Wednesday, August 3, 2016


Bad Moms
STX Entertainment

They say that you can't judge
a book by its cover. However,
you can occasionally judge a
movie by its title. Bad Santa,
Bad Teacher, Bad Grandpa,
Bad Bosses  bad movies.
Hence, my expectations for
Bad Moms were rather low.

Directed and written by Jon Lucas and Scott MooreBad Moms drops its first gratuitous F-bomb in near-record time — approximately eight seconds following the opening credits. And so it begins.

The bad news for Bad Moms is that the movie is almost great. The all-star cast that includes Mila Kunis, Kristen BellKathryn HahnChristina Applegate and Jada Pinkett-Smith certainly offers considerable "curb appeal." However, buying into the premise that any of their characters are actually mothers is a kinda tough sell. Now, Kunis cast as a super-hot, meth-addicted stripper with daddy issues THAT'S believable! 

Hahn, Kunis and Bell
While Bad Moms does succeed in presenting side-splitting and extremely spot-on glimpses into the stressed-out day-to-day lives of "typical" hard-working mothers, the story is often compromised by ridiculous scenarios and lowbrow toilet humor. Filth ain't funny, necessarily — it's just filth. Hence, hearing the ever-elegant, award-winning Pinkett-Smith reciting dialog regarding "taking it in the butt" isn't compelling — it's actually kinda creepy. Heck, it isn't even shocking — it's just jarring. 

But in the spirit of full disclosure, I will confess that Bad Moms had me laughing (out loud) more than I have in a very long time. The basic storyline is engaging, a few of the characters are rather likable, and there is some genuine payoff along the way. In sum, despite its often misguided world messages, trash-type overload and anti-climatic ending, the news for Bad Moms ain't all bad. 

-Christopher Long
(August 2016)

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