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.
Set in hell, Mila Kunis, Susan Sarandon, T.J. Miller and Danny McBride make up some of the cast of stop-motion animation adult comedy, Hell & Back.
I definitely smiled more than I laughed as I watched Hell & Back, which I think makes it a mildly entertaining to quite entertaining movie. This of course isn’t the ideal reaction, but I’m glad I made it to the end.
Directed by Tom Gianas and Ross Shuman, I enjoyed the voice work and some funny moments such as all the dialogue of the character responsible for welcoming residents to hell and administering torture. I think that Augie, the one that ‘looks like he only eats dough’ is cute in a perfectly adorably cuddly way. There’s also a great joke about cat owners that I won’t spoil.
Overall, the devil, played by Bob Odenkirk is definitely my favourite character. Reason being, his voice, his dialogue and the physicality of the devil when sporting his red ‘suit.’
Tune in for a non-demanding stop-motion comedy, especially if you don’t mind plenty of expletives and adult dialogue.
You wouldn’t be blamed if after hearing the concept of Ted, your reaction was, really? Please!
But then you learn a little more and realise that the movie is the brainchild of Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy. He not only stars as the voice of Ted but directed and wrote it too.
Fans of the very successful Family Guy series would be the most excited. Just a little more perhaps, than fans of general good humour – particularly humour that’s silly and filthy in parts.
Also starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis, there’s plenty of funny dialogue. One of the key highlights for me is Donny, the character played by Giovanni Ribisi and his highly peculiar dance moves. Lastly, who could forget the scene with all the ‘white trash’ names…
Directed by The Wachowskis, the duo behind The Matrix (1999) trilogy and starring Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Sean Bean and Eddie Redmayne, I had relatively high hopes. Admittedly, mostly because of Redmayne.
After the event however, it would be quite the stretch for me to call Jupiter Ascending a ‘good film’ – though there are some things I enjoyed. Namely, Mila Kunis’ royal outfits, the visuals of Jupiter and the rather disturbingly good theory about ‘harvesting’ planet earth.
Everything else was just unconvincing. I found myself unable to properly buy into any of the characters let alone the central love story.
Usually I can suspend my disbelief given that a story is executed well – whether it be sci-fi, fantasy, etc. That’s just not completely the case here.
I still love Mila Kunis, especially in That 70s Show, Family Guy and Black Swan (2010) – just not in Jupiter Ascending.