“Can I have a cracker?!” hollers Bigs.
“CRAH-CUH!!!” recants Littles.
*I draw a long sip of coffee from my mug*
It felt obvious to us, that anyone on the outside could see we needed this “Mom Date”. Neither my 36 week pregnant friend nor I were sure what to expect, but we were ready to sit down and share a special night with Amy (Mila Kunis), Kiki (Kristen Bell), Carla (Kathryn Hahn), Vickie (Annie Mumolo), Stacy (Jada Pinkett Smith) & Gwendolyn (Christina Applegate). These women were to become our temporary altar egos for the evening.
Bad Moms better deliver, because I’m sure no other mother wanted to take a break from their day-to-day life, fork over their bra-bash-cash-stash to a “perky” baby sitter, all to end up leaving the theater as disappointed as a trying husband at bedtime.
“The kids are finally asleep *wink*”
“Yep *exhausted yawn*. G’night.”
There had to be shared skepticism that Hollywood would be able to showcase the average day of
a mom, but in “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”, they did a wonderful job of sharing the highs and lows of bringing a child into our lives. It was insightful, truthful and raw. We cried and laughed with each mother (and father) to be, because we were all once wide-eyed and dumbstruck by the overwhelming change that happens to us as we become parents.
That’s only the beginning.
We waited to find out the gender of our first child, until that babe joined us in this world. I can’t begin to share with you the savory scenes you’ll enjoy, but I will tell you that you need to see, Bad Moms in it’s entirety, and that the previews shared some great scenes but didn’t let go of the best.
Upon writing my first draft, there were more random statements than a true review. It’s not until someone else shares with us what they experience every day, that we really bare all and squeal in agreement. The stigma that many parents are supposed to become martyrs sets in before we realize, and a lot of people “suffer in silence.” Yes, suffer.
There was a wonderful blend between what had been written and how well the actresses and actors delivered this picture. To someone who hasn’t gone through the parental evolution (this evolution applies to all status’ of parenthood), this movie will be hilarious. Upgrading to Parent 1.0 or higher will have you feeling like you’re in Church on Sunday, hands raised above your head in testimony, “Yes! Mmmhm! Yes-uh!” Your mind and mouth, despite Alamos stickler “No Talking” rules, won’t listen, and the rebellion was as sweet as the relations we shared.
It’s difficult to make new friends, and it feels almost impossible as a mom. Seeing women unite against the struggles of motherhood was so refreshing. Motherhood stretches, more often than not, into being mother-like for the brood you surround yourself with. This includes completing odd tasks and fulfilling bizarre requests, which would break anyone. The time for change has come, and we need to burn our ugly mom bras together. We are done ironing your boxers and providing treat-less baked goods!
This film amplified that we all need to be gentle with ourselves and our fellow mothers. Whether she’s the career-building executive, the confectionary genius, a “SAHM”, or president of the PTA. If her forte is in music, math, English or kissing boo-boos, she’s still “Mom” (and “he” can be too!).
These strong actresses handle a taxing career and have time for their own little spit wielders, and I applaud them for it. What the film offered, is a reminder that they’re moms too. It was a brilliant necessity to the success of this film because they draw from their natural life so well. You could say, that in some ways, the movie provided them with their own confessional. We all want to go without a bra for once, get it all off our chest. This gave us that.
The true definition of a “Bad Mom” is one that you create. Be kind, and unwind.
I give Bad Moms 4 out of 5 Nerdskulls.
P.S. “Why have I neglected to adorn these gals for three years?” I asked myself. I was inspired and needed to rid myself of my own hideous mom bras, and may have scored a Victoria’s Secret Weekender bag. These Bra-mergencies happen, it was worth putting off the article a bit. After all, “You can’t pour from an empty cup.”
Jada Pinkett Smith, Kristen Bell, Annie Mumolo, Christina Applegate, Suzanne Todd, Mila Kunis and Kathryn Hahn are seen at STX Entertainment 2016 CinemaCon Presentation on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for STX Ent./AP Images)
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