Oh man have I been looking forward to this movie. From the first trailer, I was hooked by the premise, and add in Kristen Bell (who is totally my spirit animal) and I could not freakin wait. My mother’s group and I organised a rare night out to hang out with the Bad Moms.
What I Loved
This movie has the feel of a grown up Mean Girls – it has very similar plotting and pace as well as a number of scenes in common – the final PTA meeting where everyone Spartacus’s their Bad Mom moment isn’t a million miles away from the gym scene (she doesn’t even go here!) but it works. Everyone in this movie fits a stereotype – the perfect mum, the judger, the stressing working mum and the over frazzled stay at home – but the actors own the parts so well that it only rarely veers into the realm of caricature.
I absolutely cannot finish this review without talking about the magic that is Carla. Kathryn Hahn’s oversexed single mother is possibly the funniest thing I’ve seen in years. She takes what could have been an irritating one note joke, and turns it into something hysterically sweet and funny. Her pep talk to Amy in the film’s finale is one of the best movie speeches of all time. Please put her in all the movies from now on, kay?
What I Didn’t Love
I really loathe the way that the men in this movie are portrayed. Bad Moms definitely gives into the stereotype of the useless dad. With the exception of the ‘hot widower’ (who let’s be honest is just there to look pretty), the men in this movie are terrible husbands and fathers. It made me want to go home and hug my husband for being so awesome.
This movie definitely has a target audience – there’s not a lot here for non-parents. There’s some universal humour (you’ll never look at a hoodie the same way again) but the biggest gags are reserved for those who’ve experienced the great dichotomy of parenthood. We make fun of our kids and bitch about not having slept since 2002, but by god you love those little people so much you could cry. Hopefully targeting the movie like this turns out to be a wise choice, but I predict a huge uptake on home release rather than a box office hit with this one.
Well parents, obviously. Also anyone who’s still trying to make fetch happen or loved The Sweetest Thing.
Bad Moms is out now! Go watch it!