A Bad Moms Christmas Review

The first Bad Moms managed to greatly exceed box office expectations last year, and despite its cookie-cutter premise and execution it turned out to still be an enjoyable time at the movies. Most of that was thanks to the strong chemistry between its three leads, Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and a standout Kathryn Hahn, with the three women cast as the titular bad moms looking for some kind of escape from their chaotic daily routines. So it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that a sequel was fast-tracked, or that it’s been packaged as both a follow-up to the first and a Christmas-themed comedy.

For what it’s worth too, the film’s holiday setting does help to give it a slightly different energy than the first. But like many other sequels that have come before it, A Bad Moms Christmas makes the classic mistake of thinking the addition of several new characters and subplots is the same thing as building off of the first film’s story in any meaningful way. While those new additions come in the form of talented veteran stars like Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines, Susan Sarandon, and Peter Gallagher, the film’s decision to shift the focus away from the relationship of its original three women to their tattered bonds with their even worse mothers results in a disappointingly uneven and scattershot comedy.

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