Bad Moms

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Rat­ing: NNN Well, imag­ine that: just two weeks after Ghost­busters, here’s an­other chaotic com­edy cen­tred on strong fe­male pro­tag­o­nists. And guess what? Bad Moms is pretty funny, too.

Mila Ku­nis stars as Amy, an over­worked Chicago mother of two who de­cides to start in­dulging her im­pulses after kick­ing out her cheat­ing hus­band.

Ini­tially that just means hav­ing break­fast at a café in­stead of rac­ing to her thank­less job, but even­tu­ally her hori­zons ex­pand to liq­uid lunches with her new BFFs Carla (Kathryn Hahn) and Kiki (Kris­ten Bell) that oc­ca­sion­ally lead to drunken raids on gro­cery stores.

It’s not es­pe­cially orig­i­nal, but as in that Ghost­busters re­make, the ac­tors bring it to life in weird and un­ex­pected ways. And not just the leads. Direc­tors Jon Lu­cas and Scott Moore have filled the movie with ringers. Jay Her­nan­dez turns up as a sin­gle dad Amy’s been crush­ing on, and Christina Ap­ple­gate is ter­rific as a con­trol­ling PTA chair who takes an in­stant dis­like to Amy’s lib­er­ated streak.

Even­tu­ally Amy de­cides to run for PTA chair her­self, and the whole thing turns into your ba­sic slobs-ver­sus-snobs com­edy. But that’s an en­gine that still works.

Bad Moms may not sur­prise you, but it will make you laugh. Quite a lot, ac­tu­ally. 98 min­utes. NOR­MAN WIL­NER

Mila Ku­nis (left), Kris­ten Bell and Kathryn Hahn are so Bad they’re good.

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