Being excited about Christmas when we can’t get through Thanksgiving is sad enough. And it’s been a year since we saw our favorite moms get crazy, R-rated fun with having the holiday spirit in A Bad Moms Christmas. Because that’s a sequel everybody asked for.
Under-appreciated and overburdened moms Amy (Mila Kunis), Kiki (Kristen Bell), and Carla (Kathryn Hahn) come to realize that Christmas is hard working for them, and they decided to take it back for themselves. But it might not be that way since their respective mothers Ruth (Christine Baranski), Sandy (Cheryl Hines), and Isis (Susan Sarandon) come to visit them for the holidays.
If there was any excitement that’s going toward this sequel, it wasn’t coming from me. I’m in the minority when I say the first Bad Moms, released back in 2016, was terrible. But this was a sleeper hit at the box office and audiences seemed to enjoy it. And now we have a sequel 18 months later? If that’s not called rushing, I don’t know what is. Hasn’t anybody told the people involved with this that you don’t make the follow-up with a Christmas centric story? Take a lesson from the Vacation (Christmas Vacation) and Harold & Kumar series (A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas). But was A Bad Moms Christmas better predecessor? Yes, but very little since it’s a comedy franchise that I don’t get the appeal over.
Jon Lucas and Scott Moore came back to direct and write the movie, and it still suffers from the same problems from before. The plot from before didn’t carry on anything laugh out loud. Just take the moms are taking it back and put it during the holidays, while also adding in their moms. It’s even predictable where everything’s going where there’s a lesson at the end that we already know by now. This has the exact same plot of Daddy’s Home 2 (at least this was more tolerable).
My biggest takeaway from the original is that this has a talented cast of funny females capable of providing some laughs here and there. Kunis, Bell, and Hahn are what made with an easy watch for a lot of people who are fans of them, including myself. But again, all of them have been in better comedies than this.
Switching over the mothers of the mothers: They were alright. Baranski’s Ruth was perhaps my favorite out of the new trio, but she was very unlikable in the first half on the counter ability that she wants to have the perfect Christmas for Amy in the most snobby way; Hines’ Sandy is the kind of mother that is textbook definition of a clingy mother who wants to be just like Kiki, it’s creepy, and Sarandon’s Isis is that typical mother who shows up after years of not seeing Carla because she might want money from her.
Lucky enough, unlike the first film where I only chuckle twice, here, it managed to make it up to three chuckles. These jokes aren’t that well written enough to be hilarious. Not everything that involves saying the f-word, montages, or dick jokes is always funny; that’s just lazy raunchy, humor that some won’t appreciate.
Moments, where it was trying to have heart, is barely there. A few moments do have something sweet, and then that sentimental value gets thrown about the window, in my opinion.
In the end, A Bad Moms Christmas ended up being crappy just as I thought. For someone who’s not a fan of the original, this just wasn’t cheerful enough to make me care about anything and just think of why we needed this. The reason is that the first made $113 million domestically. But it’s a comedy sequel, so you can’t expect greatness from this. There’s no way this belongs in the group of rare comedy sequels that are good.
A Bad Moms Christmas might be a mild improvement over the first film, but it tries too hard to gain laughs for this holiday sequel.