The not so good: Bad Moms

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Bad Moms

Ever since the trailer came out earlier this year- Bad Moms was a movie that I was really looking forward to. The movie also has some popular stars like Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Jada Pinkett Smith. What could possibly go wrong.

Formula heavy

And we are not talking baby formula here! It tries too hard to be bad – or rather it tries too hard to be good girl gone bad. Kunis is the quintessential full-time working mom on part-time salary. She wakes up early, packs lunch, kids, their project work, goes to work in a trendy office, gets back home – cooks the family a healthy dinner – all the while looking like – Mila Kunis!

School drop off confrontation – check. Husband having cyber sex – check. Dog falling sick – check. Boss acting like a jerk – check. Woman losing control of the car – check. Hot but dumb football coach – check. Flying food and dirty bedraggled woman by end of day – check. Woman having meltdown – check.

If that were not predictable enough – the story line is so obvious that one can almost see the screenplay writer ticking off boxes as s/he must’ve written the scenes. School drop off confrontation – check. Husband having cyber sex – check. Dog falling sick – check. Boss acting like a jerk – check. Woman losing control of the car – check. Hot but dumb football coach – check. Flying food and dirty bedraggled woman by end of day – check. Woman having meltdown – check.

Screen Shot 2016-07-30 at 9.22.11 AMYes, it is that kind of movie. (And yes it comes from ‘the makers of The Hangover’)

Which is not bad per se. But for the first fifteen minutes or so, I was filled with a sense of deja vu – and kept waiting for the damn movie to begin. As a self confessed bad mom myself- I wondered what Ms. Kunis would do to prove her stripes. There’s a bit of drinking, swearing and letting up on the superwoman act. And then getting store bought donuts to the bake sale – yaaaawn!

Some Ha-Ha’s

Bad MomsBut that in fact brings me to what I thought was the best 2 minutes of the movie – the Bake Sale meeting! The die cut Witch mom – Gwendoline – puts up a PowerPoint with ingredients not to be included in Bake Sale food. The list of NOs is ridiculously long but so true. I couldn’t help chortling up at that. But then that was that.

The movie tumbles along, showing the purported Bad Moms getting high, acting silly, mixing milk and vodka in a supermarket aisle – errrr ok! The baddest thing Kunis does in the movie is – she sleeps with a hot single guy in her own bedroom (but this is after she and her husband have split). So that probably doesn’t even qualify.

I will spare you the details – but suffices to say that it was not really a rollicking good, laugh-a-minute type of movie that I expected after watching the trailer. It wasn’t totally boring either – it was just ok. After the movie gets over, there is a brief segment which has the lead actresses and their moms – which is actually fun to watch.

Our Verdict

Watch this movie with a couple of friends – on a rainy weekday afternoon when you have nothing else to do really. If you are busy being a mom – bad or otherwise – wait for it to come on TV.

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