"Bad Moms Christmas" Movie Review
Bad Moms 2 aka A Bad Moms Christmas reunites Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn as the "bad moms" trio try to get through the holidays with their respective families. Things get even more complicated when each of the moms' moms show up unexpectedly for the holidays.
You know how in most adult comedies the first one tends to stay on the safe side and then the sequel tries to push the line as far as they can to see what happens? That's kind of what this film did, though thankfully it wasn't to a major extent. The film managed to stay funny and fit in a few moral points but the big problem is that it lost the heart that made the first one good.
The new moms, played by Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines, and Susan Sarandon, added a little humor and a little awkwardness to the mix. Christine was her usual self, straightforward and bitchy, for lack of a better word. Her character in this film actually reminded me of her character of Leonard's mom in The Big Bang Theory. She holds her true feelings in and forces her will on her family regardless of what they think. But in the end, the truth of why she is the way she is comes out and you suddenly feel bad for her. Cheryl's character was the awkward one of the group. I felt that the jokes they attempted to pull off with her were a bit much and made her character look borderline psychotic. Susan was slightly disappointing but only in character. It's how she was written so she did the best with what she had.
What really upset me though was the fact that they tried to force in as many genitalia jokes as possible in an hour and a half. It doesn't matter what kind of comedy it is, that always strikes me as uninventive and lazy. Why can't films break the mold and come up with new ways to be funny?
In conclusion, I ended up on the fence with the film and decided to give it a 2 out of 4 simply for the fact that there were equally things I liked and disliked. It's worth a watch but don't feel the need to rush to the theater to see it.
© 2017 Nathan Jasper