A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS – Rated R – 1 hr. 44 mins.

A Bad Moms Christmas

A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS – Rated R – 1 hr. 44 mins. 

Starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines, Susan Sarandon, Peter Gallagher, Jay Hernandez and Justin Hartley 

Back from their smash BAD MOMS which hit the big screen just a year ago – we again get to experience the somewhat less-than-perfect lives of Amy (Mila Kunis), Kiki (Kristen Bell) and Carla (Kathryn Hahn), as the Holidays are upon us, and like for most of us moms…seeming once again to becoming way out of our control.

When all of our “favorite Moms” get the same exciting “Christmas Surprise”…Holidays with their own mothers by their sides…the stress of it all seems to be becoming more than these 3 can ultimately handle…

As Amy’s Mother Ruth (Christine Baranski) seems to want to control Christmas “as usual”, regardless what Amy’s wants and desires are…and Kiki’s Mom Sandy (Cheryl Hines) can’t wait to spend every waking minute with her only child…it seems that Carla’s Mom Isis (Susan Sarandon) has stopped by for the same reason she always does, every 3-5 years, YIPEE ~ making this Christmas especially awesome for all our MOM’s, and sadly, their families too!!!

Well, as our Bad Mom’s buckle in to try to win each of their respective Christmases back from these woman who have overtaken their lives ~ and their peace of mind ~ will the mother/daughter bond be what keeps this holiday season in tact…or will these ladies experience way to much togetherness… leading to nothing but heartache in the end???

I give A BAD MOM’S CHRISTMAS a rating of WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD OR NETFLIX: I must admit, I was right there with everyone of my girlfriends who LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the original…as surprisingly two dudes – Jon Lucas and Scott Moore – had managed to get the real life struggles, of real-life moms perfectly portrayed on the big screen the first time around. But, with that said, I think Lucas and Moore should have gone for a “less is more” approach with this really rather BAD holiday scene. Kunis is as fab as the first time, as the newly divorced Amy – and lucky for her, Jessie (Jay Hernandez) is still by her side. Bell is adorable too reprising her role as Kiki, trying to cut the apron strings all along the way….and Hahn is good too, reprising her role as the brash and most fun of the gang. So why the less than stellar review? I think that Lucas and Moore put way too much emphasis on the negatives of the mother/daughter relationship, which just translated to every scenario becoming way too messed-up and way too ridiculous. I also felt that Barnaski was totally miscast as Kunis’s mother, and even though Hines and Sarandon were better cast in their respective “Mother” roles, the whole movie just started to come across as BAD – and not in a good way…

I was so saddened by the fact that I wasn’t feeling this second installment, that I paid to see it not once, but twice, and still I couldn’t shake the sad feeling I had that even though I did laugh throughout periodically with some of the shenanigans happening on screen, the film as a whole just wasn’t nearly as enchanting as its predecessor you see…leaving me to suggest that if you enjoyed the original as much as I, then you’ve been warned that A BAD MOM’S CHRISTMAS has definitely fallen under the dreaded CURSE OF THE SEQUAL!!!

Kathy Kaiser