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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Amid the raunchy humor and iffy behavior is the message that while motherhood is a lightning rod for conflict, the truth is that moms of all stripes have a lot more in common than not. Sisterhood helps bridge differences. Being a mom isn't resented in and of itself, just being made to feel inferior for not doing it "right." Good people are shaped through love and worthy intentions, not how much money they have or how "perfect" their lives are.
Positive Role Models
Many characters behave in very irresponsible ways and/or make iffy decisions, but the main trio (especially Amy) are also presented as having their hearts in the right place -- despite jokes that reference everything from alcoholism to child neglect. Men are stereotyped/objectified; they're generally portrayed as useless, misogynistic, or downright moronic.
Violence & Scariness
Women argue and fight; one schemes to defame another's child. A mom doles out not-so-veiled threats to another. A couple yells at each other during therapy. A woman is so distracted while driving and speeding that she nearly crashes into a car; she also answers the phone, a lot, while driving.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A married man is caught with his hands down his pants while interacting online with a naked woman who's not his wife; the online woman's breasts and genital area are on full display. A couple is shown in bed with just a sheet over their torsos; legs and shoulders are bare. They discuss the sex position they'd like to try. A single woman openly flirts other women's husbands. Party guests make out with each other. Other lewd jokes/references, including to anal sex.
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Frequent use of everything from "f--k" and "motherf--ker" to "s--t," "d--k," "c--k," "p---y," "damn," and more.
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Products & Purchases
Lots of brands seen/mentioned, including Tupperware, Castrol, Arby's, Coca-Cola, Lipton, Tampax, Budweiser, and many more.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adult women drink to the point of getting wasted; they pour liquor all over themselves at one point, and one pees behind a car while (likely) drunk. A school principal discovers (and smokes) a few joints in a middle-schooler's locker; references to past drug use. Women do whippets at a big party. Jokes reference alcoholism.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bad Moms is a raucous, if uneven, "hard R" comedy about motherhood, PTAs, sisterhood, and everything in between. It's in-your-face raunchy: Expect lewd jokes, scenes showing couples in bed and discussing sex positions, a man caught with his hands down his pants, and one moment when a woman is shown fully naked. There's also plenty of swearing (including "f--k," "s--t," and more), over-the-top drinking/partying, and some drug use (marijuana joints). Characters argue/yell at each other, and a woman is so distracted while driving and speeding that she nearly crashes into a car. While none of the characters is intended to be an outright role model, men in particular are stereotyped/objectified. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This film is funny -- and fun, thanks to its three main stars -- but a perfect movie, it's not. Which isn't to say you shouldn't see it anyway, beause there's enough here to leave you in a good mood after the credits roll. First, there's Bad Moms' celebration of sisterhood -- in this case, the friendship between Amy, Kiki, and Carla. Though the latter two are rendered with far less nuance than Amy, their friendship resonates, in part because audiences will identify with their shared journey. Many moms will recognize the pressures that Amy faces in the film; as the heart and soul of the movie, Kunis infuses her with enough gravitas that she's completely relatable, even if the situations she finds herself in may be caricatured.
But the movie's potency -- and its humor -- are diluted by shortcuts the film takes: "Bad mommy" moments are lumped together, so what's merely mortal (having kids who haven't bathed in a while) is presented as on par with things that are more disturbing and perhaps downright upsetting, like alcoholism (yes, we know it was a joke, but still) and outright neglect. And the men? They're pretty much portrayed as useless, misogynistic, or downright moronic. The one father who stands out is lauded primarily for his looks and prowess in bed. (Objectification much?) Still, Bad Moms is fun to watch -- take the insights when they're offered, and try to ignore the stereotypes and spot-them-a-mile-away jokes.
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