Prior to seeing “Bad Moms”, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect! There hasn’t really been a comedy speaking to the struggles of motherhood, so I had no pre-conceived notions heading into the screening. I was quite frankly, blown away!
“Bad Moms” is one of the best comedy films I’ve ever seen, not just due to the talented cast, but because the movie felt so relatable and genuine to mothers. The movie definitely made me feel better about my own ups and downs I experience in motherhood, and I was laughing non-stop!
I had the incredible opportunity to attend interviews with some of the cast and crew and spend an afternoon talking motherhood with Bad Moms; Mila Kunis, Katherine Hahn, Christina Applegate, Annie Mumolo, as well as producer Suzanne Todd, and writers/directors Jon Lucas & Scott Moore.
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Talking Motherhood with Bad Moms Mila Kunis and Katherine Hahn
We first sat down with Mila Kunis and Kathryn Hahn, who were just as funny and delightful off-screen as on! And us bloggers got to discover that Kunis is a mommy blogging fan:
Q: Since you have younger kids, how were you able to make the struggles of dealing with school-age politics in the film so relatable?
Mila Kunis: You know, it didn't take much research. I think we all kind of have someone like that in our lives. I just don't have that in a school atmosphere. I do go to mommy blogs, which is why I asked about where everybody was from and I think that 60 percent of them are great. Forty percent out of it ends up being like those moms. [Referring to Applegate’s character]
For me, I kind of had a little bit of experience through the blogs that I found thoroughly entertaining. I never took it to heart. Everything I saw I was like, wow, these women are crazy. It's fascinating. It's really fascinating because somebody will ask a really simple question in your opinion, like, “I'm getting a new car seat. What's the best car seat?”
You see the genuine answers, and then you see the moms just going at each other. It's great. I mean for entertainment purposes, it's great. But for real life, ladies, let's just all relax for one second and be nice to one another. But, on a pure entertainment level, that's kind of how I learned I guess. You deal with it daily.
Q: Female roles in outrageous comedies tend to be relegated to a girlfriend or a sidekick. Did you find it empowering to have a script that was so funny and relatable and written specifically from a female perspective?
Kathryn Hahn: I feel like had I not been lucky enough to be in this movie, I would have been so excited to see it. I would have started an e-mail chain and got all my mommy pals. I just feel like, so often moms and mommies in movies are kind of painted with like a saintly glow around them, and we know that that's just not the truth. We've got so much more complexity than anyone could–so, I was so excited to just to see mommyhood examined from the way that we all know it, or at least would love to experience.
I know there's a ton of wish fulfillment in this particular movie. Like, it would be real. So much of it looks like a ball, like this afternoon. Like, how decadent does this feel? And we deserve it, damn it. Yes. Yes. I have a six-year-old and a nine-year-old, and you guys are obviously the cool bloggers and the chill bloggers, and I found it really, really helpful especially because my parents don’t live in LA.
It's not the same culture where your mom comes over to help you babysit. At least, I wasn't lucky enough for that. So, you depend on your pals or other amazing women that are going through it or have gone through it. You can't do it by yourself, it takes a village. I think this movie is such an awesome message of the solidarity, like, we're all in it together. We can't just lessen those expectations.
Q: What’s something that you learned after becoming a mom that you never would have thought would have been a thing?
Kathryn Hahn: What I didn't expect was that feeling that life is impossible, inevitable heartbreak of knowing how short it is. I heard everyone say it's so fast, and my mom would say, “The days are long. The years are short.” and all this crap, and I didn't really know what that meant until I experienced it.
Mila Kunis: Yes, I think I've said this before. The truest form of unconditional love. I love my husband. I thought that was to me the most purest sense of love. I love this human being. I love my parents. This is love. And maybe it was the hormones, but I remember after giving birth to Wyatt that I looked at her and I was like, oh, my God, I would murder someone for you. I couldn't get over truly how much I love this little, tiny, little human that I've had only for a couple of hours to the point when we were leaving the hospital and I looked at the nurse, and I was like I'm really allowed to take the baby home? And they're like, well, we don't want it.
I thought it was so great that the cast members were all actually moms, hearing Kunis and Hahn speak about motherhood seemed very tangible to me as a mother. It goes to show that although all of our families and personalities are different, us mothers still have many of the same feelings, fears, joys, and struggles.
The Real Bad Moms – Christina Applegate and Annie Mumolo
Next, we got to interview cast members Christina Applegate and Annie Mumolo, who played two of the nemesis moms to Kunis’ and Hahn’s characters:
Q: What are your favorite memories of the film?
Christina Applegate: Talking with all the girls in a circle in our chairs about politics and our children. That was the conversation every day. It went back and forth from being a mother and politics, mother, politics, mother, politics, mother, politics. They kind of go hand in hand because one's going to form the future for our offspring as well.
Q: What’s your least favorite mom job?
Christina Applegate: It's real hard to wake up. Waking up is real rough, and I'm trying to have a better attitude with it. Sometimes she would come in, and she'd be like, morning, Mama. I'd just be like hi. I'm like, oh, my God, that's horrible. That's like the first thing she sees is me just like resenting the fact that she's waking me up 15 minutes before my alarm has gone off. So, I'm trying to be kinder in the mornings, and I also say to her you do have a father. He's on the other side of the bed. That's my hardest part, is starting the day. But once I'm up, you know, I'm good.
Annie Mumolo: Mine's the hours between 4:30 and bedtime. The dinner, to the bath, to the books, to the brush your teeth, to get in your pajamas, to the bed, that whole thing to me, I need breaks in the middle. I go in my closet. I take a few minutes of breathing. There's wine. There's little mini breaks of checking out and then checking back in and then regrouping and okay. We got to get to the bath.
When I know they're coming home from school now, I start getting a little–you know, it's that whole, all right, how many more activities can we do to–what time are you coming home? But, it's that and when you get to Thursday, and we're having find your dinner. Your dinner is somewhere in this kitchen. It's whatever you want it to be. You're five. You can do it. You're nine. You can do the whole rest of the night. Read to him. That's it. Then by Friday, everyone's like animals. Then, yes, we start over on Monday. But, that afternoon to evening thing, right?
(Yes, as a mom I can definitely relate to the early morning and mid-evening struggles.)
Q: As moms, which scene in the movie did you most relate to?
Annie Mumolo: I liked when they were at the bar, and this might say a little too much information about me, but when they're like let's be bad moms. Then they make the decision to let go of all the pressure and the trying to be perfect and just let's take a minute for ourselves because it's a wish fulfillment thing, at least for me, that, you know?
It was fantastic getting to hear how these down-to-earth celebrities were so relatable to us as moms, and it really showed through on-screen!
We were then able to listen to the writer/director team Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, along with the film’s producer Suzanne Todd:
The Inspiration behind Bad Moms
Q: Who was your main source of inspiration in terms of writing about mom culture and getting into the minds of moms?
Scott Moore: Jon and I are both married, and we both have two kids. When we were trying to come up with a movie, we're just basically sitting at home. We each have a home office, and we're sitting at home trying, racking our brains, and just watching our wives in this stressed-out life trying to be a great parent.
We're like, maybe that's a good thing for a movie. So, the inspiration was basically our wives. We spent a lot of time talking to them and talking to their friends, and throwing parties and having a bunch of moms over and a bunch of red wine, and stories would just start flowing.
Jon Lucas: It's not super hard to get moms to talk about how they feel about being a mom. It was great. The best part about out it was I actually feel like I understand my wife far better because so much happens that I don't notice, if that makes any sense, or I don't see.
Q: What do you hope that people will take from this movie after they see it?
Scott Moore: The big one for me is just to do less, and that doing less is okay, and maybe this is a uniquely dad point of view, but our wives and all the moms that are in our social circle that I know work so hard, and they do so many things, and is there a way to maybe do 5 percent less and spend 5 percent maybe more time taking care of yourself or hanging out with your kids or just having a little more fun in your life.
I think it's gotten so crazy what the expectations are. Again, it makes for great comedy so I'm grateful for that. We got a movie out of it. But, it's irrational how much moms are expected to do.
Suzanne Todd: Outside they have that Nike motto that says “Just do it.” We joke that we wanted to make t-shirts that said just do less, right? Or, just do less and enjoy it more, right? Because enjoying time with your kids is more important than making the perfect lunch.
(I loved that the film had this message—being a mom today can certainly be overwhelming. But as Todd says, the most important thing is that we spend time with and love our kids.)
About “Bad Moms”
“Bad Moms” tells the story of Amy (Kunis) and her unlikely mom friends, who work together to liberate the over-stressed moms at their children’s school. They strive to find the balance of being a “bad mom” and being there for their children, all the while battling it out with perfect mom Gwendolyn (Applegate). The film is from writer/director team Scott Moore and Jon Lucas, who wrote “The Hangover”.
“Bad Moms” comes to theaters July 29th, and is definitely a must-see moms-night-out film! Visit the Official “Bad Moms” Website. Like “Bad Moms” on Facebook. Follow “Bad Moms” on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Don't forget to get you tickets here!
Portions of this material has been provided courtesy of STX Entertainment.