Bad Moms (R)

Bad Moms, starring Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, Kristen Bell and Christina Applegate, is the story of a mom who is overworked, overscheduled and drained who decides she is not going to do what is expected of her as a “good” mom anymore, so she resigns herself to being a “bad” mom: a mom who does not do her children’s homework and projects; does not make it to every game/recital/conference; does not participate in every drive/fund raiser/bake sale; a mom who thinks of and puts herself first sometime; a mom who drinks, goes out on school nights, and all the other things “good” moms do not do.

For me, this movie was a miss in so many ways from beginning to end.

Most importantly, the laughs just were not there.  Allow me to say this please… There is a reason why certain cuss words and phrases do not really “take off” like others.  One reason is that the words sound ridiculous when they come out of one’s mouth.  Anyone’s mouth.  It’s not that the speaker is doing anything wrong.  It’s just that what they just said sounds ridiculous.  Trust me when I tell you, and most people who have had a conversation with me can back me up on this, there is an art to the use of curse words.  You have to first own the word and then command it.  You have to commit to cussing if you’re going to do it effectively and sound authentic.  So, there were words in this movie that never should have been written, much less spoken, and there were instances where the cussing did not make the line funny.  I’ve said it before and I will say it again, cussing does not offend me, so it is fine to use profanity to accentuate or even punctuate a joke as far as I am concerned – but the cuss itself cannot and will never be the joke.

After watching Bad Moms I found out it was written by John Lucas and Scott Moore (The Hangover) and I must say, this is not their best work.  I mean, I can’t really explain where the disconnect lies, but there was definitely a disconnect between the audience and the funny.  There were some chuckles, but no real humor.  There are some even uncomfortable moments that will make you laugh – because you feel uncomfortable and don’t really know how else to react – because you think you came to see a comedy…?  Perhaps this movie should not have been billed as a comedy.  Not in its current state at any rate.

The story was all over the place.  Kunis’ character was breaking up with her husband, fighting with her kids, fighting with the head of the PTA, fighting with her boss, had a useless assistant, the dog was sick (which was totally unnecessary and not really funny at all).  There were too many relationships going on in the movie when the focus should have been on the relationship with the other “bad” moms (Hahn and Bell), her rival at the PTA (Applegate), the children, and the job.  All of the rest of the “stuff” in the movie was unnecessary.  Filling the movie up with unnecessary characters and relationships just diluted the story, thinned the plot and thinned the potential jokes.

The acting wasn’t bad at all. Kathryn Hahn is a raunchy maniac who is capable of saying almost anything and making it sound authentic.  Almost anything.  Even she could not overcome some of the poorly written lines and jokes.  She can be pretty funny given the right material though and I look forward to seeing more from her.  And it was good to see Kristen Bell attempting “comedy.”  Mila Kunis did a pretty good job.  And be on the lookout for Oona Laurence, the young lady who plays Kunis’ daughter Jane.  She was pretty perfect in her comedic and dramatic moments, and is adorable here.

Bad Moms earns 5 bloops. It is a so-so movie that is worth seeing if you don’t have to pay. Wait for it to come on cable or streaming service.

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1   =   worst ever, avoid at all cost
2   =   very bad, forget about it!
3   =   poor movie, not recommended
4   =   not good, even for free – NO!
5   =   so-so, worth it if you don’t have to pay
6   =   not bad, could have been better
7   =   good movie, worth seeing
8   =   great movie, don’t miss it!
9   =   excellent movie, a must see!
10 =   a masterpiece, go see it now!

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