RosieMeter: 83% Full Bloom
Runtime: 1 hour, 41 minutes
There are fun scenes with the lead actresses and their real-life mothers that play through the end credits.
Surprisingly, Bad Moms was written by two men – Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, the writers responsible for the delightful debauchery of The Hangover. Apparently, they’re now both married with kids and consulted their wives (and their wives’ mommy-friends), throughout the development of the screenplay. It paid off big time, considering the film is both hilarious and authentic – two things that rarely go hand-in-hand. The mom sitting next to me at the screening leaned over and whispered to me numerous times throughout the film whenever something rang true to her.
Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn make a bad mom squad that you’d beg to join your mommy-and-me group. The actresses are all mothers in real life and mix the right amount of frustration, love and perseverance into their tired, worn-down characters.
Bad Moms is my favorite movie of the summer.
The protagonists and the antagonists are all women: 20 pts.
Written/directed by men, producer Suzanne Todd no doubt had a big influence on the film: 3 pts.
Tells several women’s stories: 20 pts.
Quality of filmmaking/entertainment value: 20 pts.
Passes the Bechdel/Wallace test: 20 pts.
Score on the RosieMeter: 83% Full Bloom