Sunday, 21 April 2019

‘Bad mothers’ takes on a new meaning

THE thought of forgetting about all of our adult responsibilities and revisiting our younger, more carefree

THE thought of forgetting about all of our adult responsibilities and revisiting our younger, more carefree days appeals to all of us in one way or another.

The film industry, particularly Hollywood, has done very well out of this comedy sub-genre and watched the millions roll in.

Think the Hangover series, Old School, and Hot Tub Time Machine. Juvenile, yes, but enjoyable pieces of escapism nevertheless.

What’s more, following the success of Bad Santa (2003) and Bad Teacher (2011), it was perhaps only a matter of time before Bad Moms made it to our screens.

The film sees Mila Kunis and her fellow exhausted and overworked mothers deciding to put themselves first for once.

Kunis plays Amy who has a seemingly perfect life — a great marriage, over-achieving kids, beautiful home and a career.

However she’s over-worked, over-committed and exhausted to the point that she’s about to snap. Suitably fed up, she joins forces with two other over-stressed mums (Kathryn Hahn and Kristen Bell) on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities.

The trio go on a wild, un-mum-like binge of long overdue freedom, fun and self-indulgence — putting them on a collision course with Parent Teacher Association queen bee Gwendolyn and her clique of perfect, devoted mothers.

On the face of it you may think this film has limited appeal, being geared towards a particular demographic — but fear not, this one does have a wider resonance.

Let’s start with its production pedigree — it’s written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, the writers of The Hangover. If this same format follows this bodes well and, hopefully, the laughs will come thick and fast.

And then there’s its leading ladies. Mila Kunis and Christina Applegate have carved out extremely successful careers in comedy and are always enjoyable to watch. They are supported by other big names including Kristen Bell and Jada Pinkett Smith.

Let’s hope Lucas and Moore gives this the treatment it deserves, as the concept definitely has potential and the possible comedy scenarios are endless.

The film is now showing at Henley’s Regal Picturehouse.

Review: David White

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