When I first saw the trailer for “Bad Moms,” I thought it looked funny but not great. I had intended to watch it once it was released on Blu-ray. But after hearing from three different people about how funny the film was, my wife and I decided to go check it out in theaters. I am glad we did because “Bad Moms” is a very funny film.
Bad Moms (2016) centers around three over-committed and under-appreciated moms who decide to ditch their responsibilities and have some fun. Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn all were excellent in their roles and you could tell they had fun making this movie.
I had heard from most that Kathryn Hahn's Carla was the highlight of the movie, but for me her character was a little over the top and annoyed me a couple of different times. Kristen Bell's Kiki was my favorite character in the film. Christina Applegate was great as the unpleasant over-the-top PTA president Gwendolyn.
Mila Kunis' two kids also deserve a shout-out. Emjay Anthony, who plays Dylan, Kunis' son, did a great job with his role. He has been on my list of young stars to watch out for since I first saw him in Jon Favreau's Chef. Oona Laurence, who did an excellent job as Kunis' daughter Jane, is someone I am adding to that same list. Not only was she great in this movie, but I have heard from many others that she does an incredible job in 2015's “Southpaw” with Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams. She is also starring alongside Bryce Dallas Howard in Disney's upcoming film “Pete's Dragon.”
The story of “Bad Moms” isn't anything groundbreaking, but it does provide a fun platform for the female leads to shine and the jokes to hit hard. While the story mostly revolves around the hilarious debauchery the three lead moms get themselves into, it does touch on some serious real-world family issues in the end.
Overall, “Bad Moms” is extremely funny and offers an enjoyable story that many will be able to relate to. Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, and Christina Applegate were all excellent in their individual roles and had some of the funniest comedic moments I have seen in a while. “Bad Moms” is my favorite comedy of the year so far. I look forward to revisiting it regularly when it comes out on Blu-ray. I give “Bad Moms” an 8 out of 10.