Bad Moms, directed by Jon Lucas & Scott Moore, the writers of The Hangover (2009), begins with the exasperatingly busy parent life of Amy Mitchell (Mila Kunis). Amy has a successful career, a beautiful home and is married to Mike (David Walton). She dedicates 110% of her time and effort to be a perfect mum to her overachieving children. But, as great as her life seems, she is over worked, over stressed, and completely burnt out.
One painstakingly long day, where everything goes wrong, Amy snaps and reaches her breaking point; she is constantly let down, undervalued, underappreciated and dismissed. Half-heartedly, Amy decides to go for a drink. She befriends Carla (Kathryn Hahn), a single mum, and Kiki, a ‘stay at home’ mum (Kristen Bell). The trio bond at a local bar and agree that to be a perfect mum is unrealistic, difficult, and completely impossible in the 21st century. They are tired. They have had enough. After this moment of shared realisation, they decide to be bad moms.
What follows are multiple scenes of outrageous behaviour – the trio indulge in their newfound freedom and, once the booze kicks in, go wild. Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn share easy chemistry on screen – Hahn, as Carla, delivers similar raunchy comedy as Edie in We’re the Millers. Her performance is faultless in both films. It is extremely mind boggling to register the fact that Carla and Edie are two characters played by the same person – Hahn is particularly an exceptional actor.
Kristen Bell plays the role of a ‘stay at home’ mum who has virtually no time to herself. Her time is dedicated centrally to her four young children, and her seemingly perfect husband is the root of her sadness- he forces her to accept her role is to just take care of their kids. Strikingly, Kiki is empowered and emboldened, after spending quality time with her friends, Amy and Carla, to challenge her husband and his controlling behaviour. Watching the friendship between the trio will guarantee side-splitting laughter – there is not only humour, but there also exists significant undertones of female empowerment through the course of the film.
The three women have very different personality traits – nevertheless, they find a friend in each other and celebrate their differences. We see them grow increasingly loyal to one another, and ultimately become more assured and confident about themselves.
Icona Pop’s ‘I love it’ is a soundtrack that fits brilliantly with the overall message of the film – Be a bad mom. Whether you are a hyper organised one, an intensely serious one, a relaxed one or a workaholic, you will reach a breaking point – and that’s fine! It’s time to give up the guilt, and appreciate your own work as a mum. The three mothers offer each other comfort and consolation – towards the resolution, we see a confident Kiki, a changed Carla, and a relaxed Amy – they all developed a newfound respect for their kids and, through this journey, themselves.