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FILM REVIEW: BAD MOMS (15)

This female-centric comedy yarn provides a consistent humorous flow that takes it a cut above usual genre fare.

Despite undoubtedly being a star vehicle for Family Guy actress Mila Kunis (Ted, Oz: The Great and the Powerful) as 32-year-old mum-of-two Amy, it’s the presence of Kathryn Hahn (Parks and Recreation) as foul-mouthed Carla – who provides the stellar laugh-out-loud moments – that really takes it to the next level.

They make up two thirds of a trio of under-appreciated mums – the other being Kristen Bell’s (Frozen) initially timid Kiki – who ditch their conventional responsibilities for a jolt of long overdue freedom, fun and frolics.

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Cue late night partying, kids (shock!) making their own meals – and supermarket mayhem as ‘sisters do it for themselves’.

And even though it’s generally ‘by the numbers’ stuff, the main premise of Amy taking on toffee-nosed PTA head Gwendolyn (Christina Applegate), and side plots – Amy’s job, kids, lethargic husband and potential love interest Jessie (Suicide Squad’s Jay Hernandez) – provides enough entertaining giggles to make it watchable throughout.

The overall plot has been done (in a tweaked way) dozens of times before – see the recent Bad Neighbours’ films for reference in more than a few ways – but Kunis always makes for an amiable lead, and with able support from Bell, Hernandez, Applegate, and particularly Hahn, can’t help but leave a smile on your face.

Throw in the obvious sequences where millions of overworked mums worldwide can empathise with multiple scenarios – ‘my teenage kid hates me however hard I try’ etc – then there’s a clever underlying theme that will appeal to the ladies, while holding enough laughs for the boys as well.

And brownie points for the lads if you want to take your partner too.

So Bad Moms is actually pretty good mums.

Gavin Miller

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Cast: Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, Kristen Bell, Jay Hernandez, Christina Applegate, Jada Pinkett Smith, Oona Laurence, Annie Mumolo, Emjay Anthony, David Walton, Clark Duke, Wendell Pierce & Wanda Sykes

Running Time: 1 Hr 40 Mins

Directors: Jon Lucas & Scott Moore

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