Bad Moms hit in 2016 and was a surprise success. I remember watching it, finding it funny, and being done with it after the initial viewing. I was caught off guard a few months ago seeing a commercial for A Bad Moms Christmas and found myself asking “What did we miss from the original Bad Moms that we need to come back for a sequel?” Admittedly, not much, but that doesn’t mean there still aren’t a few jokes to squeeze out.
The Movie Itself (3/5)
Given that our characterization has already taken place in the previous film, we quickly catch up with Amy, Kiki, and Carla (Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Katheryn Hahn, respectively) and jump right back into their struggles as underappreciated mothers. The good news, however, is that life isn’t as rough as when we started in the previous film. Amy is in a relationship with Jesse (Jay Hernandez), Kiki’s husband isn’t a total loss, and Carla is… well, Carla.
Things are manageable, until, as in most sequels that don’t want to entirely rehash the plot of the original, everyone’s mother show up for holiday festivities! Each of the Mom’s moms falls into an almost stereotypical archetype; Amy’s mother is overly critical of everything, Kiki’s mother is uncomfortably clingy, and Carla’s mother is a degenerate hustler. All these are exaggerated to the fullest extent that they’re believable, but it somehow still works within the confines of the film.
The jokes hit the same notes as they did in the previous film, but instead of getting drunk in a supermarket and having a wacky montage they get drunk in a mall food court. Which was the only part I really had a problem suspending disbelief in. I mean, seriously, how many food courts serve bottled beer? None that I’ve seen. There’s still plenty of crude sex jokes and cringe-worthy moments, because after all if it’s not broke, don’t fix it, but it lacks the heart the original has.
In the original, I could empathize with each of our protagonists because you could really see that they were struggling with trying to be decent mothers while everyone else looked at their flaws and judged them for it. In this one, you find yourself questioning what rational adult behaves this way. Though I did laugh perhaps a bit too hard with the running gag of Amy’s mother not remembering who Jesse was, or treating him as a hired servant.
A Bad Moms Christmas is a weaker film than the original, but not enough to turn off anyone who enjoyed the first for what it was.
Visuals/Picture Quality (5/5)
We’re not talking a visual effects film, here. The film was finished with a 2K Digital Intermediate. The picture looked bright and vibrant. Clarity and detail look great and the Christmas theme and colors really stand out. No complaints from me.
Score/Audio Quality (5/5)
Audio is same as the video. I could hear everything and there wasn’t any distortion, all the dialogue was clear. The 5.1 had some nice surround effects and the low-end thumps were more than adequate.
Special Features (2/5)
Eh, it’s not bare bones, but it might as well be. I would skip them all, honestly.
- Gag Reel
- Additional Scenes
- Crew Music Video
- Standard double-disc Blu-ray case with slipcover. The discs didn’t fall out when I opened it, so I’m counting that as a win. Also has a UV code.
- Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
- DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
- English SDH
Runtime 105 Mins
A Bad Moms Christmas Overall (3.5/5)
A Bad Moms Christmas knows what the audience wants, and by and large delivers it. It doesn’t add to the canon of great Christmas movies, but it does cater to a female audience on a relatable level without trying to push an agenda. If you didn’t see the first, this one won’t do anything for you, but you could do worse picking a Saturday night date movie.
A Bad Moms Christmas is out now and can be purchased from Amazon or wherever movies are sold.
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