The wait is almost over…Bad Moms arrived in theaters in just 3 days!!!! While in Los Angeles for the Bad Moms Press Junket, I was fortunate enough to sit down with Producer Suzanne Todd (who also produced Alice Through the Looking Glass) and Directors Jon Lucas & Scott Moore.
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
Producer Suzanne Todd, Writer/Director Jon Lucas & Writer/Director Scott Moore
A movie can’t happen without an awesome producer and amazing writers/directors! You could tell that Suzanne, Jon, and Scott were proud of Bad Moms…and they should be! It was absolutely hysterical! Suzanne knew quite a few of the bloggers from her interviews for Alice Through The Looking Glass…which made this interview flow even easier. Suzanne is so down-to-earth and easy to talk to.
Scott Moore asked us if we got to see the movie the night before…and boy did we! I will be telling you all about the movie screening later, but if you were following my Twitter and Instagram feed, then you know we got a special show from Flo Rida!
Ms. Suzanne Todd: And did you rock it out to Flo Rida? How cool was that?
Mr. Jon Lucas: Whose butt did he spank? He got on someone’s butt.
Ms. Suzanne Todd: Somebody offered up their rear end for sure for a little fun spanking. Yes, that’ll be on YouTube forever, right? Your kids are like, hey, Mommy, what’d you do at the press junket? You’re like, oh, Flo Rida smacked my butt, you know? He has only good songs, right? Flo Rida is like a dance party in a box, or I said like the best cardio workout. You could just do all Flo Rida, and you’re like I’m done. Workout finished.
For the writers, who are both men, we wanted to know how they got into the minds of moms. What prompted their knowledge of “mom culture?” Because, they NAILED IT!
Mr. Scott Moore: So, Jon and I are both married, and we both have two kids. And when we were trying to come up with a movie, we’re just basically sitting at home. We each have a home office, and we’re sitting at home like trying, racking our brains, and just watching our wives in this like stressed-out life trying to be a great parent.
And we’re like maybe that’s a good thing for a movie. And so, the inspiration was basically our wives, and we spent a lot of time sort of talking to them and talking to their friends and throwing parties and having a bunch of moms over and a bunch of red wine, and stories would just start flowing.
Mr. Jon Lucas: It’s not super hard to get moms to talk about how they feel about being a mom.
It was great. It was actually really in some ways the best part about out it was I actually feel like I understand my wife far better for the process because so much happens that I don’t notice, if that makes any sense, or I don’t see. And–.
Mr. Scott Moore: –A husband who doesn’t notice things.
Mr. Jon Lucas: Yes.
Mr. Scott Moore: Surprising.
Mr. Jon Lucas: But, I think the movie was great fun, and I knew some of the absurdity, and I think things like I mentioned before, like the Gwendolyn [Christina Applegate], like the list of foods you’re not supposed to eat, which, to a dad, I was like I don’t understand lists like this. I don’t know why the school sends us things like this.
I don’t know why I get 50 e-mails day, and there’s just so many rules now that didn’t seem to make a lot of sense to me. And when we got into the deeper, we began to see how absurd this world got. And that’s when we realized that there’s really a movie here, probably more than one movie in here.
Ms. Suzanne Todd: How many of you have had that similar bake sale thing where you get a crazy e-mail that says you have to bring food that has no ingredients in it, right? It feels like everyone’s had that.
There are many lessons you can learn in the movie…We were wondering as a director or producer what they hoped people would take from this movie.
Mr. Scott Moore: The big one for me just to do less, and that like doing less is okay and that like maybe this is a uniquely dad point of view, but like our wives and all the moms that are in our social circle that I know work so hard, and they do so many things. And is there a way to maybe do 5 percent less and spend 5 percent maybe more time taking care of yourself or hanging out with your kids or just having a little more fun in your life.
I think it’s gotten so crazy what the expectations are. And again, it makes for great comedy. So, I’m grateful for that. We got a movie out of it. But, it’s irrational how much moms are expected to do.
Mr. Jon Lucas: Yes.
Ms. Suzanne Todd: Outside they have that Nike motto that says like just do it. We joke that we wanted to make t-shirts that said just do less, right? Or, like, just do less and enjoy it more, right? Because enjoying time with your kids is more important than making the perfect lunch.
Life is too short to try to do it all…and do it perfectly. Moms need to step back and take a moment for themselves. I know as a mom, I tend to focus all of my attention on my kids. But where does that leave me? STRESSED OUT. Like Scott Moore said, “We are definitely not experts in parenting. Jon and I definitely don’t know what the fuck we’re doing as being a parent. But, we think that that’s part of it. And we’re not trying to put out a message, but if there is any sort of message, it’s you don’t have to be perfect.” YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE PERFECT!!!! Perfect is over-rated! You just have to be you. Be the best you that you can be.
Being a female producer in Hollywood is not an easy feat. Suzanne Todd has made a name for herself and is well-respected in the filming community. So why did she choose to be a part of Bad Moms? (Besides the fact that it’s a crazy, funny, laugh-out-loud comedy.)
Ms. Suzanne Todd: Honestly, and it sounds lame because they’re sitting next to me, but these two guys. You know, I’ve worked with a lot of people. Obviously, I’ve made a lot of movies. An interviewer yesterday pointed out to me that it’s been 30 years since I graduated from film school and started making movies. Thank you very much, or not.
But, Jon and Scott had written this incredibly funny script that, again, you can’t believe was written by two guys because it’s so accurate. And again, credit to both of their wives, who I’ve gotten to know and are amazing people and are obviously like–.
Mr. Jon Lucas: –Yes, they really should be here. It’s a shame they had to work today–.
Ms. Suzanne Todd: –The inspiration for the movie. And I loved what they had to say. I love their method of working as directors. I love their language of speaking to each other. And it’s just rare in Hollywood to have people that are really talented and also nice people. And sometimes you make a movie with somebody, and you’re thrown in the trenches, and you spend a lot of time together.
When the movie’s over, you can’t wait to not be in their lives anymore. And I really know that Jon and Scott will be in my life forever, and we’ll be friends and work together again. And I loved what they wanted to do with the movie.
Mr. Scott Moore: She was terrible. We’re never working with her again. No, I didn’t mean to cut you off. She’s awesome. Jon and I have been working in the industry for a long time. I think we’ve been writing together for 16 years.
And Suzanne by far is the best producer we’ve worked with. She’s been incredibly supportive and deals with all the like shitty politics and stuff that you don’t want to deal with or don’t have the bandwidth for. And she’s right. Like, after this movie, I’d love nothing more than to do 10 movies with her. She was great.
So why not Bad Dads? Or Bad Parents? Why did they focus on Bad Moms? A script doesn’t come together in a day. Scott and Jon worked on the Bad Moms script for years. Scott said that their agencies actually tried to talk them off of focusing on Bad Moms…but they knew there was a story there.
Mr. Jon Lucas: –We definitely got the horrible note. I’m not going to say who it’s from, if you guys get more of those going, we’ll have a real, be honest press junket. But, we definitely got the note of could you do like bad parents, where there’s like a dad in there so like the men will come. And we’re just being on the phone. We’re just being like, ah, this is why. This is why I drink at night.
And we were like no, it’s not funny if there’s a dad in there because it’s not about that guy. Like, dads, we could do a whole other movie about dads if we wanted to. I don’t think it’s as funny because there are bad dads like everywhere. And it’s just like a bummer. It’s like a bummer movie.
But, Bad Moms is funny because 99 percent of moms we know are really, really great moms. And so, a bad mom is funny, but a bad dad is not. But, anyway, that note came through, in case you’re wondering. And of course, I’m sure none of you are surprised even remotely that there was that note at some point.
But, I will say to the studio’s credit, we went in, and we were honestly like, look, this movie caters to women, frankly not women who are 16 years old. The studios love to attract. To STX’s credit, they didn’t blink. They were like no, this is an audience. We hadn’t really thought if it from a commercial perspective exactly, but they were like no, this is an audience. They show up to movies. They’re actually a really loyal audience. I don’t know why there aren’t 50 movies made for women.
They actually have money. They have time. They schedule shit. Like, they’re mom. Moms are like I’m going Friday at 10:15. They know. Tickets are already being presold right now because like moms do this. This is how moms work. They don’t just like decide on Friday like smoke a bowl and go to a movie.
Like, they plan shit. They got to get a sitter. Yes, yes. Maybe they’ll have a little nip, but–.
Ms. Suzanne Todd: –I think there was a first inkling, because like Scott said, it wasn’t a business decision going in to try and hit that audience. We were shooting the PTA party scene, the meet the candidates scene. And it was pouring rain where we were. And we had all these extras literally in like the worst version of crammed together under tarps, like trying to keep people dry in between takes because normally you would be outside of the house, but it was raining, so you couldn’t.
And the extras were having the greatest time. They all listened to Mila give that speech about how she wanted to change things, and if you want to do less, a vote for me. And it was like every extra started talking about she couldn’t wait to see the movie. She was happy to work overtime. She didn’t mind being cramped in the rain because every single person thought that was their story.
So, we started to get this kind of inkling early on that it was relatable to other people.
Mr. Scott Moore: Yes. When she’s like, everyone who wants to do less, and it’s like all the crowd like cheers, and we’re like, no you guys need to be quiet because you’re stepping on her lines. And so, the next take, it’s like everybody who wants to do less. And they were like cheering I want to do less! You’re like, no, you got to be quiet.
Bad Moms isn’t a movie about BAD moms…but about real moms. Moms aren’t perfect all the time. We make mistakes. Now in reality I don’t think we would go to the extent of what happened in the movie…but we have all be there…been to that breaking point of needed to LET GO!
Think about what you have to do every time you invite someone over for a play date or a party. Moms…we clean from top to bottom. Everything MUST be perfect. You don’t want friends or co-workers to come over to a messy house. Well, let’s be real for a moment. Suzanne had the perfect way to relieve the tension of inviting house guests over…”Scruffy hospitality.”
Ms. Suzanne Todd: So, scruffy hospitality means that you’re going to go ahead and have your friends over for brunch or host a dinner party or have the girls come over when your sink is full of dirty dishes or you haven’t replaced that like dirty rug in your front hallway, you know, because everybody has this to-do list of like what they’re going to do to their house before they house the party or have people over or, you know, you need to clean out that closet in case somebody walks in there.
Yes, I love this idea. I read it this morning, this idea of like scruffy hospitality, that even if your house is messy, that you can say to your really good friends, hey, you know what? My house is a mess, but I’d love to spend some time catching up with you. I’m going to open a bottle of wine. Come on over. How great is that?
I might actually have people over to my house some time if that’s okay.
Jon Lucas hit the nail on the head when he said people love reality and honesty. Women (and men too) love to see videos and photos online of other parents having problems… like pictures of kids throwing a shit or having a temper tantrum. It’s real! It’s life! Jon said, “Because like being a mom is hard enough, just like dealing with other moms. But, then like you have this whole layer of like you’re tending to these lunatics. They’re great. And I love my kids so much. But, they are crazy.” We all have our own CRAZIES at home, work, and school. You are not alone! We all are in the same boat!
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Disclosure: I was invited to attend a press trip to cover the #BadMoms in Los Angles on 7/7-7/8. All opinions are my own.