Home is where your mom is. Unless your mom is always at the bar.
Written and helmed by the geniuses behind “The Hangover” trilogy and “21 & Over”, Jon Lucas and Scott Moore’s “Bad Moms” is an upcoming R-Rated female-fronted comedy film that is based on their own original script. If you are a fan of the funny duo’s work, this not-so-wholesome mom movie is definitely not something for children. As movie lead Kristen Bell puts it, “It’s a very adult movie”.
The official synopsis of “Bad Moms” is as follows:
“Young Amy Mitchell (played by Mila Kunis) has a great husband, overachieving children, beautiful home and successful career. Unfortunately, she’s also overworked, exhausted and ready to snap. Fed up, she joins forces with two other misfit moms, Carla and Kiki (played by Kathryn Hahn and Kristen Bell) to get away from daily life and conventional responsibilities. As the gals go wild with their newfound freedom, they set themselves up for the ultimate showdown with queen bee Gwendolyn (played by Christina Applegate) and her clique of seemingly perfect moms, Stacy and Vicky (played by Jada Pinkett Smith and Annie Mumolo).”
To best prepare you for the badass comedy, here are some interesting facts about the film that you might not have known about :)
1. Directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore wrote the movie as a tribute to their hard-working wives
During a recent interview with This & That With Olivia, a blog about all things mom and children, Lucas and Moore revealed that the movie was inspired by their wives. “We each have a home office, and we’re sitting at home like trying, racking our brains, and just watching our wives in this like stressed-out life trying to be a great parent. We’re like maybe that’s a good thing for a movie. And so, the inspiration was basically our wives, and we spent a lot of time sort of talking to them and talking to their friends, and stories would just start flowing,” said Moore, adding that the research process helped him understand his wife a little better. Aww :)
2. It’s the first movie that Mila Kunis and Kristen Bell are starring together in since “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” in 2008
Mila Kunis and Kristen Bell first met on the set of “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” 8 years ago where they played Rachel Jansen and Sarah Marshall respectively. If you didn’t already know, the chick-flick also stars “How I Met Your Mom” actor Jason Segel and British comedian Russell Brand. Though the duo didn’t win any awards, their performances were very well-received by critics and the film was considered as the 2 actresses’ breakout roles.
3. All 6 lead actresses in the movie are real-life moms!
In Hollywood, you don’t exactly have to share the same traits as a character in order to get a part. And although “being a mom” wasn’t in the film’s casting criteria, directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore realised that that hiring moms would make a big difference. “I think women who aren’t moms often play moms really sweet, and I think people who actually are moms play moms way more badass. It wasn’t a criteria that we hired moms, but we met with one actress, who will remain nameless, who was like, ‘oh, I’m not a mom, but I have a dog,’ and we’re like ‘oh, well, it’s really, really different’,” said Lucas.
Fun Fact: Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Annie Mumolo are moms of 2; Mila Kunis is almost a mom of 2; while Christina Applegate is a mom of one.
4. YouTube “Superwoman” Lily Singh will take on a hilarious cameo in the movie
Here’s another reason to watch “Bad Moms”: YouTube star Lily Singh will be appearing in the film as a cameo! For those who aren’t familiar with the vlogger, Singh shot to fame with her funny skits and inspirational talks as “Superwoman” on her YouTube channel, which has attracted over 9 million subscribers. The news first came out when she posted a photo of her posing with Mila Kunis on Instagram. “SURPRISE! I have a small cameo in the new Mila Kunis/Christina Applegate movie called #BadMoms,” she wrote, adding that Kunis and Applegate was “awesome as eff” and “hot as hell”.
5. The directors knew Kristen Bell was meant to be Kiki the moment she came to the first meeting
“Frozen” voice actress Kristen Bell plays Kiki, an organised stay-at-home mom and Mila Kunis’ Amy Mitchell’s best friend. Despite the extensive casting process, the directors immediately knew that Bell was perfect the minute she arrived at their first meeting to audition for the role of Kiki. Lucas said, “I remember sitting down with Kristen Bell and we’re like, ‘She’s so Kiki’.” In addition, Bell wears a small block-bead necklace throughout movie that was made for her by her real-life daughter, Delta Bell Shepard.
6. Mila Kunis and Christina Applegate have had some real-life bad-mom moments
When asked about the cast’s own bad-mom moments, Mila Kunis admitted that she once dipped her baby’s pacifier in a glass of alcohol. “When they’re teething, apparently, it’s great. No judgment. It disinfects. It’s fine, you guys… It’s a natural disinfectant,” she said. Besides that, Christina Applegate, who plays the “perfect” mom in the film, confessed that she and her girlfriends would drink some booze in the park while their kids play at the playground. She added, “That’s essential for some days”. We feel ya, girl.
Bonus fun fact: Stay until after the end of the movie because the directors promised that some more “Bad Moms” behind-the-scenes fun will run during the ending credits! Don’t say we didn’t share ;)
Produced by award-winning producer Suzanne Todd (from “Alice Through The Looking Glass”), “Bad Moms” is slated to be released in Malaysian cinemas on 28th July 2016.