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½ February 7, 2019
What happened? I LOVED the original Bad Moms. This one fell flat though, as sequels often - but not always - do. Because the friendships among the women have been formed already and the relationship between Mila Kunis and Jay Hernandez is solid, the filmmakers needed to find new tension to infuse into the story. Enter the crazy moms of our three "bad moms." Fine actresses, including Susan Sarandon! But the writing just falls short. The jokes aren't as good and the heart of the movie isn't as strong as the original.
December 29, 2018
Horrible.,Trashy, obnoxious, offensive, garbage
December 25, 2018
pretty funny, a lot like the original. Characters are entertaining.
December 24, 2018
Lukewarm story and humor, but a bit of fun nonetheless. By far, the most entertaining performances are by the older women, with Christine Baranski (snobby mom) stealing the show. Their experience is obvious and appreciated. Of the younger moms, Kathryn Hahn (waxer) delivers the most comedic and interesting character. Mildly funny in spots, but you can certainly tell this movie was WRITTEN BY MEN, as their presumptive ideas of women and moms is somewhat mythical and misleading, while being warped and forced into the story where needed. While the shock value of educated women characters habitually using the F-WORD no longer exists (sadly), the attempt to push its use with child characters further damages the dialogue and does *not* generate hilarity...neither does the repetitive usage of ludicrous theft that demands too much suspension of disbelief for this story. As the movie also reflects, the writers seem obsessed with the phallic phase of their psychosexual development. What's produced next? Seth Rogen's script for a LifeTime movie for female stoners over 30? Nevertheless, 'A Bad Moms Christmas' is good for light, raunchy movie entertainment if you don't take it too seriously or expect too much...and this one is *not* for the kiddos.
Super Reviewer
December 24, 2018
Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn wreck shop in the raunchy holiday comedy A Bad Moms Christmas. When Amy's mother comes to visit, her plans for a small intimate family Christmas are upended; meanwhile Amy's two best friends are having mom problems of their own. Kunis and Bell are comedy gold, but Hahn's bawdy shtick doesn't work. The tone is all over the place, literally changing from scene to scene. And the holiday problems that the moms face are over exaggerated and aren't as relatable as the one's in the first film. A Bad Moms Christmas has its moments, but overall it's a slapdash sequel that doesn't quite come together.
December 20, 2018
A Bad Moms Christmas has fun scenes and the actresses are talented enough to make this movie not completely unwatchable. But this Christmas-centric sequel suffers from being unnecessary and full of excessive Zack Snyder-esque slo-mo. And this is coming from someone who doesn't see that directorial trait as overkill. Also, good thing most of the character development from the last film is thrown away so that we can have more cheap laughs. Being simply raunchy does not comedy gold make, STX.
Super Reviewer
½ December 16, 2018
I honestly don't understand the need for everything, nowadays at least, to become a franchise. Or for a successful movie to get a sequel, even if it might not warrant it. There's movies like Big Momma's House or Deuce Bigalow where, if you've seen it once, you don't really need to see it again as it would be repeating the same joke you already saw and it's, never, gonna be as funny the second time around. And, yet, both Big Momma's House and Deuce Bigalow received sequels. Two sequels, actually, in the case of Big Momma's House. Though, admittedly speaking, Big Momma's House and Deuce Bigalow were more gimmick-driven movies. It was about the gimmick and not necessarily about anything IN the movie. I don't think that's the case with Bad Moms, since there's no real one-and-done gimmick here. It's just that, honest, as successful as the original may have been, I don't think it needed a sequel. Then again, I am not a studio executive only focused on making money. Having said that, I mentioned the other day that the type of Christmas movies that I tend to gravitate to are those that aren't really your typical Christmas movies, be they raunchy comedies or horror. Not saying that these are always good, since Bad Santa 2 was fucking terrible. But those are the ones I gravitate to because they shy away from the saccharine and treacle that is associated with this genre. In many ways, this movie reminds me a lot of Daddy's Home 2, both of which came out around the same time. This movie came out nine days before Daddy's Home 2 and, quite surprisingly, both movies ended up being quite successful despite fulfilling the same basic niche Though, at the very least, this movie kept the tone of the original with its raunchiness, Daddy's Home 2 was a more 'family' friendly affair. Regardless, like Daddy's Home 2, this movie's remedy for being a sequel and keeping things "fresh" is introducing more mothers into the mix. Amy, Kiki and Carla's mothers are all introduced and the movie explores our lead characters' relationships with their mothers. Amy's mother, Ruth, is too controlling and dominating, wanting to do Christmas her way instead of respecting Amy's wishes, Kiki's mother, Sandy, is literally obsessed with her, needs to be near her all the time and imposes herself of Kiki's life, even at the most inopportune of moments (like when Kiki's about to have sex with her husband) and Carla's mother, Isis, is a bit of a deadbeat, only appearing in her daughter's life when she needs something. That's essentially what the movie is about. Oh and Kiki, Amy and Carla taking Christmas back and doing it their way, instead of doing everything they can to please their mothers, etc, etc, etc. That's all there is to the movie, really. And, you know what, it's not exactly bad. It's not good either. It's only slightly better than Daddy's Home 2. There's honestly really not that much to this. Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines and Susan Sarandon are all great additions to the sequel and they all play their roles perfectly, particularly Ms. Baranski, who excels at these sort of snobby and dominating roles. That's why it's such a shame that the script doesn't give any of these women, all six of them, that much to do. They attempt to explore the relationship between these three and their mothers, but they only do it on the surface level. They all deserve much better and the movie just doesn't do anything with all of these talented women. There's a lot of raunchiness, which was to be expected. Some of it works and some of it doesn't. Like Carla falling in love with Ty as she's waxing his balls, taint and asshole. This one works. Perhaps it doesn't work as well as you might think, but it works regardless. This movie also suffers from a problem the original had and that is, when Amy, Kiki and Carla are all together having dinner or whatever, one of them says something that is meant to be funny, the others laugh to reinforce that you actually witnessed a joke. If you have to tell me to laugh at a joke then that probably means that it wasn't that good to begin with. They do this a few times in the film and it goes down as well a drinking a gallon of acid. Did I say that there's not much to this movie? Because there really isn't. I had no problem watching this and I never wanted to pull my hair out, but it's also quite frustrating to see talented comedic actresses not being used to their full potential. I just think that, and this is something I have mentioned a few times, they relied way too much on the talents of the cast instead of using both, their talents on top of a strong script. But, really, writing a strong script requires actual effort. Hell, maybe the script is even worse than I'm giving it credit for and the movie gets the rating it does because of the cast. Who knows??? Still, this a decent enough movie all things considered. Its narrative is nothing, its jokes aren't memorable but the cast is good enough and that helps overcome a lot of its flaws. It's not the type of movie that I'd ever watch again, but you could do much, much worse than this for this holiday season. I know this review sucks, but there's really nothing else I can say about this movie. It's a little bland for a movie on the raunchy side, but I didn't mind watching this. It's just that I felt it should have been better.
½ December 15, 2018
This movie felt like an update to the first movie, but was decently followed up. The actors where good and although I did not have any expectations, because I am always trying to be objective it's was average performance, except for Mila Kunis which felt really genuine. The director's style and the cinematography was average for most part and there where a lot of overused slow motion scenes and a lot of exaggerated actor's expressions in these scenes and in emotional scenes as well. Despite all this the movie created a lot of funny and hilarious scenery so there is credit for the director. The humor was very solid, and had a lot of laugh out loud moment. The plot was simple but there where a couple of warmly welcomed twists that you can not see coming which made the movie overall better.
So in conclusion the movie is a good movie, and despite all it's fault the message of it is quite strong and touching as well.
December 14, 2018
Not a cinematic masterpiece, but a fun bit of fluff!
November 4, 2018
GO in with low expectations and it's an ok fun movie. Ramped up the raunch, but the truly subversive stuff they left behind. It's also more emotional this time around. Noentheless, it's a good watch for a brainless comedy with a bit of heart
October 28, 2018
It's just like any other comedy noways. Not funny, too sexual, and predictable.
½ October 27, 2018
12 minutes into the movie and had to turn it off. It's just trying way too hard and I haven't laughed once.
October 8, 2018
Este es el resultado Patético de un film que realmente no tenia que existir y es que este intento fallido de film cómico de época se siente tan repetitivo que no tiene nada de gracioso.
½ September 22, 2018
A bit disappointing compared with the original. Having such fond memories of the first film I did have high hopes for this film but unfortunately it felt more like a cash in than a new story that needed telling. I thought the addition of the "Moms" mums was an inevitable next step but unfortunately each mom is a hugely exaggerated caricature which took me out of it. Lacking the charm of the first but still hopeful a 3rd instalment could save the trilogy.
½ September 4, 2018
In the world of music, one tradition cuts across the vast expanse of genres, the Christmas album. From sentimental crooners to hard rockers musicians have put aside their specific category of musical expression to embrace the classical holiday forms. This has transferred over to other forms of entertainment, and for this consideration, movies. The specific example is 'A Bad Moms Christmas'. Primarily, it is a sequel to the 2016 raunchy comedy, 'Bab Moms'. This type of film belongs to a well-defined branch of humor that fully embraces the lowest and most vulgar comedy feasible. Juxtaposing such puerile antics with traditions held in such sentimental, even sacred brings the level of potential offensiveness to its nadir. There is something about movies of this nature that has become consistent. The movies are always given particularly low ratings among the critical community. The rational behind this are straightforward. They appeal to the lowest aspects of humanity, or at least the most juvenile elements of our personalities. From a technical perspective the films are geared towards an audience consisting of middle school boys sneaking into a movie on the weekend. This demographic is insufficient to warrant the attention and financial support of the major movie studios. The actual target audience for these films due encompass high school and college age guys but also includes adults that still host that inner child that continues to laugh at scatological humor. There's no shame to harboring this persistent reminder of recess swapping fart jokes with classmates. With the constant pressures of adult lives, especially with the socio-political environment so extremely volatile and divisive, it is often reassuring to return to those simpler times. 'A Bad Moms Christmas' takes those beloved family traditions twisting back on themselves with humorous results. As a critic rating a movie should be accomplished according to a set criterion. That measure, applied to movies like this, warrant the low assessment. However, this does not fully represent the degree of success the filmmaker achieved in achieving the goals set for the movie. 'A Bad Moms Christmas', was designed to be rude, crude and socially offensive. It is the epitome of anti-political correctness and many people relish the opportunity to laugh hardily.

In the original film, three mothers meet during a time each of them is stressed beyond reason because of their material responsibilities. Relying on tropes and archetypes so frequently employed they are essentially mandatory. Ostensibly, the primary point of view character is Amy Mitchell (Mila Kunis), a recently divorced mother of two children, Jane (Oona Laurence) and Dylan (Emjay Anthony). Her relationship with her ex-husband, Mike, is amiable with him sharing custody. Amy has become serious with her boyfriend, Jesse (Jay Hernandez), aided by the fact that the kids get along very well with him. With Christmas rapidly approaching Amy is looking forward to a holiday season devoid of drama. Thoughts of peaceful family time evaporates when Amy's mother, Ruth (Christine Baranski), texts her daughter announcing a holiday visit. Ruth is hypercritical, the sole arbiter of all decisions and protocols.

After the antics comprising the previous movie, Kiki (Kristen Bell) has been getting more help from her husband Kent (Lyle Brocato), but managing a household along with four children is extremely taxing. Her stress soars to upsetting heights when her mother, Sandy (Cheryl Hines), arrives three days earlier than planned. Sandy's need to express her love of her daughter erodes all personal boundaries. When Kiki and Kent are becoming intimate the notice Sandy is sitting in the corner of the bedroom. Her explanation is she always she always loved watching Kiki asleep. The final and most boisterous of the group, Carla (Kathryn Hahn) comes home from a grueling day working at a spa. Her function was waxing the clients, removing hair from the private region from an unending mas of hirsute women. Rather than the anticipated rest Carla is met by her mother, Isis (Susan Sarandon). Unlike her two best friends, Carla is happy to receive a visit from her mom. The have similar loud, pushy and often obnoxious personalities. Within seconds of saying hello the are in front of the house sharing a joint and joking with a vulgar vocabulary.

Ruth takes over Amy's household ignoring her daughter's plans of a quite holiday. Ruth has invited almost two hundred people over expecting a lavish gala. The trio of moms meet at the mall to trade stories of maternal invasions deciding the only course of action was to get drunk at the food court. After copious quantities beer the steal a garish aluminum tree from a store. Amy props it up in the living room to the horror of her mother. The next morning, she awakens to the clatter of a small army of some examples that workmen transforming her home into a holiday extravaganza. In the front yard a moving depiction of 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' including a flock of a dozen birds flying away. Ruth notes that the birds have no survival skills and will be dead in an hour. Displeased with their grey color she asks the workers to paint them white. Amy's father Hank (Peter Gallagher), are constantly throwing extravagant gifts at her children. Ehen the friends meet for some mutual commiseration they agree they must take Christmas back.

The circumstances that provide the motivation for the story is obviously predicable. Simplistic and contrived but on the level on providing genuinely entertaining flick that will let that juvenile side deep within out to play. Critics must deconstruct the cinematic elements of the movie but there are some that cannot be properly examined in this fashion. You do not sit down to watch a movie like this expecting to uncover hidden meanings or multiple levels of depth. You go to forget being a grownup and laugh until your sides splits and it is difficult to catch your breath. To that end this movie works and is a contender for being a seasonal cult classic. Knowing that the movie is going to be panned by the online ratings aggregate sites lends a distinct sense of freedom to the filmmaker, screenwriter and the cast. The movie boasts a remarkable cast of amazing performers each possessing a broad, eclectic range of talent an observation that applies to both generations of actresses.

The story does attempt to expand upon the emotional content of the story by focusing on various aspects of the mother-daughter relationship. With all the crass antics that fill every moment of the movie there is a foundation of realistic character development. Most of the audience can personally relate to either the relationships personally or by proxy through wives, daughters or sisters. While it admittedly seems that the infusion of emotional content is pure plot contrivance and the rampant ideal solutions to all the problems, conflicts and divisions is a contagious case of Deus ex Machina, this is common for the genre. This emotional barrage ranging from the near pathological dependency of Sandy towards Kiki or Carla's whirlwind romance with male stripper/fire fighter Ty Swindel (Justin Hartley), helps to balance the completely absurd story with relatable emotional content. Have some friends over, order a few pizza pies and a case of beer and have some fun. It doesn't even need to be Christmas time.
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August 14, 2018
One of the worst cash grab sequels I've ever seen. they try to save it with slo-mo refrains and f- bombs over and over. It doesn't work.
August 8, 2018
8.8.18 library dvd @ home w/Sh
July 27, 2018
I did not love "Bad Moms", but there were some things to like about it. The movie is well cast and there were some very clever jokes scattered through out the movie (The best being the scene at the bar where Mila Kunis' character keeps saying the wrong thing to every man she meets.). However the same cannot be said for this terrible sequel. All of the jokes fall flat. I did not laugh once. The characters of the mothers are so intensely dislikeable it's no mystery at all why their daughters initially wanted nothing to do with them! The performances in the film are all way below par which is especially surprising given the amount of talent among the cast. Also it could not have been more obvious that at the last possible minute all would be forgiven and the respective families would be whole again. We have seen that in more sitcoms than it is possible to count. "Bad" is the perfect way to describe this movie. I wonder why the Golden Raspberry Awards Foundation overlooked this piece of garbage.
July 12, 2018
Some funny parts, but not the best flick.
July 9, 2018
Not a fan of this one ,they should have followed the 1 movie rule and stopped with the first one ,very disappointing half the laughs of the first one
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