I've still been in search of that quintessential breakout comedy of the summer blockbuster season. Therefore, as I stumbled upon this past weekend's release of the well received female-centric comedy, Bad Moms, my fingers were crossed that co-writers and directors, Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (21 and Over), wouldn't disappoint. Yet, despite a strong first half to the film, Bad Moms culminates in an all too familiar, over-the-top fashion.
Life has been hard for Amy (Milas Kunis) since she had her first child at the young age of 20. With a less than helpful husband at home, an unappreciative boss and constant pressure from the many "perfect" moms at her children's school, Amy deserves a much-needed break from it all. So when she discovers her husband has feelings for another woman, she unites with fellow moms, Carla and Kiki (Kathryn Hahn and Kristen Bell), to let loose and enjoy her newfound sense of freedom.
I've always appreciated the work of Mila Kunis. She continually tackles interesting characters and she's very easy on the eyes. Once again, Kunis does an exceptional job of naturally luring the audience into her crazed and chaotic daily routine. A steady dose of cornball, sitcom-like comedy plays extremely well to the tone of the film. And just as you're about to fully commit to Bad Moms, unforgivable writing completely destroys its third act. Storylines escalate to unrealistic situations and inconceivably circle back to a head-scratching fairytale ending that spoils the entire experience. Bad Moms could have been a nice little film, but a weakly constructed finale allows it to remain mired in mediocrity.