Bad Moms is neither a good film or a bad one, the kind of film that you know you’re probably going to completely forget about by the following morning, but, at the same time, one you didn’t mind spending time with while it played onscreen. This is one of those cheap throw-away comedies that have whatever’s popular at the moment as its soundtrack, a tone that never stops alternating between raunchy “oh no they didn’t” humour and stupid seriousness whenever the main character wants to have a little mope about their relationship/family problems, and cinematography a little on the dish-water side of things. Know what I mean? Movies like Let’s Be Cops, Ride Along 2, How To Be Single, they all look, sound and feel exactly the same, and I feel more than comfortable adding Bad Moms to that list.
So why am I not going to give it a thrashing? Why 5/10 rather than anything less? The answer is simple, this movie is supposed to be a comedy and it made me laugh, which is all that matters at the end of the day. If I want to see top notch cinematography, I’ll watch a film that involved Emmanuel Lubezki or Roger Deakins, it’s hardly wise to see a film like this and expect masterclass filmmaking, all that really should concern you is whether or not it’s funny, and being a comedy, that’s all it has to get right to work and Bad Moms got it right about 50/50. There are a number of different ratings you can give a film like this, there’s the 7/10 for the “not good but still funny” that you would happily see again, there’s the 6/10 for guilty pleasures that you know are horrendous but still enjoy watching, then you have 5/10, I’m glad I watched it, it made me laugh, but I’m not so sure I’d ever want to see it again, just once is enough for this one, that and I’m also not so certain who to recommend it to.
Story-wise, we have Mila Kunis as one of those mothers who have a hundred and one things to do in a single day, run the children to school, go to work, go shopping, take the kids to various other activities, it goes on and on. One particularly bad day sends her right around the twist and she decides to become a bad mom, a rule breaker, one with a give no shits attitude, and so the comedy begins. I never hated life itself like some other films have made me do because the comedy was putting a smile on my face, it’s just really unfortunate that the film strangely insists on getting serious from time to time, moments of drama erupt and slam the humour to an awkward halt.
It’s really difficult to describe, one minute it’s funny and the next minute it isn’t, I’m actually rather worried with the amount of films that keep doing this, they forget they’re comedies and try tugging at your heart strings in serious attempts to be more than they should be and it really only spoils everything and becomes a little embarrassing. The performances are all fine, the timing is on, no one doesn’t know what they’re doing when it comes to telling a joke and one scene in particular involving a marriage counsellor had me in stitches, but it’s all bogged down by the fact that this is really just another throw-away disposable comedy with not so great filmmaking or craftsmanship that every now and again tries to be more than it is, not pretentious, not more than it “should” be, just more than it is.
I’m completely split on this movie, there are things I liked, things I didn’t, is it good? Is it bad? I’d say it’s both and neither, perhaps I should see it again as this is an opinion that could change with repeat viewings but the thought of seeing it again sort of frightens me as I really don’t want to, maybe that’s clause enough to go lower than 5, perhaps I’m not being harsh enough, but then I just remember that marriage counsellor scene and think yeah, it did have some funny parts worth remembering. The best I can offer is if you don’t see it, you’re not missing much, if you do, it’s completely up to chance whether you’re going to like it or not.