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Bad Moms (2016)

R | | Comedy | 29 July 2016 (USA)
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When three overworked and under-appreciated moms are pushed beyond their limits, they ditch their conventional responsibilities for a jolt of long overdue freedom, fun and comedic self-indulgence.

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Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mila Kunis ... Amy
Kathryn Hahn ... Carla
Kristen Bell ... Kiki
Christina Applegate ... Gwendolyn
Jada Pinkett Smith ... Stacy
Annie Mumolo ... Vicky
Oona Laurence ... Jane
Emjay Anthony ... Dylan
David Walton ... Mike
Clark Duke ... Dale Kipler
Jay Hernandez ... Jessie Harkness
Wendell Pierce ... Principal Burr
Leah McKendrick ... Sharon
Megan Ferguson ... Tessa
Lyle Brocato ... Kent
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Storyline

Amy has a seemingly perfect life - a great marriage, over-achieving kids, a beautiful home and a career. However, she's overworked, over-committed and exhausted to the point that she's about to snap. Fed up, she joins forces with two other over-stressed moms 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 and her clique of devoted perfect moms. Written by STX Entertainment.com

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Party Like a Mother See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual material, full frontal nudity, language throughout, and drug and alcohol content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 July 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bad Moms See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,817,340, 31 July 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$113,257,297

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$183,936,074
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

When talking with the stars' real-life mothers during the closing credits, Christina Applegate mentions that her mother took her to see the Al Pacino movie Cruising (1980) when she was 9 years old. Cruising also featured Ed O'Neill who played Applegate's father, Al Bundy, on Married with Children (1986). See more »

Goofs

When Amy's kids are leaving with her husband to the hotel, the front door is seen behind her open, in the next shot when she walks in to her house we see her (from inside) opening the door to come inside. See more »

Quotes

Amy: [after catching Mike with his pants down in front of the PC] Oh, my God, are you...?
Mike: No, no, no, I was just checking my prostate.
Amy: You know, I've always wondered what kind of porn you like.
Mike: Why won't this fucking window close?
Amy: [Sees Sharon naked on the screen] Oh, my God, that's a giant bush!
Sharon: Uh, who the hell are you?
Amy: I'm his wife.
Sharon: Oh, shit.
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Crazy Credits

In the beginning of the closing credits, the six lead actresses and their mothers discuss whether they or their mothers are/were bad moms. See more »

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References Date Night (2010) See more »

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I Want to Know What Love Is
Written by Mick Jones (as Michael L. Jones)
Performed by Foreigner
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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a lighthearted slapstick comedy on the shaming of stressed-out moms
17 August 2016 | by CineMuseFilmsSee all my reviews

The shaming of women is a global phenomenon that unfortunately is part of everyday life. Filmmakers, media and marketing industries prey on women's anxieties about their bodies, and motherhood is another favourite target. While the documentary Embrace (2016) calls out body shaming, the comedy Bad Moms (2016) calls out the impossible standards to which modern mothers are expected to conform. Laughter carries this message more effectively than polemic but make no mistake: while this film is funny it also has serious things to say.

The plot line is all too familiar. Over-worked mom Amy (Mila Kunis) is always running between the needs of her spoilt two children, a lazy husband, a part-time job, homework, school rules, and endless extra-curricular activities. The kids are overscheduled, over-controlled and over-indulged, and like too many parents everywhere, the homework is for Amy. When she ditches the husband for having a cyber-sex affair her already chaotic world nears breaking point. That's when the pushy cabal of PTA perfect moms and yummy mummies insist on ever-more elaborate cake-bakes. When she publicly quits the PTA, the snobby dominatrix president Gwendolyn (Christina Applegate) launches a vendetta against Amy and her kids. She retaliates by campaigning for president and the internecine warfare between mom camps escalate in hilarious ways. Deserted by the school, her nearest friends become her emotional anchors and all give themselves permission to party and carry on. While the story is predictable and at times corny, the underlying issues are totally real. The slapstick comedy softens the pointed message about just how powerless mothers are against the onslaught of unrealistic expectations. The bigger irony is that so many movies perpetuate the myth of the perfect mom without even questioning the existence of the perfect dad.

This film is obviously targeted directly at stressed-out moms but dads should watch too. If nothing else, it exposes the gender inequality that persists in parenting and the bigger injustice of 'perfect moms' shaming other moms for not meeting politically correct standards. When Amy gives her election speech and confesses all the ways she is a bad mom she starts a sisterhood chorus of bad moms all needing to offload their guilt about the things they have not done for their children. While it's always possible to find aspects of a film that could have been made better, this film deserves praise for going in to bat for the most honourable profession on the planet.


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