Now on Netflix: Bad Moms (2016)

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The film Bad Moms film brings laughs and some touching emotional moments as three women fight back against the pressure to be perfect at all time, and start a PTA wide rebellion.

Amy Mitchell (Mila Kunis) over-worked and has had enough. When she’s not running round after her kids and doing their homework for them, she’s working full-time in a part-time job and trying to keep everything a float. After a very bad day involving multiple accidents, ungrateful kids and her husband live-streaming himself to another women, she fights back against the tyranny of the PTA’s president Gwendolyn James (Christina Applegate), her two sidekick mums Stacy (Jada Pinkett-Smith) and Vicky (Annie Mumolo), and society’s idea of a perfect mother.

Along with single mum and full-time drunken disaster Carla (Katherine Hahn) and the overwhelmed Kiki (Kristen Bell), Amy beings to explore all the things she never was able to do in her twenties – most of them involving getting drunk or the “hot widower” Jesse (Jay Hernandez).

It was never going to be a groundbreaking film, but Bad Moms acts as the older sister to the teen-makeover movie, where the ‘ugly duckling’ is transformed by the conclusion to the hot girl with a boyfriend simply due to the powerful magic that is makeup and highlights. Bad Moms has some of the tropes, mostly in a wardrobe scene that focuses on the discussion of how depressing Amy’s “sexy” bra is, but simply embraces the fun that the women are having through pushing back against the often self-imposed rules that guide their lives.

Bad Moms doesn’t mess around. It knows what kind of film you’re looking for when you decide to choose it. It’s the underdog vs the queen bee, it’s Mean Girls but with child locks – and an obvious nod to the “she doesn’t even go here!” scene.

And it doesn’t matter that you might not be able to relate to every one of the experiences that the three women face, because that’s not the point. There’s something refreshing about watching the person expected to do everything push back and say no. Sometimes that involves making your twelve year old son make his own breakfast, sometimes it means being outrageously drunk in a supermarket and punching a cardboard cut out of a housewife in the face. We’ve all been there.

 

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