LIFE IN SHARP FO­CUS

It’s set to be one of the year’s best come­dies, but Bad Moms ex­plores some harder truths that ap­ply no mat­ter what your walk of life

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES - PETER MITCHELL

Afew weeks ago Mila Ku­nis, Christina Ap­ple­gate, An­nie Mu­molo and Kathryn Hahn were curled up on couches in a West Hol­ly­wood ho­tel dis­cussing top­ics most moth­ers would pre­fer to avoid.

The ac­tresses, stars of the new com­edy Bad Moms, were re­count­ing some not-so­suc­cess­ful mo­ments rais­ing their chil­dren.

Ku­nis and Mu­molo told of how they for­got to strap their daugh­ters in their car seats, then took off down Los An­ge­les’ free­ways with­out even re­al­is­ing.

Hahn re­mem­bers play­fully toss­ing her baby son in the air and for­get­ting a fan was whirling above at high speed.

“I al­most de­cap­i­tated my son,” Hahn sheep­ishly says.

Ap­ple­gate told of how she tried to con­vince her five-yearold daugh­ter Sadie it was OK to use den­tal floss picked out of a rub­bish can.

“She said: ‘No, you just took that out of the trash can’,” Ap­ple­gate laughs.

“I’m like: ‘It was in there for two sec­onds and no one has used it’.

“She said: ‘It was in the trash can, Mum’!”

Bad Moms, also star­ring Kris­ten Bell, Jada Pin­kett Smith and Wanda Sykes, fol­lows Amy Mitchell (Ku­nis) as she at­tempts to raise two chil­dren, hold down a job, put up with a slacker hus­band and sat­isfy the high ex­pec­ta­tions of the head of the par­ent-teacher as­so­ci­a­tion (Ap­ple­gate).

When it all gets too much, Amy goes rogue, align­ing her­self with two other re­bel­lious mums.

Ap­ple­gate says there is too much pres­sure on par­ents and chil­dren to be per­fect and that the movie ex­plores that.

“Is it the in­ter­net?” Ap­ple­gate asks.

“Is it be­cause ev­ery­one has an f-ing opin­ion about ev­ery­thing? Are peo­ple so damn scared our kids won’t be per­fect? I don’t want my kid to be per­fect be­cause then she will be com­pla­cent. I want her to al­ways know prac­tice is progress, it’s not per­fect. I think that’s what this movie is about. It is OK to be a bad mum. It is OK to fail.

“We don’t need to be per­fect be­cause that is set­ting a stan­dard for our kids that is un­re­al­is­tic.”

Ku­nis, who wel­comed her daugh­ter with ac­tor hus­band Ash­ton Kutcher in 2014 and is preg­nant with their se­cond, says she grew up poor in Ukraine, a life her chil­dren will not have to en­dure. Ku­nis is not sure if that is a good thing.

“They are go­ing to be so priv­i­leged and will grow up in a world where ev­ery­thing is so ac­ces­si­ble, from in­for­ma­tion to ma­te­rial things,” she says.

“How do you teach a work ethic to a child that doesn’t need a work ethic?

“I grew up so poor I was like: ‘Doesn’t ev­ery­body drink ketchup with wa­ter for soup?’

When Ku­nis’s nieces came to visit her in LA she did not take them to pre­mieres or to Hol­ly­wood par­ties. She took them to Skid Row, a no­to­ri­ous area that is pop­u­lated by the hom­less, drug ad­dicts and the men­tally ill.

“That’s real life,” she says. Bad Moms opens to­day

Mila Ku­nis, who grew up poor in Ukraine, in a scene from the film Bad Moms.

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