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Directors: Jon Lucas and Scott Moore
Cast: Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, Kristen Bell, Christina Applegate, Jada Pinkett Smith
Three stars (out of five)
Apparently there is a lot of it about in middle-class America.
Bad Moms (Rialto and Readings) follows the uneven story of Amy’s struggle for liberation from her impossible standards.
After one overcommitted day too many, Amy snaps and refuses to play nice at the PTA meeting.
She refuses to help run the cake stall and adjourns to the closest bar instead.
There she forms a bond with PTA outcasts Carla (Kathryn Hahn) and Kiki (Kristen Bell).
They are an unlikely trio but hey, anyone can be your best friend after enough whiskey straights.
For most people the hangover after the night of drunken rebellion would be enough to get us back into our normal groove but Amy wakes up with a new attitude.
She is going to have some "me time" and if that means her children are going to have to get their own breakfasts and do their own homework, well it is about time.
Amy, Carla and Kiki hanging out and doing their own thing should not be that much of a big deal but the head of the PTA Gwendolyn (Christina Applegate) is used to people going out of their way to please her, so it eats her up being low on the naughty moms’ priorities.
Bad Moms does have some moments when it lives up to the title but it mostly coasts along being moms who are a bit slack.