Throughout the month of December, leading up to Christmas, I will be posting reviews of Christmas movies I’ve seen and liked over the years. These are not in any order.
When Suicide Squad came out last year I hesitated seeing it. Then, I noticed it was playing alongside Bad Moms at the local drive-in theater. So, if SS was a dud, I could at least stare at Mila Kunis for 90 minutes. Note: While I’ve always found Mila attractive, I was never really into her until she reached her 30s. She has aged very well, and I’m digging the hot soccer mom vibe she’s managed to acquire in these last few years. I have a similar thing going on with Julia Roberts, where I didn’t really see it for her until her later years when she popped up in Larry Crowne.
While Bad Moms wasn’t a good movie by traditional standards, I found it funny. I laughed the entire time. It was about three suburban moms who feel like they’ve lost their edge after becoming average American mini-van moms. As the title suggests, they decide to dip their toes back into the bag girl waters, and they momentarily just say “F it!” to the mom life.
Enter A Bad Moms Christmas. I was really surprised that this sequel didn’t follow the pattern laid out by the first movie. My original assumption of this movie was that it was going to be the same as the first, but this time with a Christmas theme. Fortunately, I was wrong. While we did get one montage of the moms being bad inside of a mall, the brunt of this movie focused on the moms’ jagged relationships with their own mothers.
Mila’s mom, played brilliantly by Christine Jane Baranski, who is used to playing the judgmental harpy, (See Big Bang Theory, and her appearance on Frasier) fit right in to this role. She plays the obsessive, controlling mother who is more worried about appearances than her own daughter’s happiness. Cherly Hines (Suburgatory, Curb Your Enthusiasm) who plays Kristen Bell’s mother, is the syrupy sweet mother who doesn’t know her boundaries, and has latched onto her daughter in every aspect of her life. Kathryn Hahn’s mother is played Susan Sarandon. Sarandon is the total opposite of the other moms. She is just an easy-going “good-time Charlie” type, who didn’t give her daughter a stable home of any kind, and just picks up and leaves whenever she pleases. While Mila and Kristen want less of their mother’s, Kathryn just wishes her mother would be in her life long enough to settle down and be responsible.
So, of course, shenanigans ensue, things happen, the bad moms are bad, and in the process, it looks like we could get ourselves a spin-off (Bad Grandmas?). Everyone seems to work out their issues by the end, and we all go home happy. After having processed the movie, I believe I like the original better, because I didn’t feel the bad moms in this movie were bad enough to warrant the titular label.
Just like the original, though, horrible movie, but loads of fun.
Samuel Colunga is a writer/podcaster from Texas by day, and superhero by night.