold with. In some films, she's great, whereas in others I haven't liked her quite as much. She's certainly the weakest link of the three leads, but even she has her moments to shine.
There are plenty of jokes that fall flat, and the three antagonists, played by Christina Applegate, Jada Pinkett Smith and Annie Mumolo, are clichéd and irritable, but when the film is funny, it's goddamn hilarious. It's not on the same level as The Hangover, but I would put it on the same level as Sisters, which was released earlier this year and, in my opinion, has a few similarities to Bad Moms. Bad Moms is not a display of fantastic filmmaking, nor fantastic writing, but if you're after a fun, inspiring time at the movies, Bad Moms is for you.
To sum up, Bad Moms is a predictable, plot-less film with a lot of jokes that fall flat and some really irritating characters, but it's also a fun, simple and rather hilarious tribute to mums everywhere, and when it comes down to it, this was just a really entertaining film. It's not perfect, but I was never bored.