“Bad Moms” Have Their Own Hangover
By Skip Sheffield
Perhaps all you need to know about “Bad Moms” is that is directed by the same guys who brought you “The Hangover” and its sequels.
Those guys are writer-directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, doing for women behaving badly what they did for men behaving badly.
Mila Kunis stars as Amy, little Mrs. Perfect. Amy is only 32, but she is the oldest person in her busy Chicago work place. She is also the mother of two with a rather useless husband named Mike (David Walton). When Amy catches Mike masturbating to Internet porn, she reaches her limit and orders him out of the house.
So begins a sense of liberation for Amy, who encourages her school mom friends Carla (Kathryn Hahn) and Kiki (Kristen Bell) to loosen up and act up. Amy borrows her estranged husband’s Dodge Challenger and the women go out on the town carousing, drinking, dancing and flirting with strangers. Then they show up late getting their kids to school.
The bad moms’ antics do not escape the stern PTA president Gwendolyn (Christina Applegate), who rules with an iron fist. When Gwendolyn forces the soccer coach to kick Amy’s daughter off the team, it is war. Amy decides to run for PTA president herself, and she soon finds many sympathizers.
If there is any moral to the story it is there is a little bad mom in every good mom. While Mila Kunis is appealing as Amy, it is Christina Applegate who commits grand scene theft as rigid Gwendolyn.
“Bad Moms” has much in common with the recently-released British comedy “Absolutely Fabulous.” It seems we all enjoy watching pretty women misbehave.