Amy Mitchell (Mila Kunis) is a suburban American mom who (as she states within the opening minutes) is always late. She is the mother of two children who have an abundance of extra curricular activities and whilst she is continually whisking her children off to said activities, she also works ‘part-time’ for a coffee company.
Bad Moms filled me with a sense of trepidation and angst, as this was one of the unfunny trailers that accompanied Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. My initial thought that Bad Moms was going to feature the crass humour that populates the likes of Bad Grandpa, Grimsby and even to some extent Mike and Dave.
As I said above Amy Mitchell is a very overworked mother of two, who throws caution to the wind and takes on this bad mother lifestyle which includes partying, driving her husband’s muscle car to and from school and just being a general nuisance to the PTA, ran by the evil Gwendolyn. (Christina Applegate)
After Amy disbands from the PTA, she gains her own circle of KiKi (Kristen Bell) and Carla (Kathryn Hahn) who party and paint the town red with her. Much of the first half of this film takes on this tone of these fun-loving mothers, partying and being kind of negilgant to their other halves and children.
One of my concerns going into this film was going to how the humour played out, I initially thought it was going to be crass and a female version of the male-heavy crass humours that are invading the comedy genre. Fortunately, it was nothing like that. And I laughed. A lot.
Now, I’ve left out a bit of crucial information in Amy Mitchell’s life. There is a cataclysmic event that sends her spiralling on this broken path, which happens to be she catches her husband in the act with a diary farmer on the Internet. This act sets off a chain of events that ultimately allows her to become one of the titular Bad Moms.
Majority of the comedy was displayed at the hands of Kathryn Hahn’s Carla and her antics with Amy and KiKi in tow as they embrace the Bad Moms spirit. Now this works on a level because KiKi is unknown to this world, Carla acts as their guide and Amy takes on the role of ring-leader of this group of moms. And the comedy works due to the believable characters played by Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn and Kristen Bell. These three were only helped on by their evil counterparts Gwendolyn, Stacy (Jada Pinkett-Smith) and Vicki, (Annie Mumolo) all displaying that Means Girls-esque ferocity towards the ‘Bad Moms’.
Unfortunately during the second half of this film, the comedy sort of dries up as it becomes repetitive of Carla being that threatening presence, KiKi being the innocent goodie two-shoes and Amy continually throwing caution to the wind. Bad Moms essentially becomes the idea that these mothers are living life backwards by going through their twenties in their thirties, by partying, staying out late and of course the inevitable love interest between Amy and Jesse. (Jay Hernandez)
It works though, because it’s fun and enjoyable over the 100 minute run time. Although it is wise to take some of this tale with a pinch of salt, considering Mila Kunis continually looks incredible regardless of how tired she says she is at the beginning. By no means Bad Moms is not a groundbreaking comedy, but considering the comedies that have been featured in cinemas recently and their crass humour, this is refreshing and really enjoyable.
The end credits sequence is really sweet as well, as the six main actresses are sat with their mothers discussing their childhood and made such a difference to the overused humdrum ‘blooper reel’. This film is a neat little comedic package that works, but only works as much as the characters work. The soundtrack continues to follow that framework of adding popular, toe-tapping music, but again its placement is perfect and works brilliantly.