Juggling raunchy comedy with a realistic and relatable look at the challenges of motherhood, Bad Moms was genuinely funny and a box office success to boot. But in this festive-themed sequel, the jokes are pushed a bit too far.
Bad Moms 2 (aka A Bad Moms Christmas) follows our favourite mums from the first film – Amy (Kunis), Kiki (Bell), and Carla (Hahn) – as they prepare for the holiday season. As all mums know, Christmas is one of the most stressful times of the year. There’s cooking, cleaning, and shopping to be done, and definitely not enough time to do it all. The only way things could get any worse is if the parents were to come and stay – and that’s exactly what happens.
Meet the Bad Moms’ moms – Amy’s mum Ruth (Christine Baranski), Kiki’s mum Sandy (Cheryl Hines), and Carla’s mum Isis (Susan Sarandon). Ruth is controlling and barely allows Amy to live her life as a young girl; Isis (as you could probably tell) lives a wild life and barely sees her family; and Sandy is – literally and figuratively – as close to Kiki as she can get.
The younger mums decide to deal with their problems the best way they know how – the abuse of alcohol (it is the silly season, after all) – but then Carla meets someone who could change her life for the better…
Bad Moms 2 ultimately engenders the disappointment that often comes with sequels to comedy hits – it’s not as good, nor as funny. Where the original’s jokes were free-flowing and natural, a majority of the the laughs here are forced.
That’s not to say it won’t provide a fun girls’ night out with a bottle of bubbly. The winning chemistry between the three girls is back, and the addition of the older generation (Sarandon and Baranski are always good value) pitches it to a wider audience, even if naming a character Isis is perhaps a jump too far. Needless to say, your mum – or mom – will love it.
In cinemas: November 2, 2017
Starring: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn
Directed by: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Read our interview with Bad Moms Mila Kunis and Kristen Bell.