Poor all round
A Bad Moms Christmas boasts some of the most forced, pointless and groan-worthy humour the big screen has seen this year. It feels overly produced and overly scrutinised as it tries to win over the audience with cheap laughs and generic storytelling.
Christmas is difficult enough on its own for Amy, Kiki, and Carla (Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn) without relatives turning up unexpectedly. Yet, that’s exactly what happens when each of their Mothers (Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines, and Susan Sarandon) turn up at their doors during the height of the festive period. Trying to keep everyone happy, the trio find themselves in all sorts of mix-ups, leading to a Christmas Eve Climax.
Rather than pushing the same joke over and over again, A Bad Moms Christmas would have been far better off looking for relatable and heartfelt moments to win around an audience. There is often a huge lack of thought in the unfolding sequences and no actual continuity or substance to the film.
It’s essentially an unfunny sequel with weak characters, a weak story and such a generic set of jokes. It’s a waste of time, and doesn’t even work as a particularly Christmassy adventure. Poor all round.