After its predecessor’s release in the summer of 2016, co-directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore have recently launched its sequel Bad Moms 2, which brings the overwhelmed and overburdened Moms back together Amy, Kiki and Carla (played by Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn) to endure another rebellious phase during the occasion of Christmas; where their very own intimidating mothers are coming to visit for the seasonal holiday (played by Christine Baranksi, Cheryl Hines and Susan Sarandon). Will this sequel exceed its expectations or will the comedic magic run dry?
Firstly, the story follows up Bad Moms (2016), where the theme of the PTA has been replaced with the festive season: Christmas; where the ‘Bad Grandmoms’ enter the film uninvited, adding more drama and tension to the Bad Moms and their efforts to produce a decent Christmas banquet throughout the film.
All three mothers of Amy, Kiki and Carla’s collectively exude immense dominance over their daughters, specifically Amy’s (Kunis) mom (Baranski) who plays a materialistic and privileged control freak. Nevertheless, she does an excellent job in executing both a controlling, patronizing but comedic mother at the same time, which makes the viewer feel sorry for Amy, but also feel amused at Baranski’s execution. She certainly steals the comedy spotlight from Hahn herself. Hines plays Kiki’s (bell) creepily clingy mother, while Sarandon, Hahn’s mother; plays something relative to a grifter and is known for going M.I.A unless in dire need of money. Unfortunately, the latter mother roles are not exceptionally written well and do not have as much presence and development as Baranksi’s character. However, the respected and talented actresses are able to put this to the side and perform to a decent level with their natural wit and charm.
The dynamic and chemistry between these mothers and daughters is unfortunately short-lived and is not as vibrant as it should have been due to the odd humour that did not quite fit the characters nor the vibes of the overall film. The idea of Bad Mom’s itself has plentiful potential, however; seeing as the directors also directed the infamous and dark humored, The Hangover, it seems that their crude, inappropriate and male humour was attempted to be integrated into a female dominated comedy film. Unfortunately, their use of profanity, drug use and crude sexual content can be off-putting to some viewers, as opposed to being well-received as it was in The Hangover.
Another fault to the film would be the minor plot details such as the following: alcohol being served in food courts, Sky Zone play areas allowing adults to play dodgeball, or the most head-scratching detail- impulsively and spontaneously buying a not-for-sale-house through cash as the method of payment all in one afternoon. All these fallacies prove to make the film generally incorrect in those aspects, which defeats the purpose of relating to the Mom characters if the details are anything but a fantasy.
Nevertheless, this film’s humour is certainly not for the faint-hearted and needs to be precautioned to parents and their kids especially given that it’s an R rated film. Fortunately, the cast are the saviours for bringing this film’s plot to life and gave it a voice that would have been hard for any actor to execute in.