You have had a crazy week, so kick off your shoes, let your hair down, pop that bottle of wine and get yourself lost into this amazingly hilarious female-driven comedy. Honestly I have not laughed as hard as I did as I watched Amy’s seemingly perfect life unravel.
Amy Mitchell played by Mila Kunis is a working mom with a demanding career and an even more attention hording family. Her kids think she’s too strict, her husband has spent the past ten months engaged in an online affair; she has no friends, she’s the oldest person at her job by a solid decade and every free minute she has is spent engaging in stupid school functions as demanded by Gwendolyn. Pushed to a breaking point after yet another taxing day, she quits the PTA.
This move sets into motion a steady stream of bigger changes for Amy, as she drinks and tosses off F-bombs with abandon. Her evolution sees her ganging up with other crazy moms the unruly single mom Carla played Kathryn Hahn and Kristen Bell as Kiki, a stay-at-home mom who desperately needs to break out of her shell. The three so-called bad moms quickly bond over Amy’s big PTA bust up, sealing their wacky relationship in a no-holds-barred sequence that sees them drunkenly destroying their local supermarket.
In between wild parties punctuated by heavy drinking, Amy hooks up with a handsome widower “Bad Moms” focuses a lot of time on their attempts to get bad behavior back on track. The changes in Amy’s life, as fun as many of them might be, inevitably impact her kids, and when the delightfully deranged Gwendolyn takes aim at Amy’s daughter Jane (Oona Laurence), Amy goes ballistic and hatches a plan to oust Gwendolyn and take over the PTA.
By the end of the movie one gets to realize that parenting isn’t easy but at least there are some moments that make it worthwhile along the way.
As one reviewer says: “Bad Moms” is an outlier in the world of R-rated studio comedies — a female-driven story that doesn’t shy away from bad behavior while also touting the importance of familial bonds and solid parenting choices — and although it often stumbles in service to delivering yet another foul-mouthed joke, its heart remains firmly in the right place. Few films, especially ones that rely on jokes about children rolling tight joints or parents beating each other up at bake sales, are so clearly occupied with delivering gags while also pushing the message that parenting is hard and being an adult takes work.
Happy watching and you can thank me later.