Bring on the BAD! Bad Moms that is! Earlier this month I got to attend a very special screening of Bad Moms, plus interview part of the cast, directors, and producer. I can’t wait to take my girlfriends and co-workers to go see this movie. Sometimes you want to just PARTY LIKE A MOTHER (okay, so I probably won’t party as hard as they did in this movie…but I love the fact that it helped me realize that it’s okay NOT to be the perfect mother all of the time).
BAD MOMS – In Theaters July 29
In this new comedy from the grateful husbands and devoted fathers who wrote The Hangover, Amy has a seemingly perfect life – a great marriage, over-achieving kids, beautiful home and a career. However she’s over-worked, over-committed and exhausted to the point that she’s about to snap.
Fed up, she joins forces with two other over-stressed moms on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities – going on a wild, un-mom-like binge of long overdue freedom, fun and self-indulgence – putting them on a collision course with PTA Queen Bee Gwendolyn and her clique of devoted perfect moms.
Bad Moms Junket
Ms. Christina Applegate and Ms. Annie Mumolo
July 8, 2016
Does your PTC have cliques? Do you have the “perfect mom,” “clueless mom,” “single mom,” and the “fed up mom”? I was thrilled to sit down with 2 amazing women…Christina Applegate (who plays the PTA Queen Bee Gwendolyn) and Annie Mumolo (who plays the clueless mom).
When Christina and Annie walked onto the patio where all of the bloggers were waiting Annie said, “Oh, fun. Oh, my gosh. It feels like a weird baby shower, wedding shower. The room looks all decorated, coordinating tablecloths.” Christina and Annie were loving the decor, desserts, mimosas…and donut holes! One of the bloggers offered Christina a donut hole…and her response was what she said during the bake sale scene…
Ms. Christina Applegate: Oh, thank you. I might. No MSG. No BHA. No soy. No sesame, and when I did that scene, they’re like can you add like five or six more? I was like I can barely get through the list of like 10 in my mind, and I had to make up like other weird things.
Watching Christina and Annie banter between each other was hysterical! They fed off each other. You could tell they enjoyed working together. When we interviewed Mila Kunis, she mentioned the great chemistry that the cast all had. We wanted to know what their favorite memories from the filming were.
Ms. Christina Applegate: Talking with all the girls in a circle in our chairs about politics and our children. That was the conversation every day. It went back and forth from being a mother and politics, mother, politics, mother, politics, mother, politics. They kind of go hand in hand because one’s going to form the future for our offspring as well.
They spoke of the time where everyone got sick. It seems that Annie got the worst of the illness.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: I died a little. I died. But, no, everybody was so supportive. Like, I was very sick, and Jada [Pinkett Smith] was sick, and Christina sent this big box of hot toddy mix, and which I drank the whole thing.
Ms. Christina Applegate: You were like, you could text me. Like, I don’t even need the tea. You’re like I’m just going to have the whiskey.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: I didn’t drink the tea. It was the whiskey. I thought if I’m going to die tonight, I’m going to go down good. I’m going down good. Yes. Yes. Drunk.
As an actress, we were wondering where they got their inspiration for their characters. Was it from their own real-life situations? Or did they find inspiration elsewhere?
Ms. Christina Applegate: If I tell you, I’ll have to kill you, especially in my case. There’s a Gwendolyn everywhere you go, you know? There’s the mom that you look to and that you like can’t believe that they like made those cupcakes and they had the time to make them with figurines and like sparklers coming out of them. And how do they do that? And then they always look good and smell good. I roll up to school with like hair that I haven’t washed in seven days, and my toenails are disgusting, and that’s the best I could do, and my daughter hasn’t brushed her hair in three days.
And you’re always a tossup of like brush teeth, brush hair, brush teeth, just teeth. Teeth is more important than brushing the hair before we get out of the house because that takes about 20 minutes of brush your teeth, brush your teeth, brush your teeth please. Put that down please. Please brush your teeth. Please brush your teeth. That’s my morning. That’s every day. That was today. That was 7:00 AM. Brush your teeth, Sadie. Brush them. Brush them. Brush them. Brush them. Brush them.
Ms. Christina Applegate: But, I mean we can all relate to knowing a Gwendolyn, knowing a Vicky [Annie Mumolo], knowing an Amy [Mila Kunis], knowing a Carla [Kathryn Hahn], knowing, you know, a Kiki. We’re all them, you know?
Ms. Annie Mumolo: The Gwendolyn is the one that looks you up and down, though. You get like the, hi, yes. Yes. Oh, my god. I don’t know how I did this.
Ms. Christina Applegate: Yes.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: You’re cute, though.
Ms. Christina Applegate: Who has a blowout seriously at drop off?
Ms. Annie Mumolo: In their tennis outfit.
Ms. Christina Applegate: I’m like–.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: –I’m just saying–.
Ms. Christina Applegate: –You don’t have a blowout. Did you go to dry bar like at 5:00 this morning to make your fucking hair look that nice? Like, if you asked me if I have lice, I wouldn’t know because my hair’s so damn dirty. Do you know what I mean?
Ms. Annie Mumolo: Which is good for your hair, by the way–.
Ms. Christina Applegate: –It is–.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: –To not wash it.
Ms. Christina Applegate: It is really good. That’s what we tell ourselves.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: Good for your hair.
Ms. Christina Applegate: Comb your own oils through.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: It’s better. It’s better.
Ms. Christina Applegate: Sometimes it gets so oily, I’m like I just got out of the shower, you guys.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: Yes.
Ms. Christina Applegate: It’s not wet. Literally dirt.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: I do a lot of hats, though, to–.
Ms. Christina Applegate: –You do?
Ms. Annie Mumolo: I just put a hat over it.
Ms. Christina Applegate: Yes. I have a couple of fedoras that I wear for big parties.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: Yes, like how much of my head can it cover? Okay, we’re losing–are we off track?
Ms. Christina Applegate: We’ve gone–.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: –We’ve gone off track–.
Ms. Christina Applegate: –We’ve gone off the rails.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: Oh.
Ms. Christina Applegate: It’s the Annie and Christina Show.
There is no cookie cutter mom…no one type of mother in the world. However, we all can relate to the different types of moms. At times, I think we are all of them. There are moments that I feel like the “perfect mom,” and times I feel like the “fed up mom.” I have friends that are the “clueless mom” (but I won’t name any names…that might get me in trouble) and the “single mom.”
The entire cast were moms…so we wanted to know what was their 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 she would come in, and she’d be like, morning, Mama. And I’d just be like hi. And I’m like, oh, my God, that’s horrible. That’s like the first thing she sees is me just like resenting the fact that she’s like waking me up 15 minutes before my alarm has gone off, like shoving a doll in my face, going, there’s a string, Mom. Wake up. Mom, mom, there’s a string. You need to cut it.
I’m like 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. Like, 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, 5:40, Mom, I can’t find Cheetah. And you’re like [crying sound]. So, that’s my hardest part, is starting the day. But, once I’m up, you know, I’m good.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: Mine’s the hours between 4:30 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 breathing. There’s wine. There’s little mini breaks and checking out and then checking back in and then like regrouping and okay. We got to get to the bath. Oh, God. Oh, my God.
So, when I know they’re coming home from school now, I start getting a little–you know, it’s that whole, all right, how many more activities can we do to–what time are you coming home? But, 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. You’re five. You can do it. You’re nine. You can do the whole rest of the night. Read to him. That’s it.
And then by Friday, everyone’s like animals. And then, yes, we start over on Monday. But, that afternoon to evening thing, right?
Waking up for me is not hard…but like Annie, it’s the evening hours that get me. After teaching all day, I just want to relax. My kids lose it in the evening!
As a mom, sometimes you just want to let go…give up being the “perfect mom.” But does that make you a Bad Mom?
Ms. Annie Mumolo: I think I liked when they were at the bar, and this might say a little too much information about me, but when they’re like let’s be bad moms. And then they make the decision to like let go of all the pressure and the trying to be perfect and just like let’s take a minute for ourselves because it’s a wish fulfillment thing, at least for me, that, you know? That’s a hard one.
Sometimes as a mom, you just need your space.
Ms. Christina Applegate: I called it when I tap out, you know? Sometimes, I look at my husband, and I go tapping out. Like, I’m done. See you guys later. I’m going to go outside. I’m going to do something by myself, and you got this. I’m done, as she’s laying on the ground screaming, going I don’t want you to be my mother. I hate you. I don’t want to hang out with you anymore. And I’m like tap out. Tapping out. Done.
So, yes, I do get like the when you’re like nope. No more. No more of this today.
Being the PTA mom…and feeling like Gwendolyn…the “Perfect Mom”…who can be perfect? We are NOT perfect. Perfect is over-rated!
Ms. Christina Applegate: Cut yourself some slack. I love this saying from my kid’s karate class, I never really even thought about it, but that practice makes progress because perfection is not something you can obtain. And it’s okay to fail. It’s okay to fail in front of your kids. It teaches them that that’s how life goes and to not hold yourself to such insane, unrealistic standards in life because life’s going to throw crap at you all the time. It’s about how you get back up and how you keep moving on, and I think that’s what we’re trying to say in this movie.
It’s saying to moms don’t judge each other. Don’t judge yourself because usually we’re shaming ourselves. We’re telling ourselves that we have to be more than we’re capable of doing. You know? And I think that it’s beautiful at the end. Like, she just goes, you know what? We’re all bad moms. We’re all in this together. And we have to help each other. From the Gwendolyns to the hippie moms to the whatever moms, we’re not all these different groups. We’re mothers at the end of the day.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: Also, I took away from it myself is to make sure to take time for yourself. I never did that, and it really took a toll on my. I always felt guilty in the beginning. Now I’m really good at being a bad mom.
But, I had to transition. But, in the beginning I didn’t feel okay going anywhere or letting someone else. It was always guilty just leaving or not doing everything that and as a working mom, it’s so very challenging. But if you don’t make sure to take just a little care of yourself, that you could end up in trouble, and then you can’t be the mother you hoped to be anyway.
And so, I think that’s really important, at least it was for me too.
We are moms…let’s just be moms!
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