Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn are back in the sequel to Bad Moms (2016), A Bad Moms Christmas. Written / directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, this time it’s the festive season and the mothers of the Bad Moms are in town…
Truth be told, I wasn’t best pleased with the first Bad Moms (2016) movie. There were a number of things about the story that disappointed me. As such, a part of me wants to steer completely clear of this follow-up. However, there’s also a part of me that needs to know whether this sequel will be equally bad, worse or better. Let’s just say that I don’t want to give up on Mila Kunis movies just yet. I’m also a big Christine Baranski fan, so perhaps I can be sure that her character will at least put a smile on my face; at least.
Susan Sarandon Oona Laurence and Emjay Anthony also star.
Starring Mila Kunis, Katheryn Hahn, and Kristen Bell, Bad Moms is written and directed by the team that wroteThe Hangover (2009) – Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. This isa truth that really should give us hope and confidence in the finsihed product.Sadly however, I found Bad Moms, to be quite the disappointment.
Bad Moms is unfunny because much of the story and plenty of the jokes were lazy cliches. Elements of the narrative and character development were simply unconvincing. So much so that I found myself wondering just how committed all the people involved in the movie really were to making it the best version it could have been. For example, were there budget and timing restrictions that meant it wasn’t possible to shoot or edit a more believable version of the emotional journeys and transformations of any of the characters? My frustration peaked at seeing the shift in Kristen Bell’s Kiki character. ‘REALLY? is all I could think and say out loud.
I’m not a mother so that may be the reason I laughed exactly zero times. Actually, I laughed one or two times. The most memorable one being thanks to a one liner delivered by Martha Stewart. But that really is it.
I’d absolutely love to see another Mila Kunis movie where she delivers a notable performance. That, for me hasn’t really happened since Black Swan (2010). I probably need to face facts and let it go, particularly because it’s widely understood that comedy movies are arguably always more fun to shoot than dramas or thrillers – and it looks as though Kunis’s preference is clear. Plus, I do definitely want her to be happy.
Watch it? Er… sure, if only so you can let me know whether I’m completely mad or as sane as can be.