In a typical American suburb, a typically stressed-out mom decides to call it quits. She meets two other like-minded ladies and together they decide to become "Bad Moms". 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).
Christina Applegate and her two sidekicks Annie Mumolo and Jada Pinkett Smith look like a "grown up" version of the Mean Girls. Photo: STX Entertainment / Credit Michele K. Short
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 realise that they can never get 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…
Photo: STX Entertainment / Credit Michele K. Short
Even though Amy says in the beginning that she and her family live in a suburb of Chicago, Bad Moms was actually filmed in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Locations where the crew was filming include the Ursuline Academy, which was used as the school. The Contemporary Arts Center on Camp Street was Amy's workplace – the trendy coffee company – and the Gretna Breaux Mart was the grocery store setting for the three moms' wild supermarket rampage.
To read about all the New Orleans filming locations for Bad Moms in detail, check out this post.
Street Life in New Orleans. Photo: Sonja Irani / filmfantravel.com
New Orleans. Photo: Sonja Irani / filmfantravel.com
Among the many other films that were shot in New Orleans is 12 Years A Slave (2013). In contrast to Bad Moms, this is an extremely sad film and difficult to watch, but nevertheless an important one to learn more about American history.
New Orleans was a stronghold of the grand plantations that exploited the labour of African American slaves. One plantation you can visit to get a feel for this time period is the Oak Alley Plantation just outside New Orleans. By the way, this plantation also served as a filming location in Interview with the Vampire (1994).
The Oak Alley Plantation just outside New Orleans. Photo: Sonja Irani / filmfantravel.com
The Final Verdict
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 Horrible Bosses (2011) or Trainwreck (2015).
The "drunk moms going wild in the grocery store" scene was definitely one of my favourites:
Finally a female Hangover! One of the best comedies this year! I loved it!
***** 5 out of 5 stars!
Scene from "Bad Moms". Photo: STX Entertainment