They cook for us, they clean for us, they don’t complain despite how much we do, and, at the end of the day, they just hope that we grow up to be good people. Being a mum has to be the hardest job in the world, as well as one filled with laughs, and finally the movie industry has cottoned on to that.
In Bad Moms, overworked, under-appreciated mum Amy (Mila Kunis) discovers that her husband is having an affair, so she and friends Kiki (Kristen Bell) and Carla (Kathryn Hahn) decide to rebel against social expectations of being the perfect mother and be bad mums instead.
Bad Moms truly succeeds in showcasing what it’s really like to be a mum these days: Amy never stops working, whether it’s for her lazy boss (Clarke Duke), her lazier husband Mike (David Walton), or her demanding kids (Oona Laurence and Emjay Anthony), and as she faces pressure from the “perfect” mums at school (played to icy cold perfection by Christina Applegate, Jada Pinkett Smith and Annie Mumolo), she, Kiki and Carla find solace in the fact that no mum is perfect, and that everyone is just doing the best that they can to raise good kids. It also emphasised the fact that even mums have a right to be selfish sometimes, and it is a victory to see Amy, as well as Kiki, an isolated stay at home mum, go out with their friends and have fun, and maybe even find new love. Despite its comedy billing, Bad Moms is often quite a heartfelt, emotional movie, reminding us not to take our mums for granted and appreciate everything they do.
Of course, that doesn’t mean it’s not ridiculously funny. Written and directed by the Hangover creators Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, this movie not only understands that women enjoy sex, but actually has funny sex humour, as well as satirises gender stereotypes and destroys them by the end of the film. From destroying supermarkets to outrageous mum parties, you’ll never look at hoodies or spa mud baths the same way again.
And a lot of this humour is down to a seriously talented cast with great chemistry. Mila Kunis is just brilliant as Amy, a loving mother and a caring friend, who is also extremely funny to watch. Kristen Bell was hilarious as the neurotic Kiki, and Christina Applegate was the perfect villain for this film. But the standout of the movie was Kathryn Hahn, who, as one of the funniest actors in comedy these days, went from off the wall to heartfelt, making her so entertaining to watch.
More than just the average forgettable comedy, Bad Moms’ humour is intrinsically linked to its story, playing on the at times hilarious job of being a mother and creating something so relatable for not just mothers, but kids. With hilarious humour, great performances, and a lot of heart, Bad Moms will make you feel truly guilty for being such a bad kid.
And here’s my list of the top five films and shows starring the cast of Bad Moms:
- That 70s Show – Mila Kunis
- Parks and Recreation – Kathryn Hahn
- Suicide Squad – Jay Hernandez
- Frozen – Kristen Bell
- Anchorman – Christina Applegate
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