The gang from the surprise comedy hit Bad Moms are rebelling against perfect Christmases in the new red band trailer for A Bad Moms Christmas. Bad Moms stars Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn are joined this time around by bad grandmas Susan Sarandon, Cheryl Hines and Christine Baranski.
The first Bad Moms was released in late July 2016 as comedy counter-programming and must have hit the spot for a lot of over-worked moms, as it went on to gross $113 million domestically. A Bad Moms Christmas brings back the writing and directing team of Jon Lucas and Scott Moore in hopes that audiences will be down for a holiday-themed take on the stresses of motherhood, sprinkled with lots of profanity and risqué humor.
A few months after the first red band trailer dropped, a second red band trailer for A Bad Moms Christmas has been released by STX Entertainment (see video above). The clip begins with a standard Christmas tune and cheerful holiday images, but things quickly take a turn into typical Bad Moms territory (think kids dropping F-bombs). Our moms are once again over-loaded with the stresses of managing family life, which only get worse during the holidays. How can their lives get even more impossible? If their own mothers show up to re-kindle long-standing family issues.
The twist of having the bad moms' own moms arrive allows for the casting of three tremendous comedic actors in Sarandon, Baranski and Hines. Sarandon plays the apparent pothead mother of Hahn's character, Hines is Kristen Bell's creepily over-attached mom and Baranski is Kunis' insanely over-bearing mother who wants to invite 184 people over for a Christmas party. Wanda Sykes and Peter Gallagher also show up, but the most memorable appearance (at least in the trailer) is made by This is Us actor Justin Hartley, who becomes Hahn's hunky love-interest after a very intimate (and sort of gross) encounter.
The trailer promises that the formula isn't being changed up much over the first Bad Moms: Stress gets these moms down and instead of just giving in, they're going to fight back. Much like the original film, a lot will depend on the natural charms of the cast, who are being asked to sell a lot of pretty broad, fairly profane comedy. 2017 has been a mixed year for R-rated comedies headlined by female casts: Girls Trip was a surprise hit but Scarlett Johansson's Rough Night and Amy Schumer's Snatched both disappointed.
Previous movies like National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and Bad Santa have taken a similar low-brow approach to knocking the starch out of the holidays and become unlikely seasonal staples. Can A Bad Moms Christmas take its place as a great anti-Christmas comedy?
Source: STX Entertainment
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