Here's a look at the new movie I saw this week.
Starring: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Christian Applegate, and Kathryn Hahn
Synopsis: What does it mean to be a mom? Does it mean you have to be perfect? Is that even possible? You don’t really expect a summer comedy, especially one that revels in its R-rated content, to grapple with these type of questions. But that’s what lies at the heart of “Bad Moms.” The film is about a group of women who are doing their best to meet the needs of their children, husbands, work and all their other obligations. They’re tired of trying to hold everything together and they just need a little break — then comedy ensues. Released at the tail end of the summer season, “Bad Moms” is another in the over-the-top-comedy genre that’s a staple of summer. And it’s a movie that succeeds by tapping into a little bit of truth about just how hard it can be to try and balance it all. There are a lot of funny people in this movie, and a lot of outrageous moments. But there’s one moment at the end that really tied the whole thing together for me. Over the closing credits, the primary actresses in the film are interviewed with their own mothers. Through it all they talk about wild times during their childhood and just how challenging it can be to be a good parent. That is what makes the movie stand out to me — its heart of this subject. In the end, this isn’t just a wild comedy, it’s a movie about trying to find a balance in life — something that’s often sorely lacking among Americans. Writer/directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (“The Hangover”) know how to tell a wild story and squeeze the most out of outrageous situations. “Bad Moms” does that well. But there’s also heart in this film, and some truth. To me, that’s what makes it more interesting and engaging. This isn’t a tender, feel-good story. It’s a funny movie that doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to raunchy comedy. But it’s also got an interesting story to tell, which keeps you hooked for 101 minutes.
Rating: R for sexual material, full frontal nudity, language throughout, and drug and alcohol content. Enter with caution.
Verdict: Three stars out of four.
Friday, August 5 — "Suicide Squad," "Nine Lives"
Friday, August 12 — "Pete's Dragon," "Sausage Party," "Florence Jenkins Foster"
Friday, August 19 — "Ben-Hur," "War Dogs," "Kubo and the Two Strings"
Friday, August 26 — "Mechanic: Resurrection," "Don't Breathe"