Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn Celebrate Bad Moms
As working moms in real life, Kathryn Hahn, Kristen Bell and Mila Kunis could relate immediately to their characters in “Bad Moms,” a wild comedy from the “Hangover” writers about stressed-out mothers who finally stop trying to be perfect in every way. That the newly liberated women then party hard, drive fast, chug milk from the carton and – gasp – bring store-bought food to the PTA bake sale shows that this is no ordinary mom movie, they say.
“I haven’t seen anything that takes the expectations and just kind of like blows it up,” Hahn tells Made in Hollywood reporter Julie Harkness Arnold. “It just feels cathartic in a way that doesn’t feel sugar-coated in any way.”
Bell says that many mom movies play it too safe. “You see that in a movie where a woman or a mom try to be perfect, she goes through a hardship and by the end, she is perfect,” she says. “You don’t see a lot of movies where women are trying to be perfect and then they throw in the towel and by the end they realized: You know what, it’s cool that I’m not perfect.”
How Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell Made Their Bad Moms Feel Real
And while their characters go to the extremes for the sake of comedy, the actresses say each feels genuine. “I know I related to my character,” says Kunis. “I know I related to every other character in this movie. I think I am very much a little bit of all of these women combined. … I think these stereotypes exist for a reason because we all relate to them.”
“They come across real because we all felt it,” adds Bell. “They’re identifiable characters. Even though they’re stereotyped for the comedy in the movie, we’ve all felt those emotions at one point or another and I think that’s why they came across so funny but also so heartfelt and honest.”
This honesty infuses the movie, they say, even though it was written by two men, Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, best known for probing the depths of male depravity in the “Hangover” films.
Kunis says Lucas and Moore, who also directed, were open to input from the actresses. “I think they actually really nailed it in the writing and they allowed all of us to have our opinions,” she says.
Bell says, “This movie was written and directed by two men who were 100 percent accurate and open and honest about the female experience of raising kids, and not only that, they didn’t become egotistical about what they had written. They asked us questions and we would add things and they’d say, ‘Oh, maybe change it to that, if that’s more personal to you.'”
Hahn says she thinks she knows how they pulled it off: “They’ve got rad, rad wives.”