By Carly Gaba
On July 29, “Bad Moms,” a movie, about moms partying, that you never knew you wanted to see, was brought to the big screen. With a terrific cast, this R-rated film is raunchy, yet facetious, as it touches upon the importance of family-bonds and well-built parenting choices.
Directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, this female-lead chick flick takes “Sex in the City,” “Mean Girls” and “The Hangover” into vulgar and sexist territory with a few flat belly-laughs in between.
The film has a good concept, but could have been executed better.
Amy (Mila Kunis) is your picture perfect, coffee shop-working,soccer mom raising two kids with a no-good, internet cheating husband (David Walton). A bad day is all it takes for Amy to finally hit ground below zero and does the unthinkable by quitting the PTA.
Taking her sorrows to the bar, it is there that she meets Carla (Kathryn Hahn) and Kiki (Kristen Bell). Carla is a chill, easy-going, sexually wild mom, while Kiki, a stay-at home mom who quickly begins to admire Amy. The trio then partakes in an all-night party that inspires Amy to finally loosen up.
Gwendolyn (Christina Applegate) runs the PTA and is disturbed with Amy’s raving actions. Taking her PTA powers to a whole new level, she decides to get Amy’s daughter removed from the soccer team. The mommy-wars have begun, as the two seek revenge on each other’s newest opposition, ending with a booze-soaked house party at Amy’s.
“While it had a slow start to the movie, you got to understand how moms really feel just like what our moms go through,” said KU student, Adrianna Veneri. “These ‘Bad Moms’ really knew how to keep the crowd entertained.”
The real strength of “Bad Moms” is how well Mila, Kathryn and Kristen work together. Supporting a terrific cast, all the women played their role perfectly. Kristen Bell was extremely hilarious; being able to tell a few of her lines were improvised makes the movie more realistic.
In my opinion, it is more of a smile-along than a laugh along. The plot line itself is all too familiar with a similar feud that took place in the 2011 film, “Bridesmaids.”
In terms of cinematography, there are a few awkward tonal shifts, making it very inconsistent especially toward the ending. Do not leave once the credits begin to roll, because it is only then that the whole motherhood theme is introduced perfectly.
The overall message is something not just parents need to understand, which is why this movie is relatable to all young adults. Leaving the theatre with a pretty sincere
message, the directors want their audience to realize it is okay to make mistakes, especially as a parent.
The film premiered on July 19 in New York City and has grossed over $106 million since it was released. The film received mixed reviews from both critics and viewers, reaching a total rating of 63 percent from Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of 5.7/10.
“Bad Moms” is the perfect homework escape. Skip the library one night and bring your friends to the movies instead.