Bad Moms DVD Reviewed By Jarred Tito

The Premise
A woman with a seemingly perfect life - a great marriage, overachieving kids, beautiful home, stunning looks and still holding down a career. However she's over-worked, over committed and exhausted to the point that she's about to snap. Fed up, she joins forces with two other over-stressed moms and all go on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities, going on a wild un-mom like binge of freedom, fun and self-indulgence - putting them on a collision course with PTA Queen Bee Gwendolyn and her clique of devoted perfect moms.

The Review
A fun movie with quite a few home truths for the zealot ‘soccer’ mums of the world. Sure the movie plot line is semi-predictable and loaded with an ample amount of shock lines, especially from actress Kathryn Hahn who plays ‘Carla’ a socially challenged misfit, but it is still funny and has plenty to say about the ‘modern’ women and their place in society. 
Firstly, it is a story about three women breaking the rules and social expectations. Secondly it’s an empowering motivational story of three women rising up in the cold hard face of adversity. And lastly, it’s a good laugh which pokes fun at everything ‘holy’ regarding parenthood in the modern PC world.

Carla teams up with Kiki (Christina Bel) to promote Amy Mitchell (Mila Kunis) as the new model and standard for the P.T.A. Amy Mitchell has had enough of the ‘system’ and is pushed to the limit by Gwendolyn, the president of the PTA, played by Christina Applegate, which leads to her making a stand against everything sweet, charming and expected of mothers with school children. 

Bad Moms, the title says it all and can easily fit in with other movies of this nature with similar titles such as; ‘Bad Santa’ and ‘Dirty Grand-pa’. Initially each movie hits you right between the eyes with shocking language and lewd behaviour but then slowly brings you around with a deeper, enlightening truths which seem to justify the beginning. (A pattern for a lot of American comedies of late.)

Aside from all of that, Bad Moms, has some genuine funny moments. Carla, played by Kathryn Hahn, most definitely has the lion’s share of one liners and so dominated the comical aspect of the film. Hahn’s comic timing is perfect. 

Although the films receiving a bit of flack over the ‘One Finger Salute’ portrayed in the promotional posters as well as stirring up a bit trouble with the real soccer mom fraternity, the movie as a complete work is quite positive and should not be so easily written off.

The Verdict
An excellent cast and story full of laughs and home truths, even if they are exaggerated just a bit, that I have already recommended to more than a few. Yes there is quite a bit of material that will cause some offence but not enough to keep you away. Personally I think the laughs are worth it and the pathos delivers at the end.

The Trailer

The Info
DVD Releases: 23rd November 2016
Rating: R16 – Contains Sex scenes, sexual content & offensive language
Duration: 100 minutes 
Genre:  Comedy
Starring: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Christina Applegate
Director: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore

The Extras
Mila Kunis's wedding ring is her real-life wedding ring.

Mila Kunis was pregnant with second child while filming.

Mila Kunis and Kristen Bell's second film together. They previously starred in Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) eight years ago.

The movie is being filmed in New Orleans and is set in Chicago.

The 6 main actresses are all real-life mothers.

Nancy Priddy is Christina Applegate's real-life mother.

The school exterior shots were filmed at a historical school that is still operational in New Orleans.

Kesha was spotted on set and filmed scenes with Mila Kunis, but her role ended up being cut from the final film for unknown reasons.

Second movie in 2016 to star Kristen Bell and Annie Mumolo. The other was The Boss (2016).

Jay Hernandez stars alongside Jada Pinkett Smith in this film. He also stars alongside her husband Will Smith in Suicide Squad (2016)

When talking with the stars' real life mothers during the closing credits, Christina Applegate mentions that her mother took her to see the Al Pacino movie "Cruising" when she was 9 years old. Cruising also featured Ed O'Neill who played Applegate's father, Al Bundy, in Married With Children.

Gwendolyn comments on the backpack Jesse is wearing and he comments that he is an Elsa. Elsa is a character on "Frozen." Kristen Bell voices the character Anna in "Frozen."