Film Review A Bad Moms Christmas

Kathryn Hahn, left, Mila Kunis and Kristen Bell star in "A Bad Moms Christmas." 

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I imagine that someone at the studio said, “Hey! Let’s make a sequel and get another demographic to watch this!”

And so it was that Susan Sarandon, Cheryl Hines and Christine Baranski appears as the mothers of the “bad” moms in “A Bad Moms Christmas.” This is every bit as vulgar as the first one but not as clever, although it does offer up enough laughs to make it worth a matinee. And it’s not a family film by any means.

Mila Kunis once again is Amy, who is at the center of this plot. We see her in the midst of a house that’s a shambles, bemoaning the fact that she has ruined Christmas for her family. The story then unfolds, mostly in flashback, to reveal more about the mothers of the trio we met before.

The timid Kiki (Kristen Bell), and the wild Carla (Kathryn Hahn) are back. All three moms have trouble dealing with the demands of Christmas, let alone with the added burdens of their mothers’ appearances.

Kiki’s mother (Cheryl Hines) simply worships her daughter, and clings to her every second without any sense of boundaries. Carla’s mom (Susan Sarandon), who arrives after hitching a ride in an 18-wheeler, is even more brazen than her daughter — Carla knows her mother soon will ask her for money, most likely for gambling. And Amy’s mom (Baranski) has no problem taking over with her lavish gifts and insistence on a constant whirl of activities.

Although this isn’t a lengthy movie, it has its share of filler — an extended scene involving family fun seems to exist only to pad out the running time. It’s more like watching an elongated sitcom than watching a witty feature-film comedy.

Certainly, the characters give it all they’ve got, particularly the three moms of moms, who seem to have a great time in their roles.

As always, Hahn steals nearly every scene with her in-your-face energy as Carla, who works in a salon. Even when her lines fall flat, Hahn delivers them with gusto and great timing.

In one particularly raunchy but hilarious scene, Carla has a disgusting/romantic encounter with one of her clients (Justin Hartley, television’s “This Is Us”) that’s bound to be one of the most talked-about sequences in the show (I won’t spoil it for you).

Some of the “humor” simply aims to shock, and some of it is forced. But if you want to have see a movie with some women friends, and commiserate about the stress of the holidays, you could do worse than this.


Film critic/reporter since 1985 at Quad-City Times. Broadcast Film Critics Association member. College instructor for criminal justice, English and math. Serves on Safer Foundation and The Salvation Army advisory boards. Member of St. Mark Lutheran Church