WTAF JUST HAPPENED? Somethinghappened after the release of Bad Moms in the Summer of 2016. A Bad Moms movement was unleashed. Something we couldn’t quite put our chipped finger nails on. The filmmakers felt confident that they had made a hilarious film, but were bowled over to see it go on to gross north of $180 million dollars worldwide. Gangs of moms of all generations hit the theatres to see Bad Moms and enjoy a night out on the town with their besties; free from responsibility and ready to party.
Whether your bottle of choice for these outings contained wine or nail polish, it was clear that there was safety in numbers. Moms needed other moms to get them through the day. The monotony of responsibilities of helming the home was tiresome and mamas everywhere needed to take a break and check out now and then. A camaraderie was forming among moms of all ages no matter what their situation, with Bad Moms as the catalyst for change. The film reverberated with moms around the globe and became a part of the zeitgeist, and a group of women banded together and a Bad Moms movement was unleashed.
What Bad Moms leading ladies Amy (Mila Kunis), Kiki (Kristen Bell), and Carla (Kathryn Hahn) represented was freedom. Freedom to fuck up. Freedom to do the best you can and still fuck up. It was a relief to see the honesty of being a mom portrayed on the big screen with Bad Moms, and now A Bad Moms Christmas is here to bring that same real mom spirit to the holidays.
A Bad Moms Christmas, reunites the dynamic team of Bad Moms: Writers/Directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, and Producer Suzanne Todd.
Returning as the stars of A Bad Moms Christmas are the triple threat cast of Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn as Amy, Kiki and Carla. This time around, our bad moms receive a holiday visit from their own mothers, in roles portrayed by Cheryl Hines (Kiki’s mom), Christine Baranski (Amy’s mom), and Susan Sarandon (Carla’s mom).
Also starring are returning cast members Jay Hernandez, Oona Laurence, Emjay Anthony and Wanda Sykes, alongside newcomers Peter Gallagher and Justin Hartley, who join these two generations of moms in the chaos of the holiday season.
Also returning members of the Bad Moms creative team: Director of Photography Mitchell Amundsen, Production Designer Marcia Hinds, Editor James Thomas, Costume Designer Julia Caston, and Composer Christopher Lennertz.
A Bad Moms Christmas follows our three underappreciated and overburdened moms as they rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas. As if creating a more perfect holiday for their families wasn’t hard enough, the moms have to juggle creating Christmas cheer while simultaneously hosting and entertaining their own mothers. By the end of the journey, Amy, Carla & Kiki will redefine how to make the holidays special for all and discover a closer relationship with their mothers.
KEEP CALM AND JINGLE ON Writer/Directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore and Producer Suzanne Todd sensed audiences wanted more of this titillating trifecta of women after the release of Bad Moms. Of diving into the sequel, Moore says “In the first movie the idea is ‘I love being a mom but sometimes its too much and it drives me crazy’. When we started looking at what to do with the sequel and started talking about Christmas, that felt very similar. It’s like you don’t hate Christmas, everybody likes Christmas, but sometimes it just gets to be too much.”
Says Lucas, “Once we came across the Christmas idea, it was too big to ignore. Any time you have family together that you don’t see very often, or that you don’t want to see, and there’s too much money and too much booze… it’s all combustible and fodder for comedy.”
The Lucas and Moore filmmaker duo have written their share of other Christmas movies such as Office Christmas Party and Four Christmases. Explaining their love—and semi-hate—relationship with Christmas, Lucas says, “We love it, we adore it, we love that time of year – at the same time we hate it, we are overwhelmed. This film is a new look at Christmas and everything moms endure for their families during the holidays.”
Says Todd, “This idea, which I have certainly bought into as a mom, and assuming other people have too, is that it is sort of never enough. Not the right lunch for your kid, or in this case not the right Christmas present. This attitude is really not helping us, and not helping our children.”
Adds Todd, “Like the first movie, the idea of A Bad Moms Christmas is to tear down some of these personal, societal, and cultural norms of both torturing ourselves for not being good enough moms and allowing other people to put us in a place of self doubt about how we mother our children. We want to express that it’s okay to be yourself and not worry about the noise of Christmas cards, and dinner, and all the rest of it. At the end of the day, it’s about enjoying the holidays more and stressing less. ”