Christmas movie falls short

By Kerianne Noonan

We’ve all been to that one movie that made us laugh and cry while still having some underlying, bigger meaning to it.

Well, I think “A Bad Mom’s Christmas” was supposed to evoke those emotions but fell short.

This was one of those movies that you find pretty dumb, but for some reason can’t take your eyes off of.

Although it had some funny moments, overall, I found it to be another letdown, like most second movies in a series are.

The movie came out on Nov. 1 and featured some pretty big names in the film industry, including Mila Kunis and Kristen Bell.

It’s a relatable comedy that resonates with moms and kids from all walks of life.

As the second movie in the series, following “Bad Moms,” this one focuses on the pressures of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas.

The movie showed the struggles that the three moms, Amy (Mila Kunis), Kiki (Kristen Bell) and Carla (Kathryn Hahn) have during Christmas time.

The only difference between the general plot of the first movie and this one, was that their moms were also a part of it.

I’m not sure how other people’s relationships are with their moms, but the way they were portrayed in this movie was pretty far-fetched from reality.

Their moms, Ruth (Christine Baranski), Sandy (Cheryl Hines) and Isis (Susan Sarandon) were every bit of a hot mess in their own unique ways.

Ruth was cold-hearted and didn’t seem to like her daughter at all.

Sandy was disturbingly obsessed with her daughter, and practically became her by the end of the movie.

Lastly, Isis was supposed to be a care-free, go-with-the-wind kind of character, but again, it just came off like she didn’t care about her daughter.

Third-year student, Casey Hoyer, found the movie hilarious at times but also felt like it was a letdown from the first one.

Hoyer went to the movie on opening night with her own mom, and after asking her mom if she related with the film, she said she actually did.

It could be possible that the demographics play a huge part in who likes this film.

Apparently only moms could fully understand what life is like during Christmas time.

Which brings me to my next critique: The movie failed to give any credit to those dads out there that buy their own gifts for their moms, kids and wives.

This idea that all the work is on the moms seems outdated.

“I liked the movie on a surface-level, but it does seem like they overgeneralize the idea that mothers are supposed to do everything during Christmas,” Jacob Baltazar, a senior, said.

It seems like this isn’t something that most people would think about during the movie because it’s combatted by some hilarious scenes and cast members.

Hahn’s character, Carla, stole the whole show.

Every line she had was perfectly executed with her dry, inappropriate humor.

The movie would not have been as funny without her.

However, not everyone casted in this movie performed as well as she did.

It pains me to say Kunis totally dropped the ball on this one.

She was blatantly awkward around her screen kids.

She didn’t know how to be around them or be affectionate toward them the way their real mom would. It was distracting.

Bell’s character was constantly struggling with her mom, trying to find ways to tell her she needed space.

So naturally, they visit a family therapist, who just so happened to be played by Wanda Sykes.

She was only in one scene during this movie, but it was one of the funniest, and I think the rest of the audience clearly agreed with me.

She brought out her clever, sarcastic humor at every turn of the session.

Even though the film only got a 30 percent rating from Rotten Tomatoes, and only 55 percent of audiences liked it, it seems like everyone was thoroughly enjoying the movie, with plenty of laughs.

I even noticed a group of five middle-aged women who seemed to enjoy the film from start to finish.

Their obnoxious cackling radiated through the theater.

Although this wasn’t my all-time favorite movie, I still think it’s worth going to see for yourself.

In the end, you can at least have an appreciation for how much our moms do for us, and that the most important thing to remember during Christmas is family.

A Bad Moms Christmas teaches the most important thing during Christmas is family

Courtesy of IMDB

A Bad Moms Christmas teaches the most important thing during Christmas is family

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