Bad Moms

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Bad Moms
Bad Moms poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by
Produced by
Written by
  • Jon Lucas
  • Scott Moore
Starring
Music by Christopher Lennertz
Cinematography Jim Denault
Edited by
Production
companies
Distributed by STXfilms
Release date
  • July 19, 2016 (2016-07-19) (New York City)
  • July 29, 2016 (2016-07-29) (United States)
Running time
101 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $22 million[2]
Box office $183.9 million[3]

Bad Moms is a 2016 American comedy film directed and written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. The film stars an ensemble cast that includes Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Jay Hernandez, Annie Mumolo, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Christina Applegate.

Principal photography began on January 11, 2016, in New Orleans. The film premiered on July 19, 2016, in New York City and was theatrically released on July 29, 2016, by STXfilms. It received mixed reviews from critics and grossed $183 million worldwide, becoming the first film from STX to gross $100 million domestically.

A sequel, titled A Bad Moms Christmas, was released on November 1, 2017.[4]

Plot[edit]

Amy Mitchell (Mila Kunis) is a married woman in the Chicago suburbs with two children, Jane (Oona Laurence) and Dylan (Emjay Anthony), who feels overworked and overcommitted. She works as a sales rep for a "hip" coffee company, prepares healthful, hand-packed lunches for her children, does most of their homework, goes to all of their extracurricular activities, and is active in her school's PTA, run by the domineering Gwendolyn James (Christina Applegate) and her cronies, Stacy (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Vicky (Annie Mumolo). When she catches her husband Mike (David Walton) cheating on her with a camgirl, Amy kicks him out and attempts to keep everything together.

After a particularly stressful day, Amy publicly quits the PTA in response to Gwendolyn's overzealous bake sale plans. At a nearby bar, Amy meets Carla (Kathryn Hahn), a laid-back, sexually active single mom, and Kiki (Kristen Bell), a stay-at-home mom of four who adores Amy's dissent from Gwendolyn. Amy and Carla are irritated to discover that Kiki's husband is domineering and expects her to take care of all the kids and the house with no assistance whatsoever, while Amy and Kiki are disturbed at Carla's very hands-off approach to parenting. The trio embark on an all-night bender that inspires Amy to loosen up with her kids: she takes them for rides in Mike's classic car, gets them lunch from Arby's, forces Dylan to fend for himself to prevent him from being lazy and entitled, and takes the overachieving and constantly stressed Jane for a spa day. Amy herself decides to start dating but finds herself inexperienced due to her early marriage and motherhood. She ultimately ends up striking a connection with Jessie (Jay Hernandez), a handsome widower at the school who's had a crush on her.

After Amy brings store-bought donut holes to the bake sale, she draws the ire of Gwendolyn, who uses her PTA authority to get Jane benched from the soccer team. Amy is angered, and decides to run for PTA president in opposition to Gwendolyn. A meet-and-greet at Amy's home draws only one visitor, who informs them that Gwendolyn has launched a rival party at her own house, catered by Martha Stewart. In spite of this, the other moms, and Martha, swiftly abandon Gwendolyn's party when it becomes clear that she intends to lecture them all evening, leading to a successful party at Amy's house.

Gwendolyn responds by putting drugs in Jane's locker, framing her, which gets her kicked out of all extracurricular activities. Jane and Dylan both go to stay with Mike (who has agreed to an amicable divorce) in response to what they see as Amy's failure as a mom. Amy loses her job because her boss refuses to understand her reasons for taking time off.

A despondent Amy stays home during the PTA election but is roused into action by Carla and Kiki, who finally stands up to her husband and orders him to deal with everything alone until the meeting is over. At the event, Amy gives an inspiring speech about how all the moms are overworked and that they need to take time off, do fewer and less stressful events, and most importantly, allow themselves to make mistakes. Amy wins by a landslide and eventually winds up comforting a devastated Gwendolyn, who reveals that her life is not perfect like she claims it is and that being in charge of the PTA was her only way to take her anger out on the problems she is facing.

Some weeks later, Amy's approach has led to positive changes: Jane has been reinstated to the soccer team and is stressing out less, Dylan is actually applying himself, Kiki makes her husband help out with taking care of their kids, Carla is more responsible and hands-on, and all of the other moms, including Stacy and Vicky, are feeling more energized. Amy herself has gotten her job back with much better compensation after her boss sees how much he had taken her for granted, and she continues to see Jessie. Gwendolyn invites Amy, Carla, and Kiki for a day of fun on her husband's private jet.

The ending credits play over the cast interviewing their real-life moms.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

On April 30, 2015, it was announced that Jon Lucas and Scott Moore were set to direct an untitled female-led comedy, based on their own original script.[5] Bill Block of Block Entertainment and Raj Brinder Singh of Merced Media Partners would produce the film, along with Judd Apatow and Josh Church through Apatow Productions, while Merced Media financing the film.[5] Leslie Mann was set to star in the lead role.[5] This was Bill Block's first film produced through Block Entertainment after leaving QED International.[5] Paramount Pictures acquired the film's distribution rights on May 8, 2015.[6] The film was sold to different international distributors at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.[7] On June 1, 2015, Mann and Apatow exited the film because of scheduling conflicts.[8] On October 26, 2015, it was reported that Paramount had left the project, with STX Entertainment coming on board to handle the American distribution.[9] Mila Kunis, Christina Applegate, and Kristen Bell joined the film, starring in its lead roles, while Suzanne Todd produced the film along with Block.[9] On January 11, 2016, Jada Pinkett Smith and Kathryn Hahn joined the film, with Smith playing Applegate's blunt best friend, and Hahn also playing a mother.[10] It was later revealed that Oona Laurence had also joined the cast.[11]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography on the film began on January 11, 2016 in New Orleans[10][12] and concluded on March 1, 2016.[13]

Release[edit]

In May 2015, Paramount set the film a release date for April 15, 2016,[6] but later, in July 2015, the studio moved the film out to a new unspecified release date.[14] STX Entertainment later bought the distribution rights to the film and scheduled for August 19, 2016, before eventually releasing it on July 29, 2016, swapping release dates with The Space Between Us.[15]

Home media[edit]

Bad Moms was released on DVD and Blu-ray on November 1, 2016 by Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

Bad Moms grossed $113.2 million in the United States and Canada and $70.7 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $183.9 million, against a budget of $20 million.[3]

Bad Moms was released in the United States and Canada on July 29, 2016, alongside Jason Bourne and Nerve, and was projected to gross around $25 million in its opening weekend, from 3,215 theaters.[16] It grossed $2.1 million from Thursday night previews. In its opening weekend, the film grossed $23.8 million, finishing 3rd at the box office.[17] On September 3, the film crossed $100 million domestically, becoming STX Entertainment's first film to do so.[18] Deadline Hollywood calculated the net profit of the film to be $50.8 million, when factoring together all expenses and revenues.[19]

Critical response[edit]

Bad Moms received mixed to positive reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 58% based on 152 reviews with an average rating of 5.6/10, although it received a "Fresh" rating among the site's top critics, who approved it by 68% based on 34 reviews with an average rating of 6.3/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Bad Moms boasts a terrific cast and a welcome twist on domestic comedy -- and they're often enough to compensate for the movie's unfortunate inability to take full advantage of its assets."[20] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 60 out of 100 based on 33 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[21] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale.[22]

IGN gave the film 7/10, saying, "[t]he uneven Bad Moms is an entry in the slobs versus snobs genre that never quite realizes its full comedic potential."[23] Chris Nashawaty of Entertainment Weekly gave it an A-, writing: "beneath all of its hard-R partying, rebellious debauchery, and profanity, it taps into something very real and insidious in the zeitgeist. It's one of the funniest movies of the year-and one of the most necessary."[24] Peter Travers and Kyle Smith both gave 2½ stars out of 4, with Travers saying: "the movie cops out by going soft in the end, but it's still hardcore hilarity for stressed moms looking for a girls night out",[25] and Smith saying: "Bad Moms is like Sex and the City: The Sneakers-and-Minivan Years, a good-natured girl-power comedy that balances a bland sitcom structure with some weird and hilarious moments."[26]

The A.V. Club's Jesse Hassenger opined that Bad Moms "sells its characters’ struggle short by shuffling their kids off screen whenever it's convenient, and not even in the name of comical neglect; there always seems to be time and money to get a sitter. [...] [This] at times turns the movie into a referendum on unhelpful husbands of well-off moms, rather than the absurdities of Perfect Mom culture."[27] Lindsey Bahr of the Associated Press wrote, "Bad Moms had so many opportunities to be great, edgy and insightful, but instead settles for the most milquetoast commentary possible on modern motherhood."[28]

Accolades[edit]

Awards Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
People's Choice Awards January 18, 2017 Favorite Comedy Movie Bad Moms Won [29]
Favorite Comedic Movie Actress Kristen Bell Nominated

Sequel and spin-off[edit]

A Bad Mom's Christmas (2017)[edit]

Directors of the first film, Lucas and Moore, have stated that they may get involved with the previously announced spin-off, but that their current focus is to make a sequel to Bad Moms.[30] On December 23, 2016, it was announced that A Bad Moms Christmas would be released on November 1, 2017, and that it would be holiday themed, with Bell, Hahn, and Kunis all returning to reprise their roles.[31][32] On May 2, 2017, Susan Sarandon, Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines, and Peter Gallagher joined the cast of the film.

Bad Dads[edit]

In October 2016, STX Entertainment announced a spin-off film titled Bad Dads and set a release date for July 14, 2017.[33][34] However, by July 2017, the film seems to have been delayed with a new release date not set.[35]

Television series[edit]

In February 2018, it was reported that FOX network is developing an unscripted reality TV series which would take the films' premise of imperfect parents and shift the focus to real-life moms. The series will be produced by STXtelevision.[36]

References[edit]

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