Are you a
fan of chick lit and chick flicks? I really am not because they're ultimately
witless caricatures of women.
writer-director team of Jon Lucas and Scott Moore down the ante if that's
possible, with hysterical moms playing predictable chick politics in school
overworked Amy cooks, cleans, feeds, works for a living, drives everybody up
and down and drives herself round the bend without asking husband Mark to ever
chip in, isn't worth asking since that's the basic premise.It's the assumption
that that's what all good moms do. And all men are uniformly insensitive boors
who must be brought to heel.
up to reality means doing the complete opposite by drinking, partying, trying
to get picked up by strange men, by baffling the kids through overnight neglect
and not reporting for work, is also not worth asking. Because that is the big turning
point of much-harried moms Amy and her new friends Carla and Kiki.
within home and workplace extends into school as Amy and her new drinking pals
take on the prim and proper President of the school PTA. President Gwendolyn is
a tycoon's wife as vicious as she's rich. Amy's daughter has become Gwendolyn's
target, so the mom in Amy wakes up to take her on and run for President.
wins. Amy delivers a clueless speech about everybody being a bad mom that
fetches thunderous applause because moms are so full of love at the end of it
all. Amy not only wins the President's post but also wins back her kids, her
job and the unattached hunk everybody's been eyeing.
overstretched fairy tale the witch also becomes Amy's pal at the end.
makes exaggerated faces as Amy is supposed to do. Kathryn Hahn and Kristen Bell
as her chick pals follow whatever Amy does. Christina Applegate as Gwendolyn
the witchy President is also straight out of Cinderella.
For a chick
flick that reiterates all the known cliches about tiger moms protecting their
young, Bad Moms gets a 2.5* rating.
Journalist & Author