STX Entertainment’s Bad Moms stars Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Christina Applegate, Kathyrn Hahn, and Jada Pinkette Smith. Can you keep up with the expectations of being perfect? Being that mom who cooks every meal from scratch, photographs it then posts it on Pinterest for the whole world to digest? The Mom that just isn’t “in” with the in-crowd at their kid’s school? Well, this movie is the mother of under-appreciated moms. The overworked “Bad Moms” and the militant PTA “good Moms” go head-to-head in this hilarious comedy.
So, let me clarify, being a “bad mom” doesn’t mean neglecting your family, it just means that you have to cut yourself some slack. Accept that we’re going to make mistakes and it’s okay to make time for yourself and it’s okay to say no to people with unrealistic expectations of you.
I attended a celebration of the movie with Kathyrn Hahn and Mila Kunis who shared an “Oops Mommy” moment with attendees and Chrisinta Applegate along with Annie Mumolo talked about their least favorite Mom jobs. Make sure you read this until the end ‘cuzz I share mine too!
After meeting a slew of celebrities, It’s refreshing to hear that even celebrity moms have the same fears, insecurities like the rest of us who make mistakes and aren’t perfect.
Have you had an “Oops” moment?
Kathryn Hahn: “Okay, my son was maybe a half a year old, not even. I keep making him younger as it kind of makes me feel better. He was crying so hard, I did not know. I kept asking, ‘What’s the matter? What’s the matter?’ I was checking his fingers and toes. I didn’t know what it was. He wouldn’t eat. I finally changed his diaper, and one of my hairs had wrapped itself around his nuts like five times.
I almost castrated my child. That was a good moment (as she downs her mimosa.) He’ll be thrilled I told it.”
Mila Kunis: “Wyatt was like seven, eight months old and I was driving to visit my husband at work. Driving with an eight month old for a couple hours is like going on a road trip.
So, you have to pack all this stuff up in anticipation of everything going horribly wrong with the first baby. I put her in the car. I’m driving down the 101. And I was like ‘Oh, my God, I’m doing really good today.’ And she was being really quiet. I look in the rearview mirror to make sure everything’s okay. And I look, and she’s happy as can be, but just not strapped in.
And I was like, ‘Oh, fuck me’. And I’m on the 101 and she’s just fine in her car seat, but no strap whatsoever. I think I just turned white. I pulled over. I calmly crawled in the backseat, strapped her in, continued to drive, and thought- ‘I’m never talking about this story to anybody ever.’ Lesson learned.
I literally pull up to my husband’s work and just burst out crying. I was like, ‘I fucked up. I fucked up.’ And lo and behold, a year later, like a month ago, I came to get Wyatt out of the backseat of the car (my husband put her in). I opened the car door, and she’s not strapped in whatsoever. And I was like thank God. I was so excited that I wasn’t alone.
And everybody’s fine. Everybody lived. It’s only a little bit illegal. But, I made a little bit of a mess up.”
Me / That’s IT LA: “My daughter did some modeling when she was little. One day before a job, she took a long nap in the car before the gig. I woke her up, she seemed a little cranky and felt a little warm. I assumed she was groggy from the nap. We walked into the studio- she had hair, makeup as well as wardrobe done. She got on set but didn’t want to do anything. She wouldn’t smile, she wouldn’t let anyone touch her and they let us go early. I was embarrassed (isn’t that awful??). She still seemed warm when I got home so I decided to take her temperature, which turned out to be 104! I rushed her to the ER room. I felt absolutely terrible that I couldn’t read her fever better or know that something was wrong. I was wrapped up in the ‘gig’! She was only 13 or 14 months.“
What is your least favorite “Mom” job?
Ms. Christina Applegate: “It’s real hard to wake up. Waking up is real rough, and I’m trying to have a better attitude with it because sometimes my daughter would come in, and she’d say, ‘Morning, Mama.’ And I’d just be like ‘Hi’. Oh, my God, that’s horrible. That’s like the first thing she sees is me just like resenting the fact that she’s waking me up 15 minutes before my alarm has gone off, like shoving a doll in my face, ‘There’s a string, Mom. Wake up. Mom, mom, there’s a string. You need to cut it.’
I say, ‘Is it seven o’clock, Sadie?’ So, I’m trying to be kinder in the mornings, and I also say to her you do have a father. He’s on the other side of the bed. He knows where the scissors are as well. So, I will have this nice conversation with her, ‘Honey, you can totally go ask Dad to do it, or to get breakfast or anything like that because, you know, we both were asleep. So, that’s okay.’
She’s like, ‘Oh, yes, I will.’ Next morning, 5:40am- ‘Mom, I can’t find Cheetah’. So, that’s my hardest part, is starting the day. But, once I’m up, you know, I’m good.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: “Mine is the hours between 4:30pm and bedtime. The dinner to the bath to the books to the brush your teeth to get in your pajamas to the bed. That whole thing to me, I need breaks in the middle. I go in my closet. I take a few minutes and breathe. There’s also wine. There are little mini breaks, checking out and then checking back in and then like regrouping.
It’s that and when you get to Thursday, and it’s like we’re having ‘Find your dinner’. Your dinner is somewhere in this kitchen. It’s whatever you want it to be. And then by Friday, everyone’s like animals. And then, yes, we start over on Monday.”
Tee / That’s IT LA – “Making lunches for my daughter is one of my least favorite ‘Mom’ jobs. I’m not creative at it and I usually pack the same lunch made up of a PB&J sandwich, carrots, a snack and water. I’ve turned to Pinterest (again with the Pinterest) and tried to recreate amazing panda-shaped sushi or make my own granola. My creations should make it on a ‘Nailed IT’ list. I would buy my daughter a school lunch but it costs like $5 per day. The food isn’t that great and that should be on a ‘Nailed IT’ list as well. $5 for a school lunch???”