R Dir: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore | Universal | 1h 44min
Plot: What’s it about?
There are a lot of films out there that just, well, don’t appeal to me. A few years ago we were treated to Bad Moms. Frustrated by life and motherhood, the trio of stars managed to take back was theirs and they all lived happily ever after. Yay. Evidently the movie was enough of a success that it inspired this sequel. I’d not even heard of it until I saw a trailer around Thanksgiving (or whenever it was released, I’d assume close to the holidays else…why bother). Fear not, your favorite foul-mouthed, wine-drinking moms are back and they’ve got company – one look at the poster or Blu-ray cover will tell you who. Let’s get started.
Assuming you’ve seen the original, you’ll be familiar with all the characters. This sequel brings three new faces to the cast. It’s now Christmas (clearly, based on the title) and the moms want to “take Christmas back” by letting themselves savor the season and relax. Their mothers arrive and Amy (Mila Kunis) is frustrated by Ruth (Christine Baranski) who wants to create a perfect holiday. Kiki (Kristen Bell) has issues with Sandy (Cheryl Hines) and Carla (Kathryn Hahn) has issues with Isis (Susan Sarandon) who shows up looking for some financial handouts. Will the joy and cheer of the holiday season make things right or will they learn to live and laugh and love as is consistent with the “most wonderful time of year?”
The inclusion of Sarandon, Hines and Baranski was a wise move as a simple rehash of the first one wouldn’t have worked the way it did in, say, 22 Jump Street. That said, the talent is there, but the movie feels slapped together at the last minute and stitched together with a bevy of musical montages that really start to grate on the nerves. Couple that with the raunchy jokes (which was to be expected) and, well, there you have it. I won’t say this is a terrible film, just judging a book by its cover you can pretty much get the gist of what’s going to happen in the first 20 minutes. Fans of the original might get a few chuckles out of this one, but only the die hards.
Video: How’s it look?
Universal has given the film a nice-looking transfer as we might expect. The 2.39:1 AVC HD image is brimming with holiday cheer in the sense that it looks all warm an fuzzy? What’s that really mean? Colors are saturated, detail is tack sharp and it’s just a nice warm and cozy looking film. The wine glasses sparkle and so forth. This is an outstanding transfer and, again, it’s what to be expected from a new to Blu-ray film.
Audio: How’s it sound?
Remember those musical montages I mentioned above? Well they do sound pretty darn good, actually. The included DTS HD Master Audio soundtrack rarely misses and it makes for an entertaining and enjoyable listen. The vocals, foul as they might be, aren’t lacking either. Surrounds are used for some additional ambiance and the entire sound stage carries with it a vibrance that caught me a bit off guard. It’s a nice-sounding mix that’s sure to please.
Supplements: What are the extras?
- Gag Reel – Six minutes of flubbed lines, fun on the set and, you guessed it, shenanigans on the set!
- Additional Scenes – About four minutes are included, but nothing was really missed by not having these included.
- Crew Music Video – The cast does their rendition of that video that plays over the credits.
- Theatrical Trailers – A red band trailer as well as the original theatrical trailer are included.
The Bottom Line
The film did manage to turn a profit, so don’t be too terribly surprised if we see a third installment. Then again, I’d like to think that Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn have had it with their maternal roles and might look towards something else. This has more of the same that made the first one slightly enjoyable, but it all feels forced. While the Blu-ray both looks and sounds good, it doesn’t seem to be enough to warrant a purchase.