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Bad Moms (2016)

R | | Comedy | 29 July 2016 (USA)
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When three overworked and under-appreciated moms are pushed beyond their limits, they ditch their conventional responsibilities for a jolt of long overdue freedom, fun and comedic self-indulgence.

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Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mila Kunis ... Amy
Kathryn Hahn ... Carla
Kristen Bell ... Kiki
Christina Applegate ... Gwendolyn
Jada Pinkett Smith ... Stacy
Annie Mumolo ... Vicky
Oona Laurence ... Jane
Emjay Anthony ... Dylan
David Walton ... Mike
Clark Duke ... Dale Kipler
Jay Hernandez ... Jessie Harkness
Wendell Pierce ... Principal Burr
Leah McKendrick ... Sharon
Megan Ferguson ... Tessa
Lyle Brocato ... Kent
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Amy has a seemingly perfect life - a great marriage, over-achieving kids, a beautiful home and a career. However, she's overworked, over-committed and exhausted to the point that she's about to snap. Fed up, she joins forces with two other over-stressed moms on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities - going on a wild, un-mom-like binge of long overdue freedom, fun and self-indulgence - putting them on a collision course with PTA Queen Bee Gwendolyn and her clique of devoted perfect moms. Written by STX Entertainment.com

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Party Like a Mother See more »

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual material, full frontal nudity, language throughout, and drug and alcohol content | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Kristen Bell's husband Dax Shepard and Mila Kunis' husband Ashton Kutcher appeared together on the MTV reality show Punk'd (2003). See more »

Goofs

In the family therapist's office, the Galileo thermometer behind the therapist keeps showing different temperatures between cuts. One of the colored globes keeps changing positions. See more »

Quotes

Stacy: You know what, I think I'd let him put it in my butt. I'm not really into the butt thing but I would let him go to town back there.
Vicky: I'm with you.
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Crazy Credits

In the beginning of the closing credits, the six lead actresses and their mothers discuss whether they or their mothers are/were bad moms. See more »

Connections

References Cruising (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet Jane
Written and Performed by Garrett Kato
Courtesy of GK Music
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a lighthearted slapstick comedy on the shaming of stressed-out moms
17 August 2016 | by CineMuseFilmsSee all my reviews

The shaming of women is a global phenomenon that unfortunately is part of everyday life. Filmmakers, media and marketing industries prey on women's anxieties about their bodies, and motherhood is another favourite target. While the documentary Embrace (2016) calls out body shaming, the comedy Bad Moms (2016) calls out the impossible standards to which modern mothers are expected to conform. Laughter carries this message more effectively than polemic but make no mistake: while this film is funny it also has serious things to say.

The plot line is all too familiar. Over-worked mom Amy (Mila Kunis) is always running between the needs of her spoilt two children, a lazy husband, a part-time job, homework, school rules, and endless extra-curricular activities. The kids are overscheduled, over-controlled and over-indulged, and like too many parents everywhere, the homework is for Amy. When she ditches the husband for having a cyber-sex affair her already chaotic world nears breaking point. That's when the pushy cabal of PTA perfect moms and yummy mummies insist on ever-more elaborate cake-bakes. When she publicly quits the PTA, the snobby dominatrix president Gwendolyn (Christina Applegate) launches a vendetta against Amy and her kids. She retaliates by campaigning for president and the internecine warfare between mom camps escalate in hilarious ways. Deserted by the school, her nearest friends become her emotional anchors and all give themselves permission to party and carry on. While the story is predictable and at times corny, the underlying issues are totally real. The slapstick comedy softens the pointed message about just how powerless mothers are against the onslaught of unrealistic expectations. The bigger irony is that so many movies perpetuate the myth of the perfect mom without even questioning the existence of the perfect dad.

This film is obviously targeted directly at stressed-out moms but dads should watch too. If nothing else, it exposes the gender inequality that persists in parenting and the bigger injustice of 'perfect moms' shaming other moms for not meeting politically correct standards. When Amy gives her election speech and confesses all the ways she is a bad mom she starts a sisterhood chorus of bad moms all needing to offload their guilt about the things they have not done for their children. While it's always possible to find aspects of a film that could have been made better, this film deserves praise for going in to bat for the most honourable profession on the planet.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 July 2016 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,817,340, 31 July 2016

Gross USA:

$113,257,297

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$183,936,074
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Dolby Digital

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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