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A Bad Moms Christmas – More of The Same But Funnier Than The Original

Christmas season has begun. Didn’t think it would start with another Bad Moms film, just over a year after the original. The original already had a great cast but the addition of their own mothers should make things interesting.

Synopsis: A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS follows our three under-appreciated and over-burdened moms as they rebel against the challenges and expectations of Christmas in hopes of creating a more perfect holiday for their families. And if that was hard enough, they have to do all of that while hosting and entertaining their ultimate holiday foes: their own mothers. By the end of the journey, our moms have redefined how to make the holidays special for their families and it ends up bringing them closer to their own moms. (eOne Films)

Starring: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn

Writers: Jon Lucas and Scott Moore

Directors: Jon Lucas and Scott Moore

Rating: 14A (Canada)/R (United States)

Running Time: 104mins

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The ladies are back! Whether or not a sequel was needed, the first Bad Moms film was one of the biggest surprises of last year. Not only did it resonate with moms, it was also a pretty funny comedy featuring a great cast. It was only inevitable that there would be another film. While the first film resonated with moms, this film hopes to do the same, dealing with the theme of Christmas. We all know that Christmas is hard but things become more difficult for Amy (Kunis), Kiki (Bell), and Carla (Hahn) once their own mothers, Ruth (Christine Baranski), Sandy (Cheryl Hines), and Isis (Susan Sarandon) come to town.

This may be a Christmas film but in essence was more a film about family that just happened to take place during Christmas. The family drama present between the women and their mothers wasn’t overly original and pretty much played out as one would expect. The women put up with their respective mother’s behavior until they had enough. Ruth was overly judgemental of Amy and her handling of Christmas, Sandy was too close with Kiki, and Isis wasn’t close enough with Carla.

Being a Bad Moms film, there was still plenty of hijinks, not as many as the previous film with the introduction of the mothers. Perhaps it retreads similar ground from the previous film and the story here wasn’t overly original but this film was just as fun to watch because of the excellent chemistry between the three leads and the new characters don’t interfere with it. While the first film focused on Amy and this one still did, this film focused a little more on Kiki and Carla through their relationships with their mothers. We didn’t get as much Isis (yes the film made a joke about her name) and Carla as we did the others but they were still fun to watch together.

The humor itself was more of the same but was even funnier than the original because there was more of it this time around, stemming from the shared focus between the main characters. Beit the contrast between Amy and Ruth, Sandy’s creepiness, or almost everything Carla related, there were plenty of laughs to be had. The mothers were so different from one another that the fact that they formed a friendship of their own that coincidentally mirrored that of their daughters was funny as well.

The acting was great across the board and was more of a testament to the chemistry between these 6 actresses. It looked like they were all having fun together so it was easy to have fun with them. Kunis, Bell, and Hahn provided solid performances once again with Hahn, as Carla, stealing scenes with some great one-liners like she did in the first film. Baranski uptight Ruth, Hines as the obsessive Sandy, and Sarandon as the degenerate Isis were great as well, having moments of their own.

Overall, this was a good comedy sequel that fans of the original will enjoy. While it is funnier than the original film and the introduction of the grandmothers was a fun addition, it is perhaps more of the same story wise.

Score: 8/10

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