BAD MOMS REVIEWED

“Bad Moms” is all about what happens when three broad modern mothers start acting like the broads the world needs. Mila Kunis goes through the same claptrap as most femme power leads have to deal with in under two hours. Ditch the do-nothing husband, form a squad and get a new man. Her kids are brats, her dog is a little slow and her job is unfulfilling. The usual conversation catch-alls get their time to be slammed. After all, who else provides for suburban villains than Millennials or Helicopter parents.

The real star of the film is Kathryn Hahn. Giving Hahn the time to build past the suburban whore image and find a character that just wants to be free, it’s amazing. But, it also sets up something weird for Kristen Bell. Kunis plays everything normal and straight. Hahn gets to create an individualistic character. But, I spent most of the film wondering if Bell was getting savagely beaten by her husband, when she wasn’t hanging out with the titular Bad Moms. The plot point gets dropped later in the film, but the more I think about it…the more it sticks in my brain.

This has been a weird summer for decent movies having weird tangents that never get directly addressed. Given the collapse of that part in the third act, I’m not sure if that aspect of Bell’s character was intentional. That being said, it’s a film packed with laughs and well worth your time. Yes, kids. There is a female powered movie this summer that actually has laughs and can hold a narrative to completion. Plus, it doesn’t play like a retread of Bill Murray’s second best film of 1984. I joke, because I care.

LADIES ONLY: 8 MOVIES MADE FOR MOMS’ NIGHT OUT

FILM STATS

  • 1 hr 41 mins
  • STX Entertainment
  • R

RELEASE DATE: 7/29/16

  • 87%
    Film Score - 87%
87%

The Plot Thus Far

When three overworked and under-appreciated moms are pushed beyond their limits, they ditch their conventional responsibilities for a jolt of long overdue freedom, fun, and comedic self-indulgence.

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