Director(s): Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Cast: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn
Release Date: November 1, 2016
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 7/10
Disc Rating: 7.5/10
In this outrageous comedy from the writers of The Hangover, Amy (Mila Kunis) has a seemingly perfect life – a great marriage, over-achieving kids, beautiful home and a career. However she’s over-worked, over-committed and exhausted to the point that she’s about to snap. Fed up, she joins forces with two other over-stressed moms (Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn) 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 (Christina Applegate) and her clique of devoted perfect moms (Jada Pinkett Smith and Annie Mumolo).
After uncovering her husband’s unfaithful ways, Amy (Kunis) quickly realizes that her marriage has been over for quite some time and promptly kicks her largely useless and cheating husband out. Realizing how much she has been neglecting herself following this monumental event, Amy soon decides she is done with the rest of it and forgoes all of the petty nonsense and trivial meetings within her community run by the controlling Gwendolyn (Applegate) and subsequently befriends two other fellow moms; a single carefree wild girl named Carla (Hahn) and the sweet, quiet and seemingly troubled Kiki (Bell), and before long the three are tearing through the town enjoying so much of what they had felt was lost forever. But when more issues within the community and the school continue to build and even affect her children, Amy decides to compete against Gwendolyn for her controlling role in the hope of ending her madness once and for all.
Written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (writers of ‘The Hangover’ & ‘The Change-Up’), the duo does a more than competent job at the helm of ‘Bad Moms’ guiding their own script along with ease and nary missing a beat when it comes to capturing the comedic fun. The film also owes a tremendous amount of credit to the talented and hilarious individuals who comprise the cast including Mila Kunis (TV’s That 70’s Show), Kathryn Hahn (TV’s Transparent), Kristen Bell (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Christina Applegate (Anchorman), Jada Pinkett Smith (TV’s Gotham), Annie Mumolo (Bridesmaids), Jay Hernandez (Hostel), David Walton (TV’s About A Boy) and a number more, nearly all of whom deliver wonderfully fitting performances in each of their respective roles, and also help to balance some of the mild issues that the film suffers.
‘Bad Moms’ is an enjoyable, often hilarious and surprisingly heartwarming comedy that may not be anything unique or groundbreaking within the genre but certainly manages to deliver a truly enjoyable film that tackles what are certain to be painfully familiar elements to a number of folks out there, and it does so with plenty of charm and enough laughs to keep things consistently fun and prevent the subject matter from ever becoming too depressing. Capably guided by directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore from their own script and complimented by a perfectly selected cast of funny and relatable individuals including Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn and Kristen Bell, along with a talented supporting cast who never fail to deliver and also help the viewer to partially disregard the predictable and occasionally somewhat sloppy storyline that the movie suffers from in a few areas. Anyone who enjoys a simple, often hilarious and fairly vulgar comedy as well as those likely to relate to the subject matter in one way or another will all want to give this one a whirl when you have the chance; it may not be comedic perfection, but it’s a thoroughly fun and amusing 100 minutes that is definitely worth checking out.
Overall, ‘Bad Moms’ is an entertaining and heartwarming comedy sporting plenty of laughs, along with both subject matter and characters that should be easily relatable to many. Featuring spot on and amusing performances by Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn who are competently guided by writers/directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. ‘Bad Moms’ doesn’t break any new ground or bring anything exceptional to the table, nor does it fail to enthrall its audience and provide one incredibly fun experience that I would recommending giving a whirl; it’s certainly worth the cost of a rental at the very least.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Bad Moms’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 2.40:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks fantastic as a whole and delivers a clean, colorful and detailed presentation from start to finish with no notable faults to be found within. It holds up beautifully even during the darkly lit and heavily populated sequences and never results in anything occurring on screen to become negatively affected, let alone rendered indiscernible. Overall, this is a gorgeous high definition video presentation that should easily please the fans of the film and casual viewers alike.
The Blu-ray release features a lossless 7.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This lossless multichannel soundtrack provides a clean, smooth and crisp audio presentation throughout. It may not provide a great deal of notable surround activity, although all seven available channels are regularly utilized in order to send the music, crowd chatter and other common ambience throughout the various speakers, and never causing any dialogue which might happen to be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible. Overall, this is a solid 7.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack that delivers in every way required of it and shouldn’t disappoint.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Bad Moms’ includes a few amusing extras. Included on the release is a ‘Gag Reel’ (running approximately 6 minutes in length), and a number of ‘Deleted Scenes’ (running approximately 17 minutes altogether) from the film which include numerous outtakes from many sequences. We are additionally treated to full editions for all of the ‘Cast and Mom Interviews’ (approximately 24 minutes in total) which are seen in part during the film’s end credits.