After they were done with being "the perfect moms" in the first Bad Moms film, the Bad Moms rebel again in A Bad Moms Christmas. And to make matters worse, the moms' own moms are joining in, too…
A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) must be the speediest sequel in the history of film, having been released just one year after the first Bad Moms film in 2016.
After the events of the first Bad Moms film, Amy Mitchell (Mila Kunis) has become a much more relaxed mom. She got rid of her useless husband and now lives in a happily blended family with her two kids, the "hot widower" from Bad Moms 1 and his adorable daughter.
Together, they do more bad mom stuff, such as getting drunk at the mall and stealing Christmas trees…
Scene from "A Bad Moms Christmas" Photo: © Motion Picture Artwork 2017 STX Financing, LLC
But the fun ends when Amy's own mother Ruth (Christine Baranski) turns up. After all, Ruth is an ultra-extreme control freak…
The other two ladies get an unexpected "seasonal visit" from their mothers, too: While Sandy (Cheryl Hines) is clinging too much onto her daughter Kiki and even copies Kiki's hairstyle, Carla's mother Isis ("yes, like the terrorist organisation", played by Susan Sarandon) is a "free spirit" who still refuses to become a "responsible adult".
Amy and her mom Ruth in "A Bad Moms Christmas" Photo: © Motion Picture Artwork 2017 STX Financing, LLC
Kiki and her mom Sandy in "A Bad Moms Christmas" Photo: © Motion Picture Artwork 2017 STX Financing, LLC
Carla and her mom Isis in "A Bad Moms Christmas" Photo: © Motion Picture Artwork 2017 STX Financing, LLC
Of course, there are going to be tensions with this wild bunch… and the big question is: Can Christmas be saved after all?
The Film Locations
The Film Locations: In contrast to the first Bad Moms movie (2016), which was largely filmed in New Orleans, Louisiana, A Bad Moms Christmas was shot almost entirely in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Trampoline Park where the whole clan (including all moms) is headed for "a fun day out" is the Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Newnan, Georgia.
And Amy's lavishly decorated "Christmas house" is also located in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia.
Amy's house decorated by her mom in "A Bad Moms Christmas" Photo: © Motion Picture Artwork 2017 STX Financing, LLC
Contrary to some of the many bad reviews that A Bad Moms Christmas received, I thought this sequel was actually just as funny and entertaining as the first Bad Moms movie.
Sure, the r‑rated humour was still pretty much "below the belt". So much so that there were certain scenes when I was actually "ashamed" to laugh out loud in the cinema (just three words: "hot hunk waxing").
But overall, this one was as good as the first movie, so minus the humor at times I will have to give four out of five stars.
***** 4 out of 5 stars
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