Bad Moms

Film, Comedy
2 out of 5 stars
Bad Moms

Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars

Although Bad Moms was written and directed by the creators of the uneven Hangover trilogy (Jon Lucas and Scott Moore), any hopes that it will play out as an estrogen-charged, drugs-and-booze-fueled farce are quickly squashed. Instead of all-nighters culminating in facial tattoos and kidnappings in exotic locales, these errant mothers elect to go to the supermarket drunk and then sneak out for an unauthorised spa day. Despite the current cinematic climate (the all-female Ghostbusters reboot and the anticipated returns of Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel), Bad Moms marks an unwelcome return to chick-flick banality.

Young moms Amy, Carla and Kiki (Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn and Kristen Bell) live in a bland Illinois suburb, for which the film's lazy sitcom-style cinematography does no favours. The actors do their best with a flaccid script: Hahn seems to be channeling her inner Juliette Lewis as she delivers the movie’s few sizzling one-liners. Kunis, meanwhile, works in vain to project dowdy cluelessness, ransacking her closet of mum clothes for something that could make her look attractive for a night out.

As the trio fight their nemeses Gwendolyn, Vicky and Stacy (Christina Applegate, Annie Mumolo and Jada Pinkett Smith) for control of the local parent-teacher association, Stacy reveals that she recently got 'fifty-shaded' by her husband. While the grammatical shift to a verb should be applauded, if this is a film for the Fifty Shades demographic, one question lingers: Why don’t we get to see it?

By: Anna King



Release details

Release date:
Thursday August 11 2016
100 mins

Cast and crew

Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Mila Kunis
Kristen Bell
Jada Pinkett Smith
Kathryn Hahn

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