Long before I had ever thought about writing a book or creating an e-course or even becoming a family wellness coach. The feelings of loneliness in motherhood is real and it’s not anything to be ashamed about — you are just living and doing what you need to do. But, it might be that rigid “We have to be in bed by 8 p.m” that’s keeping you from connecting to others. When I became a mother, her kids were school-age and she was dealing with homework battles and friendship dramas.
And then of course, there are her actual children, who she brings to school with perfectly packed lunch boxes containing sandwiches with peanut butter, without the peanuts.
Yet Amy can’t escape the follies of youth, and Bad Moms truly gets started after the kids are out of sight.
Amy is approached by a clique of PTA-moms led by Gwendolyn (Christina Applegate), the bossy, mean mom at school who determines which ingredients can be used for the bake sale (almost nothing) to which teachers get to keep their jobs (no one who stands in her way).
She is accompanied by uptight Stacy (Jada Pinkett Smith), and minion Vicki (Annie Mumolo), who isn’t the brightest crayon in the box.
But Bad Moms shouldn’t be seen as a movie about motherhood, though no doubt many mothers will visit the cinema in search for a sense of camaraderie.
Instead, Bad Moms should be considered as the latest iteration in a long legacy of clique movies like Heathers, Clueless and Mean Girls—the moms here are simply girls who have graduated high school. An outsider, in this case Amy, emerges to challenge the throne of the Queen Bee, Gwendolyn, whose face is composed to the point of bursting.A series of spaghetti and cam-sex filled incidents drives Amy and fellow moms Kiki (Kristen Bell) and Carla (Kathryn Hahn) to the brink, and they decide to go on a quest to liberate themselves from their domestic demands and bring down the ruling PTA-clique.The movie has been criticized, and rightfully so, for its failure to portray motherhood faithfully: These are upper-middle class parents who can afford to pay nannies, and their children are shoved off-screen whenever it’s convenient.This doesn’t mean put your house up for sale, by the way. It makes for happier kids and even happier families. When my best friend from high school had her kids, I was totally 100 percent single and working 60-hours a week as a new journalist. You need one-on-one conversations not full-blown moms night out events. And while you want friendship, being out and about is exhausting for you. It’s holding it all together for someone who says she’s got it held together just fine on her own.