Wednesday, August 3, 2016

MOVIE REVIEW: "Bad Moms"

MOVIE REVIEW
Bad Moms
STX Entertainment
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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.
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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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