“Bad Moms” stars Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Jay Hernandez, Clark Duke, Annie Mumolo, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Christina Applegate. Written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore of “The Hangover,” it’s a comedy about stereotypical mothers of all types. The movie of course has some exaggerated scenes to enhance the hilarity, but the basic premise is one that all Moms, even Dads, can relate to. Single working Moms, working Moms in two-parent households, and even stay-at-home Moms are often overworked, under-appreciated, and most of all judged by fellow parents that think they are doing this “parenting thing,” better. Let’s face it, kids don’t come with an operating manual, every child is different, and every parent has their own individual parenting style. There’s no “how to be a good parent” book that can possibly cover every scenario faced by parents. We all make mistakes; it’s trial and error! Every Mom has been a bad one at some point, but we all do the best we can and what matters in the end is that our children are, and know they are, loved and that as their parents, we would do anything to protect them.
As I searched for photos to post with this review, I came across a cute and funny photo of a note a kid must have given his or her Mom, it read, “I dedicate this book to my Mom, who is sometimes very grouchy!” (the photo was from momgrind.com and apparently can’t be reproduced.) It reminded me of a recent card my daughter made for me, in which she wrote, “. . .even though you are sometimes ugly and mean, you are still my best friend.” Our kids know deep down that even when we are at our very worst, they are the best thing(s) in our lives and we love them with all of our hearts. The end of the movie is really cute when the real Moms of the movie’s cast talk about their parenting methods and commend their daughters for being good Moms.
This photo is from my favorite scene of the movie, Amy, (Mila Kunis) is asked to take on a PTA committee and she just flat out says, “No.” Everyone in the room was shocked because no one had the guts to stand up the PTA President, (Christina Applegate). The PTA President is your typical perfect and affluent Mom, who seems to have it all together, seems to have everything, and is the alpha-dog of the group, delegating to everyone. Sometimes, as a Mom, and more so when you are a single Mom, you have to just stop taking on responsibilities. You just get burnt out. Recently, I was a member of a committee and I was asked to take on an additional task, and I too just said, “no.” I remember hearing gasps from other members; they couldn’t believe that I was bold enough to refuse. There comes a point when you just have to consider your own sanity and be your own advocate. This scene was the turning point; Amy began a revolution and that’s when it gets really funny!
This is a movie you don’t want to miss. You will laugh so hard at some points, you may not hear some lines, as I did, and may even want to see it again! It’s so good, that it’s “bad.” A perfect movie for date night or girls’ night out. Please keep in mind, even though it’s about Moms, it’s for Moms, rated R, and not for kids. It’s OK to be a bad Mom sometimes, but taking kids to this movie is not a good idea.
Please let me know what you think. – BMT