Bad Moms begins with Amy running around like a crazy person, trying to get her kids to school on time, and winding up with spaghetti all over her pantsuit before ultimately dragging herself to a PTA meeting. The PTA — which, in this film, is a painted as a sort of fascist regime run by a single mean girl mom, Gwendolyn (portrayed by the fabulously funny Christina Applegate), and her two harpies — is getting schooled on all the things that can't be a part of the upcoming bake sale (namely: sugar, gluten, GMOs, fun, etc.) when Amy finally decides that damn it, she's had enough. She won't be taking this shit anymore. Amy stands up to Gwendolyn and walks out of the meeting, with the pasta sauce in her hair somehow looking more like smoothing serum than dried tomato paste. She manages to gain an acolyte in the process: Kiki, played by Kristen Bell, a stay-at-home mom of four whose whole life revolves around her kids and her micro-managing husband who, we fast find out, can't get hard but toes a hard line.
After spending all this time trying to make being a mom look hard, it wraps up by showing us that it can be so easy, if only women would just calm down.
It's an insulting portrait of motherhood — of parenthood in general — that amplifies the general mom-shaming trend that has beset us in recent years.
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