Plot: Amy (Mila Kunis) seems to have the ideal lifestyle, as she has a good marriage, good children, and a good job, but beneath the surface, she is struggling to make it all work and new cracks seem to form all the time. Even on slower days, she feels pushed to the brink and since there’s always more errands or duties to complete, she never gets a chance to recharge her batteries. Just when the pressure feels insurmountable, she is taken to task by a mean mom at school and catches her husband in an internet affair, which sparks the need for a real change. She finds some new mom friends, both of whom also feel held to an unrealistic standard, so they decide to just give up and be bad moms instead. But this new approach causes some intense friction, so can Amy survive the wrath of the PTA supermoms?
Entertainment Value: An over the top, moms gone wild premise sounds like a lot of fun, but Bad Moms stumbles to make the most of the concept. The humor is mostly tame, with some profane outbursts and sexual innuendos, but nothing that pushes the boundaries much, if at all. The late night grocery escapade is about as off the rails as it gets, but the humor is sometimes effective, thanks to the cast involved. I feel like the main reason I was let down by Bad Moms is Mila Kunis, as she simply isn’t a capable lead here and is always overshadowed by her costars. Amy is just a generic, bland character, while Carla and Kiki are these colorful, interesting roles, so I wanted more of them and much, much less of Amy. I also think the movie could have gone for a little more gusto, as it was R rated and plays it very safe. If you’re concerned about offending your audience, scale it back to PG-13 and in truth, aside from the constant profanity, there’s not much here that warrants the R, in my opinion. But the movie is fun at times and has some memorable moments, mostly thanks to the colorful supporting cast. But I can’t help but feel they left a lot of potential on the table here.
A single instance of nakedness, but it is a memorable one and to me, is one of the funniest moments in the movie. An internet chat shows a woman fully nude and of course, much is made about her massive bush. The woman in the scene is Leah McKendrick, who isn’t given much to do here, but it is still cool to see her in such a big name movie. No blood. The movie has no real violence, so it stands to reason that there is no real bloodshed. So if you wanted an epic mom brawl or a Lifetime style takedown, no such luck here. The writing in Bad Moms leans on curse words a lot, but doesn’t do much with them, it just hopes you’ll be shocked by bad words. Kiki and Carla have some great lines, made all the better by the enthusiastic performances of Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn. But most of the lines are rather forgettable and I said, just hope repetitive curse words will be seen as edgy. If Kiki and Carla were the true leads, I can only imagine the craziness that would unfold, but as it stands, aside from some colorful exchanges, not much out of the ordinary happens here. This might be a moms gone wild flick, but no one really goes all that wild.
Overall Insanity: 2/10