BAD MOMS, Good Movie: Funny, Irreverent, and Heartwarming

As a parent, it’s easy to sympathize with wife and mother, Amy Mitchell (Mila Kunis). No parent goes through life without at some point wanting to just say, “Fuck it,” and just do it all the easy way… no more keeping up appearances, no more doing it the so-called “right” way, no more letting kids rule every aspect of life. Any parent who claims they’ve never felt this way is either lying, has a saint of a spouse who does all the work, or is perpetually drunk. Amy Mitchell begins this film as mom of the year, but a series of stressful and downright shitty events, including finding the husband that she does everything for as if he were also her child cheating on her via the Internet. It gets real really quick.

Amy Mitchell defies the evil PTA witch, Gwendolyn James (Christina Applegate), in public at a PTA meeting and begins on a path that leads to big boozy parties, doing things the easy way, and putting herself first. She still takes care of her kids, mind you, so she’s not neglectful (at least not initially); but, she is a total badass that begins living in a way that puts the proverbial middle finger in the faces of all who the snooty moms pretending they are perfect.

Amy cultivates her own little posse, Carla Dunkler (Kathryn Hahn) and Kiki (Kristen Bell), and hijinks ensue. Of course, it all leads to the climactic moment where stuff blows up in their faces and they learn a valuable lesson. Along the path from insanity to crap hitting the fan to life lessons learned, there are tons of laughs and an awful lot of fun.

Kunis, Hahn, and Bell play off of each other with ease. Their chemistry on screen is fantastic from start to finish. Hahn does the heavy lifting comedy wise, while Kunis is the emotional core of the film. Applegate is the perfect bitch that you love to hate; she plays the role with a perfect balance of aggression, cattiness, and self-hate. Another standout performance is star NFL Defensive End JJ Watt in his first screen role as someone other than himself. Watt as Coach Craig is quite funny, especially in regards to how intimidated by Applegate’s Gwendolyn James.

The Blu-ray Combo Package comes with the film on both Blu-ray and DVD, as well as an Ultraviolet code. It includes deleted scenes, a gag reel, and interviews with the stars of the film and their real life mothers.

You can grab Bad Moms on Blu-ray through Amazon or your favorite retailer. It’s also available on all major VOD platforms.

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Justin Harlan mostly watches kids movies because he has two toddlers who hog the Roku remote. When they go to sleep he occasionally has time to watch films that he wants to. His taste is often questionable according to Liam, but he's still good people.