Bad Moms 2 is a Fun Sequel-by-Numbers

Kernel Blake hits up and reviews the sequel to Bad Moms, the aptly named Bad Moms 2, or as it’s known in the U.S.A., A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS. It’s lots more of the same by the looks of it but sometimes familiarity and a cast this good is all you need. Check out Blake’s review and then hit up the movie, it’s out now from the fine folks at Roadshow Films. It runs for 104mins and is rated MA15+. Enjoy……all the best….JK.


After the success of BAD MOMS in mid-2016, it was hardly surprising that a sequel would be given the go ahead. What is surprising is just how quick the turnaround was. BAD MOMS 2 is here just 18 months after the first was released, but does it suffer from that truncated production period or will we just get a re-hash of the original?


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MIla Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn



Written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, helmers of the original and writers of the HANGOVER trilogy, there was cause for concern. BAD MOMS 2 starts at the end, with Amy (Mila Kunis) sitting dejected in a trashed house, complete with wandering camel, after a seemingly diabolical Christmas party.

Cutting back to a week earlier, the three Moms from the first film are seemingly doing well following the events of the first film. Amy is loved up with her new man, Kiki (Kristen Bell) has settled back into family life and single mom Carla (Kathryn Hahn) spends her days waxing vaginas. two out of three ain’t bad.

With Christmas approaching, the Bad Moms have a new challenge, organising presents and the perfect Christmas for their families. This time, however, a spanner is thrown into the works when the Bad Moms’ moms decide to all show up unexpectedly with the promise of hijinks and hilarity to ensue.

Amy’s mom, Ruth (Christine Baranski) is pure ice queen, a perfectionist mother who is at times a little racist and seemingly with an icicle inserted into her arse. Kiki’s mom, Sandy (Cheryl Hines) isn’t coping with the loss of her husband and is a stage five clinger to her daughter. Meanwhile, Carla’s mom, Isis (Susan Sarandon) is a hard partying, cowboy hat wearing, pot smoking drifter, looking for a handout.


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Susan Sarandon, Christine Baranski and Kristen Bell



While the general storyline of BAD MOMS 2 is pretty close to the original, it is a clever addition with the Bad Grandmoms to spice things up a bit and meddle with their daughters’ lives. Ruth especially brings plenty of laughs as the uptight, Stepford Wife constantly forgetting her daughters Mexican lover and generally making everyone miserable with her pursuit of the perfect Christmas.

As mentioned, the story of BAD MOMS 2 won’t surprise you with what happens, relationships are strained, conflicts occur and resolutions are made to make sure everyone has a happy family for Christmas.

While the first film had a consistently funny script throughout, BAD MOMS 2 does falter slightly, with Ruth given most of the funnier lines and a stripping, firefighter love interest for Carla bringing the funniest scenes in the film during a waxing appointment. The problem is there are a lot of scenes that just fall flat or are just not that funny.


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Kathryn Hahn and Justin Hartley



The original cast are all solid again for BAD MOMS 2, although they more often than not take a backseat to their own Bad Moms with the new additions to the cast given more screen time. I wouldn’t be surprised if we get a BAD GRANDMOTHERS in the future, as a spinoff to this film, as the older ladies have a fun chemistry and share some good scenes together.

The writer/director combo of Lucas and Moore do a semi-solid job with the BAD MOMS 2 script, it has its moments just not as many as the original. Thankfully, they haven’t repeated their mistakes from THE HANGOVER 2 which was an abomination compared to the classic first.


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Mila Kunis and a Camel



I know this isn’t a long review by usual standards, but to be honest there isn’t much more to say about the film. It’s an easy watch on a rainy afternoon, but not one I could recommend you go and see at the cinema. You’ll get a few laughs and be entertained, but as it did with me, BAD MOMS 2 will probably be completely forgotten about a week after seeing it.





Kernel Blake is a part-time beard bandit, philanthropist, industrialist….bicyclist…photographer, world traveller, movie lover, a man of few words who enjoys the finer things in life. Like reciting Snake Plissken quotes. And when all that fails, heads out to a racetrack to do skids. He can be found twatting @bcurrall80 and hipstergramming @bcurrall80

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