In a typical American suburb, a typically stressed-out mom decides to call it quits and become a "bad mom". Brace yourself for all the hilarious things that will happen next…
Amy Mitchell (Mila Kunis) is a married, 32-year-old woman who had her first child at 20. She works at a hip free-trade coffee company where everyone (including her boss) is younger than her. Juggling work, household duties and the extracurricular activities of her two children Jane and Dylan, Amy does everything to be the perfect mom.
And if that wasn't enough stress, Amy also catches her (literally useless) husband cheating on the internet. She throws him out of the house and tries to keep everything under control as a single parent. But that's easier said than done. So after a particularly stressful day, Amy also quits her involvement in her school's PTA (a US acronym for National Parent Teacher Association), which is run by domineering bully Gwendolyn (Christina Applegate).
That evening, Amy hangs out with Carla (Kathryn Hahn), a laid back single mom, and Kiki (Kristen Bell) a stay-at-home mother of four, at a local bar. After a few drinks, the moms realize that they can never do everything right, no matter how hard they try. And so they decide that it's time for a change. It's time to be a bad mom…
Even though Amy (Mila Kunis) says in the beginning that she and her family live in a suburb of Chicago, Bad Moms was actually filmed in New Orleans in the US state of Louisiana.
Locations where the crew was filming include the Ursuline Academy, which was used as the school, the Contemporary Arts Center on Camp Street, which was Amy's workplace – the trendy coffee company, and the Gretna Breaux Mart, which was the grocery store setting for the three moms' wild supermarket rampage.
Scenes for Amy's daughter's soccer practice were filmed at the Tulane University, Brown Field in front of Reilly Center. A New Orleans Uptown home was used for the massive moms house party scene and the Prytania Theatre was the cinema that Amy and her new friends escaped to during the middle of the day!
To read about the New Orleans filming locations in detail, check out this post.
… was absolutely amazing!
I have to say, the trailer didn't look that great at first and I wasn't sure whether Bad Moms would be match my kind of humour. But just the fact that Bad Moms was written by the creators of hit comedy Hangover (2009) made me curious enough to go and see it.
In the end, I laughed out loud so many times that it's fair to say I really enjoyed it! Ok, some of the jokes were below the belt, but overall it was the kind of humour that you would love it you liked films such as Hangover, Horrible Bosses or Trainwreck.
The "drunk moms going wild in the grocery store" scene was definitely one of my favourites:
In my opinion, it was about time for a female Hangover and also to acknowledge the fact that, in many cases, the mothers still do more than the fathers. No matter how much gender equality we have in our Western society, the old roles still stick. Amy's husband clearly demonstrated that in the scene at couple's therapy ("I think all my wife does all day is putting lotion on her face").
If you watch Bad Moms in the cinema, make sure you stay until the every end. After the film is finished and the first few credits have rolled down, there are interviews that the stars of the film did with their own, real-life moms. This is really good fun, especially when you see how much some of the mom-daughter pairs resemble one other (OMG, Kathryn Hahn and her mom look so much alike!)
My final verdict: Finally a female Hangover! One of the best comedies this year! I loved it!
***** 5 out of 5 stars!
LOL or what? Tell me your impression of Bad Moms in the comments below. I'm all ears! 🙂