A Bad Moms Christmas Movie Review: It’s everything you expect.

A Bad Moms Christmas

“A Bad Moms Christmas” is everything you expect…and less. Go see it anyway!

The sequel to last year’s “Bad Moms” is here. Too soon, you say? Of course it is. But the howls and clapping that I heard at the screening tell me moms are ready for another round of “Bad Moms.”

“A Bad Moms Christmas” reunites Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, and the cheeky Kathryn Hahn.  In “Bad Moms,” you’ll recall that the unapologetic mothers go up against the establishment. They wreak havoc with their kids’ lunches, the PTA, and anyone who tries to wrangle them into PC territory.

In “A Bad Moms Christmas” sequel, the tyrannical trio faces-off with their own mothers. Christine Baranski, Susan Sarandon, and Cheryl Hines play the matriarchs. They show up at their daughters’ doorsteps, uninvited, to spend Christmas with them…in their homes. Gasp!

Amy’s (Mila Kunis) mother  is the over-the-top perfectionist. Ruth (Christine Baranski) is intent on having a Traditional Homes magazine style holiday. “Mothers don’t enjoy Christmas, they give joy,” she tells her slacker daughter handing her two grandkids small wrapped boxes. “Here, have some iPhones,” she smugly tells the kiddos.  But she goes too far when she hires a crew of decorators to re-decorate her daughter’s house. SHE plans to have a proper Christmas party with HER own friends!

Carla (Kathryn Hahn) is thrilled to see her absent mom, Isis (Susan Sarandon). “Like the terrorist group,” she tells everyone.  But Carla realizes why she’s there: Isis is a drifter. The cowboy hat-clad woman arrives on an 18-wheeler, smokes weed, and needs money.

Kiki’s (Kristen Bell) mom is the over-protective and lonely mom. Sandy (Cheryl Hines) wears pajamas with her daughter’s face on them. And she uses every trick in the book to guilt her daughter into letting her stay with her. “I have cancer,” she tells the therapist after Kiki spills her guts about her mom’s clinginess in a session. Tears and more guilt trips follow.

The mother-daughter conflicts come to a head, and the young moms vow to take back Christmas!

Mayhem ensues. Slow-mo struts up and down mall escalators; drinking in the food court; and even some shoplifting make the young women feel empowered.

But Carla is the scene-stealer. She meets a male dancer at the spa where she’s a beautician. He needs his *body parts* waxed for an upcoming Santa dance competition. Ahem! Men will feel uncomfortable watching this scene. But Carla? She ends up with a date!

You’ve got the picture by now, right? I think you do. Look, there’s no need to skirt around the issue — this movie is exactly what you expect.  It’s an alcohol-fueled, rebel-rousing, raunch-com that’s clearly going for the cash grab after the success of “Bad Moms.”

And that’s reason enough to grab your mom squad ( I went with my girlfriend, Tonya), down a few Mamakases (like we did at the theater!), and Uber it to the nearest Cineplex to see “A Bad Moms Christmas.” 

Let it all go (pun!) before the holiday season gets the best of you. Cheers to all the bad moms out there!

“A Bad Moms Christmas”

Rated R (Hard R)

Runtime 1 hour 44 minutes

 

 

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