Are you thinking of getting a group of your mom friends out of the house to blow off some steam and watch the new A Bad Moms Christmas Movie? There are so many good reasons to do this: to get some quality girl time, to feel better about your own parenting, or to just dip out on making dinner.
I was invited to just such an outing recently and I was super excited about it! I was excited to drive in the car without listening to Frozen (yes, the two-year-old recently discovered it so here we go again). Or without someone screaming they want to listen to Frozen while the rest of us try to listen to a story. I was excited to see my friends and maybe get crazy and have an uninterrupted conversation with them! And I was excited to go to the movies because I LOVE going to the movies.
I knew going in that it wasn’t going to be an Oscar Nominee, but I was sure there would be some good laughs. And for the record, I am not a tough critic. I am totally fine with suspending reality for the sake of entertainment. But even as a mom who can go days speaking only in meows to communicate with her toddler the kitty can only stretch so far. I did laugh a couple of times, but mostly, I was offended.
Sure, the comedy is crude, but I really don’t give a f— uh, a darn about that. It WASN’T funny!!! It’s offensive because the people who made this movie clearly believe that just because I am a mom I must have completely lost my sense of humor, therefore you can say and do anything. Put “Mom” in the title and I will be ALL in. Also, just to add insult to injury, I have never seen so many slow-mo music montages in my life.
The worst part is, it’s not like there is a lack of material. My friends and I tell stories all the time and I am in tears! Motherhood is raw, terrifying, disgusting, and many times HILARIOUS. After all: vomit in your face + time = comedy.
Here’s how I picture the meeting at the studio went…
“Our first movie was a hit, so this time, let’s add Christmas (moms eat that up) and we will score again. After all, we have this captive audience who is dying to get out of the house for any reason. I’ve heard that a trip to the dentist is like a spa vacation to them now. So really ALL we have to do is create something “just for them” market it as funny and even a little rebellious, you know how deprived they are, and they will be lining up with all their mom friends in tow.” Just like I did.
Bottom line from the Studio Execs, “you are a mom and your sense of humor went out the window along with your ability to pee alone.” Enjoy!
Skip the movie, pop some corn, circle round with your mom friends and tell your own stories, you are guaranteed to have more laughs! But if you are dying to see “A Bad Moms Christmas” for yourself, just take those low expectations and push them down. Nope, lower. There ya go. Now, practice finding joy and humor in the mundane. Ever had to do that before!?