Bad Moms was somewhat of a surprise hit last year, obtaining more than $184 million worldwide, which turned it into something quite amazing considering how little expectations this film had.
Now A Bad Moms Christmas arrives to the scene and while it has some really funny moments, this sequel doesn't hold up to the first one. And it's not very surprising, really: the first movie just arrived last year and it gives you the feel of a quick cash-in. Which is, to some degree.
What made Bad Moms so great was the fact that it spoke a great truth, beyond the comedy and the all-star cast starring Mila Kunis: that mothers have a tendency to feel as failures for raising their kids and they actually think some of their work is very low-reward. This sequel adds the grandmothers to the equation and this constitutes a interesting dynamic of seeing the now familiar main characters behaving around their own mothers–sadly, it doesn't pay off.
This movie does have funny moments and scenes and while I'm not the kind of writer who's going to spoil you the film, I can say there were times I laughed outloud watching this film. But contrary to the original movie, this one feels like it's just all laughter and no depth, which is the problem with most modern comedy films: the absolute lack of real content to make people think a little more.
Kristen Bell and Mila Kunis are obviously the stars of the show here and they do a decent job, completely following suit to what they did in the previous film. But that is somewhat the problem with A Bad Moms Christmas: it doesn't try to go beyond the formula that gave them success and they try to do the same tricks, but that rarely works twice.
We can only suggest this film for people who only want to have a good laugh and to those that are rabid fans of the original one. For the rest, it may not be the best fit for you.