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Times of India
A Bad Moms Christmas' follows the story of three overburdened moms who fight against the conventional expectations of Christmas along with their own imperfect mothers who all turn up a week before the festival.
Check your calendars - it's barely the 2nd week of November and the first X'mas film of the year is already here. Granted, the festive season is perfect for some light-hearted, feel-good stories that make you chuckle and warm your heart in equal measure. But what is it about Christmas that compels Hollywood to churn out lazy comedies? It requires some amount of absurd reasoning, or in this case - foreign financing, to take an average film - 2016's 'Bad Moms', and give it a sequel with a holiday theme, no less.
Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell & Kathryn Hahn are back to showcase their best bad behaviour. This time they're joined by their mothers played by Susan Sarandon, Christine
Baranski and Cheryl Hines. While one is extremely carefree, another is over-possessive and there's a perfectionist thrown in for good measure. All to ensure that the mother lode of stereotypical, dysfunctional maternal figures can be mined for a laugh. Naturally, this allows for a wide range of jokes at their expense, but when the writers chose to infuse every other sentence with an expletive, you know they're aiming for low-hanging fruit. While the film seems to be aimed at the female demographic, it's written by the two men who penned 'The Hangover'. That isn't essentially a problem in itself, although it's another matter when you hear a little girl dropping F-bombs. It's one of the rarest cases where you might just be thankful for our conservative censor board! The film feels like it's grabbing every opportunity to justify the 'bad' in the title, with ample genital anatomy gags and crude sexual innuendo.
The less said about the performances, the better. The three main leads seem to be going through the motions with barely any investment into their characters. The actresses playing their mothers, however, display a little more experience. Susan Sarandon seems to have signed up for this movie just to let her hair loose and have some fun with an edgy character prone to debauchery. Yet even the Academy Award winner doesn't do much to justify her presence. This is indicative of the film as a whole - sure there are a few occasional laughs, even if they're incredibly silly. Sadly, the film holds back from completely committing to that direction and ends up being yet another generic Christmas flick. Watch this only if you've exhausted all the other choices out there.