Amy (Mila Kunis) is an overworked employee, mother and wife. After reaching breaking point she decides she’s had enough of trying to be the perfect mother and instead joins forces with two other fed-up Mum’s: Carla (Kathryn Hahn) and Kiki (Kristen Bell), and together they start a quest to liberate themselves and others of the conventional Mum responsibilities. However, this new liberal way of rearing their children puts them in the path of Gwendolyn (Christina Applegate) who is head of the PTA at the children’s school. Gwendolyn, along with her devout followers Stacy (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Vicky (Annie Mumolo) become determined to stop Amy before she takes down their reign as Queen Bees at the school.
I’m not going to lie, I was slightly nervous of seeing Bad Moms. Only because the trailer made it look alright but we were worried it would turn out to be pretty awful. Surprisingly though Bad Moms is actually a really good film! It’s filled with loads of laugh out loud moments and a really good message overall that everyone has different styles of parenting and as long as the children are happy and healthy then it doesn’t matter how you bring them up.
I really like Mila Kunis as an actress and here she is brilliant as Amy. She brings us a character who you can totally connect with and feel for as she gets more and more overworked. Mila is great at giving us comedy moments as well as more emotional scenes and she leads the film perfectly. Kathryn Hahn has had supporting roles in many of my favourite films (How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days and We’re The Millers, to name just two) so it’s great to see her in more of a prominent role here – hopefully leading to the next step of leading a film herself! Her character Carla brings the more dirty humour as most of her jokes revolve around sex in some way or another. This contrasts perfectly with Kristen Bell’s character Kiki, the stay-at-home Mum, who slowly starts to come out of her sheltered life thanks to her new friendship group. The three actresses all work perfectly together and quickly become a group that you would love to be a part of yourself!
On the other side to the ‘Bad Moms’ are the perfectly dressed Gwendolyn, Stacy and Vicky. Gwendolyn is by far the enemy of the film, as head of the PTA she has taken things to a whole new level and obsessively manages a tightly-run ship. Therefore when Amy, Carla and Kiki start to rock the boat, she does everything in her power to bring them back under control. Christina Applegate is perfect as Gwendolyn, and there’s a real Regina George/Mean Girls vibe about her. Jada Pinkett Smith doesn’t really have much of a role, her character follows Gwendolyn religiously and she plays this great but it would have been nice to see a bit more of her.
Overall, I actually really enjoyed this film. It’s light, silly and a very easy watch, perfect for a girls night. Also, during the credits there’s a lovely montage of the six leading women and their Mums talking about their own childhoods and the relationships they have with each other. That was very sweet and moving to see and rounded off the film perfectly.