"A Bad Moms Christmas" Kicks Off Hollywood Holiday Season

Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis and Kathryn Hahn in

In the above interview go behind the scenes of A Bad Moms Christmas and hear from Kathryn Hahn about how the moms rebel, Mila Kunis tells us why every mom can relate and no longer feel alone in their lives, and Kristen Bell talks about how letting loose is ok every once in a while. The promise of "A Bad Moms Christmas" being a taboo-shattering comedy that attacks the Martha Stewart view of a "perfect" Christmas is undercut by a sappy resolution that forces the moms to sell out their independence for more cookie-cutter holiday conformity. Amy's mother Ruth (Christine Baranski) is a perfectionist who insists that her daughter conforms to her exacting idea of how to be a mother, while Kiki's mother Susan (Cheryl Hines) crushes her with closeness and demands for all of Kiki's attention.

Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, returning as the franchise's writing-directing team, throw a lot of jokes at the screen and hope that some of the grosser ones will stick. One has to wonder if those two have ever met actual human women. These characters are cartoonish, campy drag representations of women. And like the Seven Dwarfs, they're categorized by their perceived attributes: Stressy, Crazy, Slutty, Critical, Clingy and Drifter. She shares the same chemistry with Baranski and Peter Gallagher, who play her parents, treating them like a couple of wayward strangers. Gone is the same cleverness in the mediocre sequel A Bad Moms Christmas (** out of four; rated R; in theaters nationwide Wednesday), which adds star power but unfortunately downshifts the craziness to dive into full Hallmark Channel schmaltz.

"Bad Moms" seems to spring from a single inspirational scene - moms going insane at a house party. Think of it as a "Bad Moms" meet "Magic Mike" holiday extravaganza, except with truly ghastly dancing. That ice is from the moon!

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Hines is delightfully surreal playing the overprotective Sandy. Hahn is always the best-around, but you can't help but internally scream "this is beneath you!" nearly every moment she's on the screen.

Last year's Bad Moms was a surprise underdog hit filled with rebellious mothers who liked to party and a fight against the PTA establishment. Female audiences deserve better than this. Rather than men or money being the enemy, it's other women, and that's not fair. Hahn, however, singlehandedly keeps the second Bad Moms - as she also did for the first - entertaining with her crass, over-the-top Carla.


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