review by Bobby Bakey
Usually when a new rated R comedy comes out the focus is usually a group of guys getting into their usual nonsense. It’s rare that we get one that let the women cut loose and offer up some vulgar fun. The latest Bad Moms offers up a great cast including Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, Kristen Bell, Christina Applegate, Jada Pinkett Smith, Clark Duke, Jay Hernandez, Wendell Pierce, and Annie Mumolo, but does it bring the laughs and fun or will it be another watered down comedy that would make you rather be at a PTA meeting?
Bad Moms follows a woman with a seemingly perfect life, a great marriage, overachieving kids, beautiful home, stunning looks and still holding down a career. However she's over-worked, over committed and exhausted to the point that she's about to snap. Fed up, she joins forces with two other over-stressed moms and all go on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities, going on a wild un-mom like binge of freedom, fun and self-indulgence - putting them on a collision course with PTA Queen Bee Gwendolyn and her clique of devoted perfect moms. The opening of the film takes a bit to get going, but once it finds its footing it knocks it out of the park delivering laughs right to the end. Kunis does an excellent job with the role bringing a wide range of emotions across the board all while being able to handle to humor great. Bell takes on the strange stay home mom role and totally jumps right in and has some great moments. IT comes as no surprise that the always hilarious Hahn offers up some of the biggest laughs of the group as the single slutty mom of the group. These three have great chemistry together making them a lot of fun to watch from the moment they team up for their craziness.
The rest of the cast do a fine job as well with Applegate embodying the stuck up snob mom who rules the school and gives them someone to face off against. Smith offers up some funny lines, but is actually wasted here. She really doesn’t do anything other than just offer one-liners that don’t add any laughs or anything for that matter which is sad because she is always good. It doesn’t hurt anything it just feels like she is wasted here in the role. They fully utilize R rating with some really funny moments including a great grocery store montage scene that will have you laughing out loud. Outside of the tons of laughs there is still a story with heart that pretty much anyone can relate to. There is a great message here about parenting the unnecessary pressures put on the kids and the parents alike.
In addition to the film this release offers up some fun bonus content including deleted scenes, a gag reel and interviews with the cast and their moms. Cut loose and get bad when Bad Moms hits Blu-ray and DVD on November 1st as well as Digital HD available now from Universal Home Entertainment.