Verdict: 4 / 5
Bad Moms is a refreshing and hilarious take on what it means to be a woman, a mother and, most importantly, horrendously incompetent at meeting the expectations of society. In the recent 2015/2016 trend of ‘bad’ movies, this one is surprisingly good. While it nails the truths of being a woman, you’ll be shocked to learn it was written by two men (the writers of The Hangover).
In the cliche setting of a suburban town, an overworked and unappreciated mother of two, Amy Mitchell (Mila Kunis), is desperately trying to keep her life afloat and everyone in it happy. This includes her adolescent boss, her man-child husband, the gluten-free PTA moms and, of course, her children. After a bad day of comical coffee spills, emotional breakdowns, and a vertigo dog, Amy starts to fight back.
She joins forces with two other outcast moms, Carla (Kathryn Hahn), a single and alarming neglectful mother, and Kiki (Kirsten Bell), who is reclusive and over controlled by her husband. They band together to fight back against the PTA leader and perfect mother, Gwendolyn (Christina Applegate), for their right to be bad moms. While ensuing her endeavour for a new life, Amy meets the local mom-crush and widower, Jessie Harkness (Jay Hernandez), making her current situation more complicated and a whole lot hotter.
Bad Moms is a wildly sincere comedy portraying each character as slightly predictable but no less relatable and intrinsically human. Although it was funny from beginning to end, it was interspersed with very real heartfelt moments between the most unexpected characters. Like most movies of its calibre you can expect over the top, painstakingly awkward and just damn hilarious moments.
The physical comedy of Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn and Kristen Bell is surprisingly well-timed and adds to the overall wildness of their adventure. With appearances from our favourite comedy actors, David Walton as the douchebag dad and Clark Duke as the pubescent boss, there was no stopping the laughs. However, as in most comedies, it’s hardly ever the lead that steals the show. Kunis was great but was outshone by the comical gold from Hahn and Applegate.
Bad Moms is not just a raunchy, grownups (or moms) behaving badly comedy, it is truly a funny movie. A great watch, especially for women, mothers and anyone with a bit of girl power.
Fortress of Solitude attended a special screening of the hilarious comedy Bad Moms hosted by Ster-Kinekor and South African singer Nathi Mankayi on Saturday, 20 August in order to celebrate Woman’s month. With vodka punch in hand, all who were there got to meet and greet the local singing sensation. His performance was a very cheerful and exciting build up to the movie.