There probably isn’t a more complicated, dynamic and often tumultuous relationship as that between mother/daughter. I minored in sociology and gender studies and took more classes than I can even count on this complicated subject.
I finished reading Woman No. 17. In this sexy noir about motherhood, author Edna Lepucki questions if we can ever escape the gravitational pull of our parents.
That evening, already having the book weighing on my mind, one of my closest mom friends and I had #MommyNightOut to see an advance screening of Bad Moms Christmas. Truthfully, I wasn’t a fan of the Original Bad Moms so I went into the film with very low expectations. I was more excited about the mini bottles of rose we were sipping and hanging out with my friend without our kids than actually seeing movie.
I am thrilled to report that from the opening scene, I was lol loving it! As another mom friend commented after, “This one has heart.” So yes, its possible to make a sequel that’s as good, if not better than the first.
The mother/daughter casting is spot on and the cast in general is phenomenal.
There’s a few fun cameos which I don’t want to ruin so I will simply drop their initials (J.K. and K.G.) I seriously hope it was the make-up artist that aged Peter Gallagher and that he hasn’t aged that much. Also Justin Hartley, who tied the knot to one of my favorite actresses from All My Children, is born to be an erotic dancer/stripper! I wasn’t a fan of his in Mistresses and have grown to like him on This is Us, but fell head over heels for him and his waxed balls in Bad Moms Christmas. See these photos of him below and tell me, how can you not!
In the film, Carla’s mom tells her, “Moms don’t enjoy, they give joy.” This was the biggest take away for me from the film and what resonated with me the most. Because just earlier that same day, my husband wanted to me to finally clean our apartment and do a much needed purging. Instead I emailed my husband at work a picture of the goblin doughnuts I had made for my daughter’s preschool class, along with the message, “We may not have the cleanest home, but my kids will remember what a fun and loving childhood I gave them.” You are only young once and I try to make every day, even the most mundane, as special and memorable as possible.
I could go on and on quoting lines from this movie, including the adorable young girl saying she heard them having a fight in the bedroom and that she punched the wall and kept saying “oh my F#$%.”. If you don’t get it, go see the movie, or a sex therapist! But I won’t share anymore because I don’t want to ruin it for you. Instead, I urge you to grab some of your favorite friends – the one(s) you can let down your guard and really be funny with – pick up a mini bottle of rose (or Prosecco or whatever floats your boat) and see Bad Moms Christmas. It’ll put you in the holiday spirit (because now that its Halloween, bye bye pumpkin spice and here’s to everything Santa and red, white and green.”)
I left the theater having had a really good laugh and making my friend promise me that she won’t ever let me mess up my own daughter.
Disclaimer: I attended a complimentary advance screening, but as always, all opinions expressed are 100% my own.
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