The Bad Moms

R rated

Calling all millennial Moms! This is the movie especially for you. “Bad Moms” is real life in movie form. We have all known the women portrayed in this movie. I took my thirty something year old niece, Katie, with me to the film. She is the mother of two and one half boys. She completely related with the “Bad Moms” and said she could put a real name on every one of the characters.

Amy (Mila Kunis) has a seemingly perfect life – a great marriage, over-achieving kids, beautiful home and a career. However she’s over-worked, over-committed and totally exhausted and always late.

Fed up, she joins forces with two other over-stressed moms(Kathryn Hahn and Kristen Bell) 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 they become the “Bad Moms,” that puts them on a collision course with PTA Queen Bee Gwendolyn (Christina Applegate) and her clique of devoted perfect moms (Jada Pinkett Smith and Annie Mumolo).

The comedic acting is great from the entire cast. It is over the top but it is supposed to be over the top. A special treat for those who don’t rush out of the movie like their seats are on fire, the actresses and their real Moms talk about their relationships while the actresses were growing up. It’s only a couple of minutes but it puts a different spin on the flick.

One criticism I have is the way the writers characterize the men. The men don’t come off so well in this flick but since it was written by two men if that’s the way they see men in our society, so be it. I give fathers and husbands today a lot more credit. Unfortunately, that wouldn’t make a very funny movie.

“Bad Moms” was written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. Lucas and Moore worked together on “Hangover,” “Hangover II,” and “Hangover III.”

“The Bad Moms” is a chick flick that is going to be one of the biggest hits of the summer. A word of warning to those who are turned off by bad language; the film is liberally sprinkled with the “F-bomb” and there is full frontal nudity but if you can overlook that, this is a very funny movie. It will be more fun if you go with a bunch of your girlfriends.

“Bad Moms” opens Friday at AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12.