Bad Moms was touted to be the comeback and reunion of directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. Remember these gentlemen who gifted us with the first ever Hangover movie and won us over with its perverse brilliance? Or was it its brilliant perverseness?
Well, all I knew before diving into Bad Moms was that there was no way I would leave my seat disappointed. With a heavy-hitting crew including the likes of Mila Kunis, Kristina Bell, Kathryn Hanh and Cristina Applegate; it promised to be mighty entertaining if nothing else.
A female centric story, the movie revolves around Amys life, an over-worked, under-appreciated mom who is stressed out, exhausted and ready to snap. Bad Moms illustrates her breaking point. From there on, we are taken on a wild ride reminiscent of good ol’ Van Wilder, complete with self-discovery, guilt and absolution. Only this time, with moms in the fore-front and the central plot of the whole film revolving around PTA drama.
Based on the concept and case, this is a movie you root for – only to walk away frustrated. And here’s why.
The movie started off as a girl-power comedy, with a sincere message about moms and their thankless jobs and how it is okay for parents to make mistakes sometimes, but cops out by going soft in the end. Much of the movie is a comedy of outrage pegged to a gender stereotype. Which should have worked, except, that the mighty crew we mentioned before failed to deliver. It never felt like the any of the lead ladies were really invested or even interested in the characters they were playing and the character comedy that could have lifted this wreck from bed-rock to well, rock, simply didn’t work, leaving the whole thing feeling like a wasted opportunity.
What I have learnt is that you cannot a make raunchy comedy that is also a sentimental paean to motherhood. Try to do both and you end up with a flailing wreck, as this movie has evidenced. Bad Moms fell flat far too often, yet resonated for the simple fact that the message at its core is worth telling. I’m sure many moms will get a kick out of it, but avoid getting dragged along with them if you aren’t one.
With that said, comedy is probably the most subjective of genres and I know many of my neighbors thoroughly enjoyed the flick. If nothing else, it might urge you to treat your mothers better and that’s certainly something!