Review: A Bad Moms Christmas Relatable holiday humour

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By 2017-12-10

By Nirupa Mohan
Ceylon Today Features

The sequel to 2016's Bad Moms is out, and A Bad Moms Christmas, brings back the cast reprising their previous roles. Mila Kunis as Amy, Kristen Bell as Kiki and Kathryn Hahn as Carla take on the holiday season, from being a stressful period of competitive decorating and trying to live up to expectations, to just trying to take the time to have a fun family Christmas instead.

The moms have an adventure fuelled action comedy as they navigate through the dilemmas of their families and deal with the pressures of the season. The film's taglines – "Celebrate the holiday like a mother", "Behind every bad mom is a real mother" and "Let's take Christmas back" – literally say it all.

The 104 minute film by director Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, together with producer Suzanne Todd, by Huayi Brothers Pictures, was made with a budget of 28 million dollars. It earned just over 60 million at the worldwide box office. Though profitable, unlike with the previous film which received 58% on Rotten Tomatoes and 6.2/10 on IMDb, this sequel seems to have received only 28% on Rotten Tomatoes and 5.7/10 on IMDb, displaying a clear drop in viewer interest.

The film is fun and entertaining with a dose of holiday humour, as the three overburdened mothers try to create a happy Christmas for their families while hosting their own visiting mothers. The joyous festive season becomes about boldness, self-reliance and courage as they overcome their individual obstacles.

The film can be somewhat dramatic at times, but that's what manages to add the impulsive and spontaneous behaviour that is delivered with an over the top but natural feel. It's both playful and whiney but also relatable on how the season can be difficult for moms. Though the film can feel rushed at certain points, trying to aim for fast jokes covered in actual things that occur during the season, with the problems of keeping up with everything around moms and families. Christmas is a time for making memories, but it's a lot of work for moms, and this film just shows the honest facts with a fun and whimsical feel. It also includes fast paced drama, filled with comedy that's sure to give a few laughs to anyone who needs a break this holiday season.

The R-rated film with all it's stretched out humour and drama manages to entertain with creative twists that moms can surely understand and simply indulge in. it's not a film that's meant to make sense or is one that's made to seem sophisticated or serious, but is a light hearted film that's easy to watch.

The film's cast, though predictable if you've seem the previous film, managed to still deliver what's needed in the film. Even though there is no serious plot, the film humorously delivers the feel of the seasonal drama that happens in life, making it a must watch for moms this season.

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