Posted Nov 02 2017
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A Bad Moms Christmas - With All The Christmas Spirit In The World, This Movie Doesn't Rock Like The First One

Dir: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore

Starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Susan Sarandon, Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines, Christina Applegate

So here we are again – back in the world of the by-no-means classic Christmas movie, opening far too far in advance of the holiday it’s supposed to be celebrating. (Almost like it happens every year. Often more than once – yes, Daddy’s Home 2 – we’re dreading your pre-seasonal arrival!)

Bad Moms wasn’t at all bad. It was a well played run at the female raunch comedy – and has since its release less than a year and a half ago, almost been aped to death – Rough Night take a bow (ideally one of shame.) But the original Bad Moms had an unexpected edge to it. It was not just “The Hangover for girls” but an effective almost subversive reaction to the tyranny of the PTA and all the perfect cupcakes and bake sales they bring with them. With a strong trio of leads who were individual from each other, yet knew how to compliment each other, it was a lot of fun.

This rapidly put together seasonal sequel feels like a cash grab – but with a good cast. The plot is as basic as they come – our three bad moms have their own three moms show up for the holidays. Things go…ahem, bad. No really, that’s all it’s got. Oh, of course there are more life lessons to be learned than you can shake a sprig of mistletoe at (and Kenny G), but they are ladled on so heavily you may well feel yourself drowning under their weight. Maybe if it was nearer Christmas – and not TWO FUCKING MONTHS AWAY – some spirit of goodwill would prevail. But it isn’t. And we’re not allowing for that.

All of which is a shame, because there is still a strong and genuine chemistry between Kunis, Bell and Hahn, and their older counterparts are by no means slouches, with Baranski getting the best deal on offer here and knowing it.

Christmas is supposed to be a time of forgiveness. But this is pushing things on that front. In other words, just another by-no-means classic Christmas movie, opening far too far in advance of the holiday it’s supposed to be celebrating.

(Seems to happen every year..?)

 

 

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