BEIRUT: Remember when audiences used to look forward to the Christmas season due to some of the most heart-warming, positive message filled films of the year? Yeah, those days are long gone in 2017.
What on Earth is happening in Hollywood? What on Earth happened to proper Christmas and Holiday films? When did the mess up occur and where is a DeLorean when you need one?
A Bad Mom’s Christmas is a blasphemous, abomination of a film and a sorry excuse of a comedy.
The sequel follows the three under-appreciated and over-burdened moms of the first film: Amy, Kiki, and Carla, as they rebel against the trials and expectations of the most important day for moms: Christmas.
Amy: [voice over] Christmas is a magical time, full of wonder, excitement and joy; a time for making lasting memories with family and friends.
To make matters worse and the narrative more ridiculous, the young moms have to do all of that while accommodating and entertaining their own mothers.
At its core, the film does carry a decent enough theme, but the path that the narrative takes to get to the heart is just plain lazy.
Over stuffed with lame jokes regarding sex, drugs, alcohol and male genitalia, the narrative just never earns the message it delivers at the end of the third act.
This is quite unfortunate, seeing as to how the scene that is meant to carry the film’s overall theme and bring Amy and her mother’s character arc to a close, has an on-point performance by Mila Kunis and Christine Baranski who play Amy and Amy’s mother respectively.
Speaking of Christine Baranski, she is quite literally the highlight of the film especially because her storyline is the most genuine.
Amy: She’s the most critical human being on the planet. I can’t fix that, I’m not Beyoncé.
Baranski just has fun with the character and she is a joy to watch in this second-rate Christmas comedy.
Susan Sarandon and Cheryl Hines are both just bland and awkward whenever they are on screen, not to mention the fact that their characters alone are terribly written.
As repetitive as it sounds, the film was incredibly disappointing in every aspect: the flat edit, the raunchy music, the distasteful screenplay and dialogue, the lack of directorial vision, the long-winded and disgusting drunken activities that the mothers perform… one could go on and on.
The actual sad aspect of all this, however, is that this will probably do well in the box office and will more than likely spawn a Bad Mom’s New Year’s Eve, or a Bad Mom’s Halloween film next year.
Carla: [to Kiki] Every time I think I’m the [effed up] one in this group you open your mouth. And then I’m like, “I’m doing great.”
The Verdict: Watch it at your own risk, but, for a film to be in the comedy genre, the audience sighed more than they laughed during the screening. Nothing about this film ever engages the audience, nor does it ever deliver anything the audience hasn’t seen before. So, in order to “take Christmas back,” as the moms of the films proclaim in the beginning of the film, here is a list of Christmas films, in no particular order, worth watching:
1) The Holiday (2006)
2) The Family Stone (2005)
3) Home Alone 1&2 (1990, 1992)
4) Love Actually (2003)
5) Miracle of 34th Street (1947)
6) It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
7) The Polar Express (2004)
8) The Santa Clause (1994)
9) Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
10) A Christmas Story (1983)
Not only do these films deliver a great, heartwarming narrative, they also spread positive messages of hope and family: the true meanings of Christmas.
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