A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS
Running Time: 104 mins.
Premise: The Bad Moms trio (Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn) try to stay sane and keep merry when their overbearing mothers come to visit, just in time for Christmas.
Behind-the-Scenes: The first Bad Moms was a word-of-mouth hit in Summer 2016, earning over $113M, and inspired a wave of new moms who drink wine to call themselves “bad moms.” Both films were written and directed by men. Hmm.
The Good: Christine Baranski and Cheryl Hines play two of the visiting mothers, and instantly overcome their underwritten, stereotypical roles through sheer force of will and crack comic timing.
The Bad: Where to begin? It’s not funny. It thinks being “bad” consists solely of saying “fuck”, shoplifting, and giving Mall Santa a lap dance. It relies too heavily on pop song montages to mask the lack of wit or clever writing – there are at least 4 in the first 45 minutes, including several at a Sky Zone trampoline park where the families play dodgeball and jump around. It fails to capture the warmth and feel of the best holiday movies. It plays casual racism for laughs, mostly at the expense of Jay Hernandez’ boyfriend character.
Should You See It?: No. The Bad Moms movement is over. If you’re anything like me, Yule hate it.
Star Rating: *1/2 out of 5 stars.
Better Than: My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, Baywatch
Worse Than: Bad Moms, Girls Trip, Office Christmas Party
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