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

BAD MOMS – Rated R

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BAD MOMS – Rated R – 101 Min.

Starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Christina Applegate, Kathryn Hahn, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Annie Mumolo

From the writers who brought us such classic comedic films as THE HANGOVER SERIES (yes, they played a role in the development of ALL THREE), FOUR CHRISTMASES and THE CHANGE UPJon Lucas and Scott Moorecomes a hilarious film about what it really takes to be a mom in the 21st century – and how we all manage to judge not only ourselves, but every other mother around us as well…this is BAD MOMS!!

Lost in her world of trying to be the BEST MOM EVER – we meet working mom Amy (Mila Kunis) as she struggles through life trying to make her children’s and husband’s lives THE BEST THEY CAN BE!!!

When PTA President and all round busy body Gwedolyn (Christina Applegate) gets confronted by Amy, and in public no less, Gwendolyn is left with no alternative than to rally her troops – comprised of followers Stacy (Jada Pinkett-Smith) and Vicky (Annie Momulo) to take out this BAD MOM, before she affects the other mom’s who are unwillingly under Gwendolyn’s rule.

Liberated by the fact that she isn’t going to cower to this “all powerful ruler of the school” Amy acquires a few new friends and co-harts in her BAD MOM Brigade – Kiki (Kristen Bell) and Carla (Kathryn Hahn) – as they decide that being THE PERFECT MOM every day of their lives has become totally exhausting…and they just aren’t going to do it anymore…

I give BAD MOMS a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN – Okay, let me be straight with you from the start – when I saw that two guys wrote and directed this movie about MOM’s – I was initially wondering “How lame is this really going to be”…but Lucas and Moore managed to write and direct a film that is not only HILARIOUS, but absolutely DEAD ON with the lives that we as mother’s live day after day. From the judgment of WORKING MOMS vs. STAY AT HOME MOMS, to the pressures of meeting all the expectations of “the other mothers” at our children’s schools, to the pressures we put on ourselves to create the perfect home, the perfect kids, the perfect perception for the outside world of how fabulous we are…there is absolutely some element of this film that ALL MOTHERS can totally relate to…and laugh along with too, as all of our lives play out on screen. And what flawless casting too – as Kunis, Hahn and Bell play out their roles impeccably as the “BAD MOMS”, and Applegate’s performance is sheer perfection too (even though I literally wanted to punch her in the face before she was through!!!) You will laugh hysterically, you might even shed a tear along the way, as this film is picture-perfect in telling the story of what we, as mother’s, put ourselves through each and every day. I also wanted to share that even though BAD MOMS is the perfect GIRLS NIGHT OUT FLICK for you and your entourage to enjoy ~ you don’t necessarily have to leave the guys at home ~ as the male critics who were with me to view the advanced screening, were laughing just as hard as I and my girlfriends were, throughout the whole entire film too. Suffice to say that BAD MOM’s is one film that everyone should catch this weekend at a theater near you and don’t forget to stay through the credits – as the ending is something you definitely don’t want to miss either!!!

Kathy Kaiser