At this point, it’s become almost laughable just how intense the mommy wars have become. The need to always defend your parenting decisions. The feeling that you’re never quite doing enough. The ever-elusive quest to be “the perfect mom” in the eyes of everyone. It’s exhausting. And yet, in many ways, it’s a pressure most moms would admit they’re putting on themselves and each other.
But have you ever stopped to wonder what would happen if you opted out? If you just stopped trying to be perfect every. single. day? And I don’t just mean in big ways; I mean in small ways, too. As in, not feeling a crushing wave of guilt for being the mom who picked up store-bought donut holes instead of waking up at 4 AM to make Pinterest-worthy gluten-free brownies. As in, not apologizing for missing 90% of the PTA meetings this year, because you had to work. Or showing up late to school pick-up with chocolate smeared on your shirt and your hair in a messy bun, while everyone else appeared perfectly-coiffed and showered.
So goes the premise to Kristen Bell and Mila Kunis’ upcoming summer flick, Bad Moms, which hits theaters July 29 and aims to drill this mantra into our heads once and for all: Motherhood is effing hard — and it’s time we all gave each other (and ourselves) a damn break.
The trailer, which dropped on YouTube Monday, has something of a Hangover-meets-Mean Girls feel in all the right ways. In other words: It’s freakin’ hilarious. But that’s no big surprise — it was actually written by the comedy duo behind The Hangover, Jon Lucas and Scott Moore.
In it, Kunis stars as Amy, a mom who seems to have it all: a rock solid marriage, over-achieving kids, a gorgeous home, and an enviable career. (You know, all the standard things that would make you irrationally jealous.) But of course, there’s just one catch: She’s coming apart at the seams. And it doesn’t help matters that she’s constantly feeling criticized by one particularly overbearing PTA mom, Gwendolyn (played by the always awesome Christina Applegate).
After one especially rough day — and a few harsh judgments from Gwendolyn — Kunis bands together with Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn, who play two fellow moms who are also fed up with trying to be perfect all the time. Together, they hatch a plan to “overthrow” Gwendolyn and her posse — in what appears to be a very “Moms Gone Wild” sorta way.
It’s all rather ridiculous yet hilarious. Better call your sitter now, ’cause this is definitely worth scheduling two months in advance — and rounding up all your best mom friends — to see.