Bad Moms 2

Out Now On-Demand

Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn return along with writer-directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore for the sequel to 2016's Bad Moms.

Amy (Kunis), Carla (Hahn)and Kiki (Bell) struggle to cope when their respective mothers visit for the Christmas holidays.

We've hit the tail end of 2017 and we're getting hit by some of the year's most mediocre American comedy sequels, among which a focus on parenthood is weirdly common. Bad Moms 2 is out barely a year after the first movie and while it does provide some laughs, it foolishly tries to be a tear-jerker as well as a knee-slapper.

This time the Bad Moms are joined by their bad moms at Christmas time. The bad grandmoms are pretty wild - one's a reckless, pot smoking thief; one's a racist, snobby aristocrat and one's a creep infatuated with her daughter in the sort of way Norman Bates was infatuated with his mother.

These mother/daughter relationships are meant to be heightened versions of ones that exist in real life, but they're so heightened that they're cartoonish and actually nothing like real life. This makes for some good comedy fodder, but robs the film of any chance of dramatic oomph which, shit me days, they try frustratingly hard to achieve. The sappiness of the inevitable fight-and-reconciliation scenes is bizarrely full on and dragged out way too long.

Despite what the trailers and marketing suggest, there's very little boozing, dirty dancing or men stripping in this movie. What raunchy humour there is lands well only as often as it falls flat, and unfortunately there's not enough of it to recommend a trip to the cinema, unless you're in the mood for something decidedly average.

Credit where credit's due, though, there is an extended conversation sequence during which a woman praises the size of a man's genitals and peers into his butthole while he pulls his cheeks apart. That bit was, for me, the most heart-warming moment in the whole film.

Stuff.co.nz (James Croot)

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The true star is The Good Wife's Baranski, owning every scene as every daughter's worst nightmare.

Sydney Morning Herald

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Like its predecessor never pretends to be more than a harmless throwaway item.

New York Times

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"I have heart cancer," Ms. Hines's character says at one point in a vain attempt to halt her daughter's complaints. I think I know exactly what she meant.

FilmInk (Australia)

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Bad Moms 2 chugs along as entertainment and is quickly forgotten.

Los Angeles Times

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Female audiences deserve better movies than this.

Variety (USA)

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The new film, while just okay enough to get by, takes a step back from the audacity of "Bad Moms" to something more cautiously conventional.

Hollywood Reporter

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A Bad Moms Christmas is louder, busier and more pandering than the original - an exhausting spectacle of skilled performers gamely mugging their way through a cash grab.

Newsroom.co.nz (Darren Bevan)

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Most of the film feels like mini-episodes sewn together with such a laissez-faire attitude that it makes it hard to fully engage with what's going on.

Zero stars

Avoid this at all costs it should not be classified as comedy


Mindless Fun

If you don't need a thinking film this is it. Christine Baranski steals the show as the perfectionist mother of Amy (Mila Kunis) but reminds you what an all round performer she is by singing (who can forget Mamma Mia!). Susan Sarandon seemed slightly out of place.


Poor Showing

Utter disappointment. Poor taste humour and a waste of time watching. Not recommended.

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