STX Entertainment’s Bad Moms in in theaters today, July 29, 2016. We saw the movie earlier this month on a press junket in Burbank, California where we also were treated like rock stars for the screening and interviewed stars of the movie, Mila Kunis, Christina Applegate, Kathryn Hahn, & Annie Mumolo. You can see if they are really bad moms here. But for now, here is my quick review of Bad Moms.
My 3rd child is in elementary school. I don’t volunteer for the PTA. I don’t make homemade treats for the class (are we even allowed to???). And his birthday parties consist of paying someone else to put on something fun.
And when I feel that twinge of guilt when that Mrs. Perfect-PTA-Mom walks into the classroom with homemade gift bags for each student for the first day of school, I stuff those feelings down.
So before you start to fully judge me, when my 2 orders were in elementary school, I DID bring homemade snacks, put on full, elaborate parties for each birthday, and WAS the PTA President. I ran myself ragged trying to do everything to be that super-fantastic mom. And I never quite got there.
I look back now incredulously when we were voting at the PTA meeting to ensure we used the non-fattening popcorn oil for our popcorn sales. I shake my head at the moment I stayed up til 1 am baking my daughter a Barbie cake. I can’t believe the amount of planning & stress I put myself under to create the “perfect” Christmas card each year. And I’m sad that I let a nasty email about how I “ruined our school as the PTA President” affect me as much as it did.
It was all ridiculous. Too bad I didn’t see this movie 5 years ago.
From the writers of The Hangover franchise comes a hilarious poke at the crazy life I lived above. STX Entertainment brings us Bad Moms – and if you have ever been a mom like the one I described above, this movie is for you!
In this new comedy from the grateful husbands and devoted fathers who wrote The Hangover, Amy 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.
Fed up, she joins forces with two other over-stressed moms 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 – putting them on a collision course with PTA Queen Bee Gwendolyn and her clique of devoted perfect moms.
Bad Moms is a funny look at the moms who try to live the life that is depicted on Pinterest and blogs all across the internet. It’s a terrific movie to go and see with a group of girlfriends. In fact, I have a plan to do just that with some of my closest friends who went though the PTA fun with me. And I can’t wait to laugh along with them at the craziness.
And just to be clear, this movie is rated R. It’s for adults. Anyone could watch it and think it’s funny but parents are really going to appreciate what they poke fun at. If you are offended by a little raunchy, sophomoric humor, than this movie is not for you. Remember, this was written by the same pair who wrote The Hangover. Honestly, if you liked that movie, you will love this one.
Beyond this being a really funny comedy, there is a serious note to it. I saw myself in these ladies and just shook my head in amazement. We all try so hard to do so much for our families. And even worse, we compare ourselves to what we see online, in our kid’s schools, and even in our own neighborhood.
We just have to stop. Stop with the over-achieving. Stop with the comparisons. Stop with the jealousy.
Stop with trying to be the perfect mom.
Just live your life – enjoy your family and relax. It all sounds good in theory right? I’ve tried real hard this summer to slow down and enjoy. I’ve not worked as hard. I’ve played with my kids. And really enjoyed myself. In truth, we can’t always be this way, but you have to admit, it feels good when you do.
So it that means I’m a bad mom because I don’t volunteer on the PTA anymore, make wholesome meals each night, or bake cookies as after school snacks, then sign me up. I’m happy to be a Bad Mom.
Bad Moms is in Theaters July 29, 2016
Bad Moms celebrates “Bad Mother’s Day” on July 29 – the Mother’s Day you really want and deserve! Get tickets now: http://www.badmomstickets.com/