R Dir: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore | Universal | 1h 40min
Plot: What’s it about?
It’s odd how actors are after characterized by one role they’ve played. In the case of Mila Kunis it’s the role of Meg from Family Guy. Or at least it is to me. Although she’s been acting for nearly twenty years, she’s lent her voice to that animated comedy and, again, for me it stuck. Yes, I’ve seen the Jim Beam commercials and other films with her in them but I always think “Shaddup Meg.” Then again I’m not quite right. Kunis, now an actress over the age of 30, has evidently got a new direction with some of her films. She’s segued from films like Friends with Benefits to that of a working mother in, you guessed it, Bad Moms. Hey it seemed to work for Christina Applegate (who, ironically enough, appears in this film) and she’s managed to churn out a pretty successful movie career. But are we ready to see sweet little Mila Kunis behaving badly? Is this just a knocked down version of Bridesmaids (which, to me, would seem to be the next movie in this series)? Or do we just want to see a bunch of randomly hot twenty-something women throw back a few drinks and have some fun?
Amy (Mila Kunis) is a working mother who had kids in her early 20’s. She’s trying to juggle a professional career all the while going to soccer games, go to the store and have dinner ready. It’s no small feat and she spends some time each day crying in her car in the parking lot. Yes, on the surface she’s got it all, but deep down she’s about to snap. Joining forces with two of her friends, also over-worked/stressed, Carla (Kathryn Hahn) and Kiki (Kristen Bell), the trio decide to shuck their responsibilities and cut loose. It’s what they need and they’re having a good time. However, this also sets them up with a showdown with the head of the PTA in Gwendolyn (Christina Applegate) and her entourage of seemingly “perfect” Moms. Amy and company are out for a little “girls just wanna have fun” but will this have far-reaching repercussions?
Ok, look, Bad Moms isn’t for everyone. I vaguely remember a movie starring Sarah Jessica Parker a few years back called I Don’t Know How She Does It or something like that. I had zero interest in seeing it and, to this day haven’t. Why do I mention this? It’s because Bad Moms is along the same plot lines (“well then Matt, how do you know what the plot of the other movie is if you haven’t seen it?”). Touché. My point being, is that there’s nothing super deep here. And if you’re a fan of the “women behaving badly” films like Bridesmaids and the like then you’ll be right at home. The plot isn’t hard to decipher, the characters are pretty thin and it’s a fairly predictable movie with a few laugh out loud moments. If that’s your thing, go for it. I will say that seeing Kathryn Hahn in pretty much anything is always a sight, she might be the funniest person on the face of the planet.
Video: How’s it look?
Being a new to Blu-ray film, I had my expectations set pretty high. The 2.40:1 AVC HD image epitomizes everything we’ve come to expect from these newer films. A fine sheen to the perfectly framed outdoor shots, all of the actresses look amazing, flesh tones are warm, soft and natural. You know the drill. Of course detail is spectacular (something these ladies might not be so grateful for as they enter their 30’s). Contrast is strong and solid and save for a few minor blips here and there, it’s a fine-looking transfer.
Audio: How’s it sound?
By and large, comedies aren’t that heavy on the audio and though this DTS HD Master Audio soundtrack has a few moments of glory, it’s a pretty straight-forward effort. Vocals are pure and crisp and if you close your eyes when Mila Kunis is speaking (I always do that for a few minutes) you can hear her as Meg. Did you do it? Well, try it – that’s all I ask. Surrounds offer a bit of resonance, but this is a front heavy affair that’s not going to blow the roof off the place, but it won’t disappoint either.
Supplements: What are the extras?
- Gag Reel – Shenanigans on the set!
- Deleted Scenes – Some studios make this easy and others don’t. I am guessing that Universal is one of the latter. It’s nice to have just over 15 minutes of deleted scenes, but I really didn’t feel like most (if not all) of them offered much to the final product which, I would assume, is why they were cut.
- Cast and Mom Interviews – Broken down into six different sub sets, this features interviews with just about everyone in the movie…and their mom.
- Mila & Elvira
- Kristen & Lorelei
- Christina & Nancy
- Kathryn & Karen
- Jada & Adrienne
- Annie & Alice
The Bottom Line
If Bridesmaids was you thing and you’re clamoring for a tad bit more, this might be for you. I don’t happen to be in this film’s target audience and while I had a few laughs, it’s not something I’ll go back to anytime soon. The scant extras aren’t much incentive to pick this movie up, though the audio and video qualities are well above average.