• by Wes Singleton

Bad Moms, C

Rated R, 101 minutes

The lowbrow, mildly entertaining comedy "Bad Moms" subscribes to the notion that to be a good mom, you must make some mistakes. The movie's full of them too and a hot mess, serving up a full platter of foul-mouthed soccer moms trying to get their groove on, with some scattered laughs thanks to a game cast. Amy Mitchell (Mila Kunis) has a seemingly perfect life – a great marriage, over-achieving kids, a beautiful home and a career. However, she's also over-worked, over-committed and exhausted. Fed up, she joins forces with two other over-stressed moms (Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn) on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities – going on a wild binge of long-overdue freedom, fun and self-indulgence – putting them on a collision course with PTA Queen Bee Gwendolyn (Christina Applegate) and her clique of devoted perfect moms. Co-directed and co-written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, the writers of "The Hangover," it's a lightweight, lowbrow and often lazy comedy that barely survives, thanks to the charms of its cast. The lovely Kunis is the appealing, bland lead, though it's "Frozen's" Bell and especially Hahn ("Captain Fantastic") who get in the best scenes; Hahn essentially steals the movie with her energy and the best lines, most of which can't be repeated here (and a scene where she demonstrates on Bell how a particular piece of the male anatomy works will forever change the way you look at hoodies). One thing is for sure, "Bad Moms" isn't as liberating or invigorating as you might think, given the main premise is about Kunis taking over the PTA President slot from the evil Applegate, a half-baked, sitcom-like premise that seems stolen from TV's "The Middle," and the predictable, let's-hug-it-out climax is as predictable as it comes. The best part is the touching, truly funny end credits scene, in which all the female leads sit with their real Moms discussing the virtues of motherhood - and you'll realize that all these talented ladies deserve much better material than they're given here. Guilty-pleasure entertainment at its finest, "Bad Moms" is bad alright, but for all the wrong reasons. Best to skip this one.

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