If you can’t do everything for your family, be a dick and do NOTHING. There is no middle ground. Well, it felt like that was the message that Bad Moms was sending out. So here is my review of the movie and the scoring system that I started from my previous review, of Lights Out.
Plot and Script (P&S)
Mila Kunis is a super busy, underpaid, working mom with 2 kids and a good for nothing husband. She is trying her best to keep to schedules and wants of the really demanding head of PTA Christina Applegate. But she has had enough and she snaps one day. She is joined by Kathyryn Hahn and Kristen Bell who are equally tired of doing everything on their own. They decide that it is high time to do nothing and indulge – in parties, alcohol and sex. What ensues is what Bad Moms is about.
While I understand what the story is trying to portray, I don’t get the direction they took. I mean indulgence could be a vacation or a few parties but who goes out to a grocery store and runs about like a crazy person? What does it take to be a good mom? Does a term like that even exist? Does a bad mom only look to herself? Well, such questions have been answered but in the most shallow way possible.
Characterization and Acting (C&A)
Mila Kunis is ok as the main lead, she does portray the frustration of being overworked well. But it still feels like she is in a role, doing a film – it doesn’t look real. Like the almost real mom Susan Sarandon from Stepmom. Mila Kunis’s husband is a complete throwaway character – just to show that he is useless and an idiot.
Kathyryn Hahn portrays a single mom whose only job is to talk about men and say some really sad jokes – I didn’t get her character at all. It looked like she was having a good time anyway – she didn’t have to be a bad mom to do that. Kristen Bell is good as this timid wife who obeys her husband and brings out her wild personality once turning to the bad mom side. The best part of the movie was Christina Applegate who looked like a real bully and task-master – she was the only one who looked like she was playing a real person.
Sounds and Effects (S&E)
The songs in the movie were actually a little annoying and I didn’t really care about the rest of the effects.
Cinematography and Visuals (C&V)
Nothing great again.
Direction and Overall (D & O)
The script is so overused in Hollywood that I thought maybe this was different. It wasn’t. It was as shallow as ever and the direction was just okay. Again, if the plot is zero, then there is nothing much the crew can do. The marketing was well done for the movie – the build up looked like it was a completely new take on moms. But if people think that being a good mom is all about doing everything on your own and not teaching your kids/spouse to share responsibility then they have got it all wrong, haven’t they?
So here are my scores:
Plot and Script (P&S)- 0.5
Characterization and Acting (C&A) – 0.5 (Only for Christina Applegate)
Sounds and Effects (S&E) – 0.5
Cinematography and Visuals (C&V) – 0.5
Direction and Overall (D &O) – 0.5
Overall score – 2.5 on 10
If you want to leave your brains aside and just go watch a mindless movie, then give it a shot. Don’t tell me I didn’t warn you though!