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A Bad Moms Christmas

A Bad Moms Christmas

Movie
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In Theatres: 
Nov 01, 2017
Grade:
B-
Running Time: 
104 minutes

It’s not necessary to first see Bad Moms in order to understand its sequel, A Bad Moms Christmas. Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn all return only it’s no longer their kids or husbands or rival moms that are the source of their frustration. It’s the holiday season, and this time it’s their own mothers who have arrived in town to cause mayhem for their unsuspecting daughters. Holiday-themed comedies are often good for a quick turnaround, sequels especially so, and A Bad Moms Christmas is surprisingly solid with great humor and a colorful cast of characters who all have their moment in the spotlight.

 

Christmas comes but once a year, but for moms Amy (Mila Kunis), Kiki (Kristen Bell) and Carla (Kathryn Hahn) it’s the whole holiday season that consumes their lives as they try and make everything absolutely perfect for their loved ones. This year is going to be different, however, as the three mothers attempt to “take back” Christmas and have a low-key holiday with more of a focus on themselves for once. That idea is quickly put on the backburner when their own mothers (Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines and Susan Sarandon) randomly show up to wreck havoc on their plans. So much for having an easy Christmas, right?

 

A Bad Moms Christmas is about as straightforward a comedy as you can get as there’s nothing particularly groundbreaking about the film. Instead it relies mostly on the performances of its cast, namely the additions of Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines, and Susan Sarandon, to deliver some great humor throughout. There’s a wonderful balance between Baranski’s uptight perfectionism, Hines’ psychotic neediness, and Sarandon’s carefree attitude. Throw in some great bit parts from Justin Hartley and Wanda Sykes along with a few other surprises and you’ll find yourself laughing more often than not.

 

We’re in a place where it feels like every movie is trying to have some sort of deeper message or theme, resulting in over complicated storylines and messy scripts. A Bad Moms Christmas is simple and to the point. It doesn’t take itself seriously or try to be something more than a raunchy comedy. While it won’t win any awards, it’s just the kind of film needed to make you laugh and lift your holiday spirits.

Matt Rodriguez
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