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Regardless of your level of education, there are times when you want to forget, or at least temporarily put aside all adult responsibilities the perfect opportunity to watch a raunchy comedy. There are plenty of examples of these rude, crude and socially unacceptable movies targeted towards teenagers and young adults. Any title prefaced by the words ‘American Pie’, usually fit into this category. Considerably less common all films of the genre written with adults in mind. The target audience for the film of the consideration here, ‘Bad Moms,' is expressly mothers with school-age children. While much of the decidedly politically incorrect humor will be best appreciated by this demographic, the extraordinary talent of the actresses comprising the principal cast read something that is significantly more inclusive. In many respects, the themes explored in this movie are derived from films such as ‘Mean Girls,' reworked and infused with a dollop of middle-age angst. No one ever expected a movie like this to have its title printed on the card and placed in an envelope to be opened after the phrase "in the winter is …" but it does satisfy one of the primary requirements of the cinematic arts, provide entertainment. Usual caveat for any movie of this genre does apply; it is not suitable for those of genteel sensibilities who would be highly offended by the use of profane language. There are so many ‘F’ bombs dropped in this movie that you might conclude that General Curtis ‘bombs away’ Lemay was involved in the screenplay. There is less an array of physically gross humor that is typical of the teen variation of the genre; the puerile antics take on a different set on comic effectiveness when such silly actions undertaken by moms in their 30s. Indicative of this short timeline such as "she’s a good mother, she waits until her kids are asleep before getting high." When the main characters throw a PTA meeting that devolves into a kegger the requisite out of control party scene is realized in a hastily funny fashion.

The main protagonist of the story is Amy Mitchell (Mila Kunis) a woman who has a husband, Mike (David Walton) and two children, Jane (Oona Laurence) and Dylan (Emjay Anthony). Amy was ostensibly a part-time sales representative for the millennial-oriented coffee company although she works longer and harder hours than anyone else in the place. At 36 she is significantly older than anyone else in the business. Responsibilities are taken on at home include making healthy lunches for both of the children every day and doing a considerable amount of their homework for them. Amy makes it a point always to attend all of the extracurricular activity. If Amy’s mind could be depicted in the cartoon, it would see water boiler straining at the seams moments away from exploding. At her children’s school the president of the PTA, Gwendolyn James (Christina Applegate) she has turned the school to own private empire that is forced to yield to hug her cornea and rule. In a situation mirroring that of high school, Gwendolyn is always flanked by her sycophants Stacy (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Vicky (Annie Mumolo). Under Gwendolyn’s regime, every event involving the PTA’s must is subjected to planning down to to the minutest detail. Gwendolyn is prone to present ideas with elaborate PowerPoint presentations that would be considered overdone for a Fortune 500 company.

A spark that initiates the story occurs when Amy is faced with a personally catastrophic moment. Inadvertently walks in on a husband who was sitting in front of his computer with his pants around his ankles. He is masturbating to a live stream of a naked woman. It turns out that Mike has was involved in this activity for over ten months. Outraged, Amy throws him out of the house. The next morning the reality of a situation begins crashing in on her. It’s not that Mike was much of help in taking care of the house for children, but it did provide the façade of not being alone. When Amy walks in late one PTA meeting, she is probably dressed down by Gwendolyn or signs are an arduous task for an upcoming event. At the precipice of a breaking point, Amy resigns and storms out seeking solace in the nearest bar. There Amy encounters Carla (Kathryn Hahn), the scandalously divorced mother of the school. Carla maintains a laid-back attitude is dismissing any criticism she might have being openly sexually active. As the two of them drinking Amy is approached by Kiki (Kristen Bell), a stay-at-home mother for was enamored by how Amy stood up to the overbearing Gwendolyn. The morning soon passes into the afternoon as the drinks flowed literally as the three become bonded strongly over the trials and tribulations of motherhood. Kiki’s as a concept of family life that would’ve been considered overly strict by 50s standards. The boy expects Kiki to manage the house, cooking and cleaning are always caring for children without any assistance whatsoever from him.

The influence of Kiki and Carla is liberating for Amy. She keeps a husband classic red muscle car and begins giving her children lunches purchase that Arby’s. Jennifer informs her son that she is no longer going to do homework; she is fed up with his being spoiled and entitled. To help calm down overly stressed out daughter they blow up school and work up after themselves with a spa day together. The drastic change in attitude comes on the heels of an all-night binge with Carla and Kiki that included tearing through a supermarket like a tornado. When Amy brings store bought cakes to a bake sale, she receives the full ire of Gwendolyn. Much of the point that she could no longer contain her anger, Amy denounces Gwendolyn and announces that she is going to run against the in the upcoming PTA presidential election. It is not used to such insubordination subjects at his point of rage. She conspires to have Amy’s daughter kicked off the soccer team in disgrace by planting marijuana in her locker. Gwendolyn then received for the smear campaign telling all the PTA members about how Amy is a terrible mother.

The second act of the movie is the showdown between Amy and Gwendolyn as they both campaigned for the position of PTA President. Gwendolyn has controlled the office for six years and has never opposed in any election. The audacity that someone such as Amy Ward dared to challenge her was unconscionable to Gwendolyn. While Gwendolyn continued with dirty politics, Amy decides to win the hearts and minds of the constituency where the previously mentioned party comes in. Gwendolyn closes a house party that includes elucidating how multipoint presentation for steering the PTA into the future followed by refreshments hated by Martha Stewart. Meanwhile, not for away Amy’s gathering is floundering until people fed up with Gwendolyn’s overbearing ways begin to trickle in. Met at the door by Carla was dispensing alcohol in livable quantities a full-scale celebration of freedom is under way. Naturally, on the night of the election, the showdown between Gwendolyn and Amy comes to a head.

The movie is a raucous celebration of being liberated from the overwhelming responsibilities facing the modern mother. Understandably no movie of this category can warrant much an array of critical acclaim. Usually, ranking a movie the criteria is the cinematic merits displayed in the construction of the movie. I prefer to judge a film by how well it achieves the filmmaker’s objectives. The panel directors helming this film, Jon Lucas and Scott Moore are quite experienced in the genre most notably their involvement in the ‘Hangover’ franchise. Their intention was not to create a work of cinematic artistry but rather to craft a flick that allows the audience to release the inner child to appreciate more juvenile aspects of comedy better. Featured here is an incredible cast of actresses or mothers in their right, have considerable experience across an eclectic range of genres. Ms. Kunis has been honing his skills ever since she lied about her age to become part of the past of the sitcom, ‘That 70s Show’. She has such a natural way of performing that audiences immediately can bond with any character she assumes. A similar comment also pertains to Ms. Bell. Kristen Bell is one of my favorite actresses; I have never been disappointed with any of her performances and invited the fact that she frequently participates in online skits website such as ‘Funny or Die.' She also brought a realistic view of motherhood in a series of TV commercials she has appeared in with a husband, Dax Shepherd. Christina Applegate is another actress that has been part of the collective consciousness of popular culture since she was a child actress on the TV show ‘Married with Children.' The development for the character of Gwendolyn Ms. Applegate can infuse the likable character with exceptionally human characteristics. Kathryn Hahn has been a mainstay on television and independent film for most of her career. She has an incredibly broad range capable of wearing a character like a comfortable pair of old jeans. If you expect the award ceremony contender, look elsewhere. However, if you want a couple of hours of laughter to try this movie. Be sure to continue watching during the credits. They have portions of interviews conducted with the principle cast and their real life moms.

bulletDeleted Scenes
bulletGag Reel
bulletInterview with The Cast & Thier Moms

Posted 01/06/2017

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