‘Bad Moms’ is thoroughly predictable, but still provides many laughs

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Bad Moms tells the story Amy Mitchell, played by the way too gorgeous Mila Kunis, a mother whose had enough of doing absolutely everything for her incredibly stupid family. This includes a gourmet breakfast every morning, taking the little shits to school AND doing the homework for one, working at a Facebook for Coffee-esque office, picking them up from school, going grocery shopping, and cooking for her literal worthless husband. She decides it is time for mothers to go balls out and her family may actually have to pour some cereal for once!

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This R-rated comedy is the very definition of a conventional comedy, with the story being virtually predictable from the get go. A few characters are complete caricatures and the plot follows the beat-by-beat story arc of the redemption of the down-on-her-luck protagonist to a very tee. What I will say about Bad Moms is the performances are fantastic. Some may find Kathryn Hahn’s character obnoxious at times, but I indulged in every scene she was in because she was very funny. She and Annie Mumolo’s characters were by far the superstars of this movie.

Mila Kunis played her role well and I actually really liked the chemistry her, Bell, and Hahn had together. You could tell these women enjoyed filming together. Kristen Bell had her moments and Christina Applegate as Gwendolyn played the role of the antagonist with some of the funniest lines in the movie pretty well. The only problem with characters I had were Jada Pinkett-Smith who was relegated to a “GURRRRRRRRRRL!” role and the love interest played by Jay Hernandez, who had 2 things to work with: look pretty (which he truly nailed) and say things that would make women swoon.

There were a few moments that made me have those belly laughs you crave for in a comedy, particularly a Mom Party that genuinely made me laugh. Again, Annie Mumolo’s character only had a few minutes of screentime ,but the lines she was given and her delivery was spectacular! The soundtrack was also one of my favorites. They had a great mix of the fun contemporary stuff and some great older jams. There were occasional moments that made you feel like you were watching a music video and a utilization of slo-mo I wasn’t prepared for, but it was an interesting tactic to use.

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As I mentioned the plot is thoroughly predictable which isn’t always a bad thing… My biggest issue I had with this movie is its ending. The final ten minutes or so made me roll my eyes so far in the back of my head you could have called me Regan MacNeil. I really could’ve done without an ending that tied everything together with an obnoxiously perfect bowtie. Having said all that, I would certainly watch it again on a Saturday afternoon when it pops up on the W network (basically a Canadian Lifetime channel) except I may end up going on my phone for those last few minutes.

3.5 out of 5