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A Bad Moms Christmas              review by Bobby Blakey

In 2016 the ladies took front and center for the R rated comedy Bad Moms. The film was a big success which for Hollywood means sequel. Now the moms are back to celebrate the holidays with A Bad Moms Christmas featuring all the original cast and some awesome new additions including Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Jay Hernandez, Peter Gallagher, Justin Hartley, Cheryl Hines, with Christine Baranski and Susan Sarandon, but does it offer up the fun and laughs that fans loved about the original or will it be a holiday not worth celebrating?

​A Bad Moms Christmas follows our three under-appreciated and over-burdened women as they rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas. And if creating a more perfect holiday for their families wasn’t hard enough, they have to do all of that while hosting and entertaining their own mothers. By the end of the journey, our moms will redefine how to make the holidays special for all and discover a closer relationship with their mothers. I enjoyed the original film enough to be eager to see this cast get back together and the addition of these new actresses as their mothers looked to offer up some fun laughs. Make no mistake there are a lot of really funny laugh out loud moments that make the film worth checking out, but there are also a lot that fall flat. The first half of the movie felt really forced and the laughs were few and far between. Thankfully the second half finds its footing a bit to offer up more of the over the top fun you want.

The cast are all great together and some of the best moments of the film are just of the ladies talking about nonsense. I love the throw away lines and banter more than anything else, but it’s when they try to be funny is when it misses the mark. Kunis, Bell and Hahn are magic together when they are on and as a whole the film does deliver. The new addition of their moms played by Hines, Baranski and Sarandon are hit and miss apart, but share a similar chemistry together that could offer up more for this trio in the future should this movie deliver at the box office.

The overall story is pretty predictable, but that is not why you watch these kinds of movies. Every person will likely connect to this film in a different way whether it be on a personal level or the comedy, bit either way it is a decent follow up to the first film and is the kind of thing that they could keep doing films with this team dealing with life or holidays and will likely find its audience in some way. If you enjoyed the first film then you will likely enjoy this latest entry so decide for yourself, get in the holiday spirit and check it out.

In addition to the film this release includes bonus content including a gag reel, additional scenes, trailers, and a crew music video. Get in on the stress of Christmas when A Bad Moms Christmas available now on Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD from Universal Home Entertainment.

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