Throughout the 2000s, Hollywood saw the rise of bromance comedy - raunchy films focused on the close friendships of men, such as The Hangover, Anchorman, I Love You, Man, and Step Brothers. Directors like Judd Apatow, as well as actors including Seth Rogen and Will Ferrell, have helped to popularize this particular branch of comedy. However, this summer's Bad Moms put a new spin on the bromance comedy by featuring a close group of female friends - specifically, as the title implies, moms.
Starring Mila Kunis (Jupiter Ascending), Kristen Bell (The Good Place), and Kathryn Hahn (Transparent), Bad Moms followed the overworked, overstressed, and overburdened suburban mothers who pushed back against the perfect moms of the PTA. Although Bad Moms received largely middling reviews, it was a financial success. As a result, STX Entertainment is reuniting the bad moms for a sequel.
Bell announced the sequel, titled A Bad Moms Christmas, on Twitter along with a November 3, 2017 release date, giving STX less than a year until the film's debut. Additionally, STX confirmed Bell, Kunis, and Hahn will reprise their roles, with the duo of Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (The Hangover) again taking on scripting and directing duties. Take a look at the Bad Moms Christmas annoucement video:
— Kristen Bell (@IMKristenBell) December 24, 2016
When Bad Moms debuted this summer, it received unenthused reviews from critics, with the film currently maintaining a 59 percent on Rotten Tomatoes -- though the number is somewhat improved in the audience score, holding a 67 percent. However, Bad Moms earned $180 million at the worldwide box office on a budget of $20 million, positioning it as a resounding success for STX. In terms of this success, Chairman of the STX Entertainment Motion Picture Group Adam Fogelson said of the sequel:
This is a brand that has enormous goodwill all over the world, so expanding and extending the Bad Moms franchise in an authentic and irreverent way has been a priority for our team. Jon and Scott have a truly hysterical story that was pure perfection. Mila, Kristen and Kathryn are excited to re-team, and we will move forward with A Bad Moms Christmas on a similar time table and in much the same way in which we produced the original.
Building off the success of Bad Moms, though, A Bad Moms Christmas isn't the only followup STX has planned for their 2016 summer hit. Earlier this year, it was confirmed a spinoff titled Bad Dads is in the works and aiming for a July 2017 release. At that time, STX revealed plans for a whole franchise of content based around the premise of Bad Moms. Of course, whether that premise can sustain a whole franchise remains to be seen, but for those who enjoyed the comedy of Bad Moms, both Bad Dads and A Bad Moms Christmas will hit theaters next year.
Bad Dads will hit U.S. theaters July 14, 2017, with A Bad Moms Christmas arriving November 3, 2017.
Source: Twitter, STX