Title: Bad Moms Director: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore Year: 2016 Run time: 1hr 40m
“In this new comedy from the writers of The Hangover, Amy has a seemingly perfect life - a great marriage, over-achieving kids, beautiful home, and 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 on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities – going on a wild, un-mom-like binge of long overdue freedom, fun, and self-indulgence – putting them on a collision course with PTA Queen Bee Gwendolyn and her clique of devoted perfect moms.”
1:57 – God, being a parent sucks! 4:32 – “You know how important family is to me, I got it wrote on my arm.” 9:32 – Why did they put a crash helmet on the dog? 12:36 – Noodles in the face! 14:32 – This woman has the best PowerPoint presentation ever! 18:00 – “Is that something you guys fantasise about too?” “No. You’re bats**t crazy.” 18:26 – Vincent Diesel? 20:42 – Drunk shopping looks amazing! How have I never tried it? 25:42 – “I like her. I’m also really scared of her.” 29:32 – Choooon! Explicit Cake by the Ocean. 31:05 – God, this is like grown up Mean Girls. 36:29 – “This is something Mrs Doubtfire would wear!” 39:44 – And now Demi. Epic soundtracking. 45:21 – Is that how it works? “I think we should just put that in the past and not talk about it.” 54:08 – I’ve missed the stage in life where parents do the kids’ homework. Never happened for me. 1:00:12 – Argh, I know she’s drunk and making an awesome speech but less versus fewer. 1:07:32 – Not really sure about therapy but I do like the “three things you like about each other” thing. 1:10:56 – Kids are so ungrateful! Argh. 1:18:56 – “It’s VERY EXCITING!” 1:25:56 – DVR pain. 1:27:43 – I feel like she makes a lot of promises. Clearly never watched Casualty, where they tell you not to promise anything in case you can’t keep it. 1:31:34 – “Because… I love you… and stuff.”
Great cast in this film, but I wasn’t totally sure it would be our cup of tea, given that it’s all about parenting - one of those things I know absolutely nothing about. Thankfully, it’s about the worst side of parenting, which is something I can understand and celebrate - having kids sucks, hooray!
It was much funnier than I thought, and thankfully not many of the jokes were at the kids expense. The film is more about how to keep your identity when you’re responsible for other human beings, with some excellent digs at how the education system works these days.
Brilliant job by the three leading ladies, plenty of fun, with a reference to Vincent Diesel to boot.