Bad Moms

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Over-the-top comedy is funny but raunchy, predictable.
  • R
  • 2016
  • 101 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 18 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 26 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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

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.

Sex

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.

Language

Frequent use of everything from "f--k" and "motherf--ker" to "s--t," "d--k," "c--k," "p---y," "damn," and more.

Consumerism

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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLaura G. August 7, 2016

Not for Anyone!

Would give it 0 stars if that were an option! My teen daughters talked me into a spontaneous movie night, and I made mistake of not reviewing first. I spent muc... Continue reading
Adult Written byStevie111 July 30, 2016

Light and fun movie with quite a bit of raunchy humor

Bad Moms is a very funny movie. It is best suited for older audiences, but it is light and fun. There is a lot of sexual humor including a scene with full front... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byJaninedudley345 July 28, 2016

Let's be realistic

Let's be realistic, teenagers age 14 are watching rated R movies all the time. I have been since I was about 12. This movie will not introduce ANYTHING new... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byNZkool19 August 23, 2016

Approprite

This movie is probably one of the worst rated movies of u ask me it should pg 13 yes there is a lot of languge but the sex is not that much there is snaked woma... Continue reading

What's the story?

In BAD MOMS, Amy (Mila Kunis) is a coffee company exec who's trying to juggle an intense part-time job (that's really more full-time), a strained marriage, two kids, household responsibilities, and everything else -- all under the watchful gaze of the critical PTA moms at her children's school. When Amy discovers that her husband has been having online sex with a woman across the country, Amy kicks him out and is left juggling even more. Soon, she decides she's had enough and can no longer live up to society's expectations of perfect motherhood. With two new friends -- Carla (Kathryn Hahn) and Kiki (Kristen Bell), both mothers at the school who feel her pain, too -- at her side, Amy decides it's time to embrace "bad" motherhood. But at what cost?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the role that drinking/partying plays in Bad Moms. Is it glamorized? Are there real-life consequences? Why is that important?

  • How does the movie depict motherhood's many challenges, and the weight that it places on women's shoulders? Does it dispel myths about motherhood or reinforce them? Teens: Does seeing this make you feel any differently about your own mom/parents?

  • What of the fathers? How are they portrayed? Are they multi-dimensional or one-note? What does that say to viewers?

  • Divorce is a big theme in the movie: How does it handle the subject and its impact on children? Do you think there were other options available to the divorcing characters?

  • One character is extremely rich but also very unhappy. What role does money play in our lives? Do you have to have it to be successful? Happy?

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