Director: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Cast: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christina Applegate
With the added pressure to be perfect all of the time, moms have a difficult time. They are condemned for not working or for working too much and for being too negligent or to present with their children. There is no way to always make the right choices, as evidenced in this easily likeable comedy.
Amy (Kunis) works really hard to make ends meet and ensure that her children have a healthy, productive life. She drives them to every practice and music lesson, makes them a nutritious lunch, and still manages to work extra hours as a manager of a hip coffee retailer. Things would be so much easier if her lazy, immature husband were to be a bit more involved. Unfortunately, that is not the case. In fact, Amy catches him having an affair with a much younger woman online. The extra bit of sugar that makes the cookie crumble is the overbearing PTA mom at her kids’ school, Gwendolyn (Applegate), who runs the school as a judgmental, eye-rolling dictator. You better make sure there isn’t any gluten, nuts, or wheat in the cookies for the bake sale! Fed up with all of the stress of being a good parent, Amy recruits fellow exhausted moms Kiki (Bell) and Carla (Hahn) in a vow to be “bad moms” – void of responsibility and indifferent to the consequences. At first, this breather is wonderful. Amy is able to have breakfast by herself and read the newspaper for the first time in 20 years. She even has the ambition to run against Gwendolyn as the PTA president. However, the novelty wears off when she realizes that she doesn’t do it all because she has to, it’s because she genuinely cares for her children.
Perfection is an unobtainable goal. Every character is relatable and human, making for an honest and authentic comedy that doesn’t go for cheap laughs. Furthermore, it doesn’t judge any of these hardworking mothers. It is a film that appeals to women and takes their roles as professionals and mothers seriously. In this contemporary world, it gives credit where it is unquestionably due.