More than just a Hang­over for girls

Kapi-Mana News - - GARDENING -

The writ­ers be­hind The Hang­over wrote and di­rected this com­edy about a trio of women who – wait for it – go off the rails and do out­ra­geous, hi­lar­i­ous things.

As op­posed to their other films in which men do the same thing, or col­lege stu­dents do, or Ja­son Bate­man out­ra­geously body swaps with Ryan Reynolds.

Thank­fully, Bad Moms is a more en­joy­able watch than its pedi­gree or pre­dictable sub­ject mat­ter would sug­gest, gen­er­ally suc­cess­ful at earn­ing au­di­ence laughs, as it ne­go­ti­ates the ter­rain of be­ing an av­er­agely ok com­edy you’re likely to have for­got­ten be­fore leav­ing the carpark.

More than ‘‘ The Hang­over, but for girls’’, the cast­ing, tone and sur­pris­ingly suc­cess­ful fe­male per­spec­tive help Bad Moms move be­yond ba­sic re­tread. Yes, the trio of leads are a fa­mil­iar Franken­stein’s mon­ster – the ‘‘nor­mal’’ one (Mila Ku­nis), the odd, up­tight one (Kris­ten Bell), the cah-razy one (Kathryn Hahn) – but they all dig deep, fully com­mit­ting to comedic ex­cess when re­quired, while also bring­ing more to their char­ac­ters than the mere ba­sics.

Christina Ap­ple­gate also proves em­i­nently watch­able as the up­tight vil­lain of the piece, rel­ish­ing her chance to play bossy, bitchy, and oc­ca­sion­ally bonkers.

Do we need not one, but two slow-mo se­quences of wasted ex­cess set to rum­bling bass? Prob­a­bly not, but Bad Moms de­fies you to keep a straight face through­out these generic mo­ments and the many other ex­am­ples of things we’ve seen be­fore that pep­per the film. Some tropes – like the film’s can­di­date for doo­fus hus­band/part­ner of the year – suc­ceed ad­mirably, while else­where gags work just fine, thanks, but lit­tle more.

With few clangers and lit­tle am­bi­tion to carve its own niche, the re­sults are sat­is­fy­ing enough to rec­om­mend. – Steve Ne­wall

The cast­ing, tone and sur­pris­ingly suc­cess­ful fe­male per­spec­tive help Bad Moms move be­yond ba­sic re­tread

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