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A Yuletide mess: Review of Bad Moms Christmas by Rashid Irani

With its flimsy plot and risqué jokes, it’s not surprising the film was rushed into release six weeks early.

movie reviews Updated: Nov 09, 2017 13:54 IST
Rashid Irani
Rashid Irani
Hindustan Times
Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn are back as the harassed Chicago moms. Even if you liked them in Bad Moms, you’ll find few laughs in the sequel.
  • Direction: Jon Lucas and Scott Moore
  • Actors: Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn
  • Rating: 0.5 / 5

Clearly aiming to cash in on the (undeserved) success of last year’s Bad Moms, this slapdash sequel is even more dispiriting.

With its flimsy plot and risqué jokes, it’s not surprising that A Bad Moms Christmas has been rushed into release a full six weeks before the Yuletide holiday, when more appropriate family-friendly fare is sure to be showcased.

Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and the irrepressible Kathryn Hahn reunite in their roles of harassed Chicago-based mothers trying to navigate the maze of ‘proper parenting’.

As if the prospect of planning a perfect Christmas for their children wasn’t enough, they must also contend with the demands of their own overbearing mothers, who drop in unannounced.

Expect to see a lot of children mouthing expletives, and some especially gross scenes involving a male stripper.

Cue raunchy encounters — those involving a male stripper are especially gross — ludicrous situations (a camel walks by, twice, for no discernible reason) and plenty of slow-motion montages.

Throughout, the dialogue is littered with expletives, many of which are uttered by very young children.

And for all that, the escalating conflicts are resolved in sappy seasonal style.

Despite the best efforts of Hahn (as a sassy spa attendant) and Susan Sarandon (as her hipster mother), this purported female-centric comedy is a witless mess.

First Published: Nov 09, 2017 13:54 IST