HOLLYWOOD—I’ve made the argument for years that ever since “Bridesmaids” arrived in theaters and proved to be a massive hit, so many writers and directors have attempted to capture that same magic. What magic might I be referring to? The notion that women can be just AS funny as their male counterparts in the comedy arena.
After misses from flicks like “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising,” we finally have a movie with a bit of wit, tons of laughs and phenomenal comedic timing from Kristin Bell, Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, Jada Pinkett Smith and Annie Mumolo in “Bad Moms.” Yes, the title doesn’t hold back because these women do some very bad things, but it’s so hilarious to watch all their antics play out on the big screen.
The comedy involves a bunch of overworked and stressed out moms, who decide to hang up there mom duties to have a bit of fun, so much fun that other parents and even their kids frown upon. I love that the movie crafts distinct characters that are quite reflective of society today. That is one of the reasons I think “Bad Moms” works because as a spectator I’m certain we all can pinpoint one of these characters to someone that we know in our personal lives.
Kunis portrays Amy Mitchell; the supermom of all moms, who finds herself dealing with her husband’s cheating scandal. In the midst of her crisis, Amy bonds with Carla (Kathryn Hahn), who is quite promiscuous and not afraid to make it known, as well as Kiki (Kristen Bell) who is a stay-at-home mom who envies Amy’s ability to stand up to Gwendolyn, portrayed by the hilarious Christina Applegate.
Gwendolyn is not alone as president of the PTC, alongside her minions Stacy (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Vicky (Annie Mumolo). Let it be known that Gwendolyn and her clan is representative of the privileged elite, who think everyone should idolize them. The movie raises the stakes as it becomes clear it’s a battle between the PTA moms and those who want to rebel against them and it’s funny as hell people.
One could make the argument that this movie is totally geared towards women and it is, but the message is so universal that men will enjoy it just as much. Moms are indeed overworked and somewhat shamed if they can’t do it all, which they shouldn’t be expected to do so. “Bad Moms” makes it clear through comedy that even supermoms get exhausted and have to take a break from the daily mundane activities that are never-ending. It’s fun to finally see a movie tackle the idea of child rearing and putting the focus on the person who does so much, but gets few accolades.