It’s good to be bad

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BAD MOMS (MA15+)

Direc­tors: Jon Lu­cas, Scott Moore Star­ring: Mila Ku­nis, Kris­ten Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christina Ap­ple­gate, Jay Her­nan­dez, Jada Pin­kett Smith Ver­dict: Raise kids. Raise hell. Not nec­es­sar­ily in that or­der

AT­TEN­TION mal­con­tent mod­ern moth­ers ev­ery­where: this is your The Han­gover.

You know full well that all those swing­ing, swag­ger­ing sin­gle guys have had all that movie mis­be­hav­ing to them­selves for far too long.

There­fore, at the very least, Bad Moms rep­re­sents a noble at­tempt to tip the bal­ance back in favour of ladies who just don’t give a damn.

Af­ter all, Melissa McCarthy has been fly­ing this flag pretty much on her own ever since Brides­maids.

It’s about time she had some backup. (And af­ter the re­cent dual mis­fires of The Boss and Ghost­busters, a well-earned break.)

So if you’re part of the tar­get de­mo­graphic, and need a night out with the girls sooner rather than later, then Bad Moms will de­liver what you’re af­ter, no ques­tions asked.

How­ever, if you are not a woman who fits the above de­scrip­tion, then Bad Moms’ ap­peal im­me­di­ately be­comes more se­lec­tive. Put it this way: you’ll find Sausage Party much more invit­ing.

The set-up here is ba­sic – think Mean Girls, only a gen­er­a­tion and a failed mar­riage or two later – but mod­er­ately ef­fec­tive.

Mila Ku­nis, Kris­ten Bell and Kathryn Hahn star as mums to high-school­ers who have had enough of the rigid rules en­forced by a po­lit­i­cally cor­rect PTA com­mit­tee (spear­headed by a vig­i­lant viper played by Christina Ap­ple­gate).

Re­bel­lion against the stuck-up sta­tus quo is the only op­tion for the trio, who are each tired and emo­tional enough to know it’s high time some hours were shaved off the 24/7 par­ent­ing de­mands thrust upon them.

To be hon­est, there are no wheels be­ing rein­vented by Bad Moms, which grad­u­ally loses the courage of its con­vic­tions, and gains a mile-wide sen­ti­men­tal streak by the close.

Nev­er­the­less, it is twice the movie that lam­en­ta­ble AbFab thing out now turned out to be, and far fun­nier.

While Ku­nis does a fine job of an­chor­ing Bad Moms – her in­her­ent lik­a­bil­ity buys the movie some time af­ter a slug­gish start – the best lines and scenes go to the mav­er­ick pres­ence of Hahn, a sea­soned char­ac­ter ac­tor who seizes her chance at a lead role with zinger-tas­tic aplomb.

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