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A Bad Moms Christmas | 2017 | R | - 7.4.10

Three over-worked suburban moms (Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn) rebel against the expected trappings of Christmas, when their mothers barge in unexpectedly and make creating a perfect holiday for their families almost impossible. Also with Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines and Susan Sarandon. Directed by Jon Lucas & Scott Moore. [1:44]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - A wife wearing a sleeveless, long cotton nightgown rolls onto her husband's clothed chest as they kiss in bed until the woman's mother makes a noise from a corner and the lights go on; the clothed couple sits up and we see the man's erection lifting the sheet and the older woman talks about the sexual activity her now-dead husband used to like.
 Three women wearing tight jeans and snug sweaters (one with a low neckline baring cleavage) perform lap dances on a man dressed as Santa Claus in front of young children; the women rub their groins and buttocks against the man, lick his face, pretend to do oral sex, shake their jiggling bosoms in his face, root around while sitting in his lap and one woman sits in his lap facing him while bouncing up and down; two male mall workers smile at the scene as the man dressed as Santa stands and dances in the middle of the three women and they rub against him (we see his eyes roll back in his head as if he is having an orgasm). A male stripper dances, thrusts, and writhes at a dinner that includes several children as young as 5, watching him; he rips off his shirt and a woman rushes to press her body against him, wrapping her legs around his waist and they both say, "I love you" and disappear off-screen (sex is implied). A woman whispers in the ear of a SkyZone worker and they disappear off-camera (possible sex implied).
 A woman spa worker complains about waxing women's genitals; she waxes a male stripper (we see him in full side and frontal nudity except for his genitals that are covered with a towel), and we see her gawk at his genitals and says they are very large like a parking cone and he replies that some people are afraid of them; he lifts his legs to frame her face as she applies wax below the frame, and he caresses her hair with one hand. A woman stares at a clothed man's groin area as he faces her after kissing her on the cheek.
 A woman picks up a huge gingerbread cookie in the shape of a penis and testicles and licks frosting off the tip while another woman bites the head of such a cookie and a woman throws popcorn down another woman's blouse.
 A woman wears several low-cut blouses and dresses that reveal cleavage. A woman wears a dress with a slit up one thigh with patterned hosiery. A woman squeezes her large breasts together with her hands as she jumps on a trampoline (revealing cleavage).
 At a Sexy Santa Competition, a line of Santa Claus strippers writhe and dance on a bar top wearing Santa costumes; one of the dancers removes his jacket to reveal a large abdomen as he squeezes his chest and makes sounds like milk spurting over the women in the front row while another dancer writhes and does pelvic thrusts as he rips off his costume and wears only tight briefs and he licks his fingers (his genitals are outlined clearly, and we see the outline of his buttocks along with the rest of his body, front and back) as he writhes and two women rub against him as they jump to the bar top and one woman licks his chest while he rubs his semi-erect groin against the buttocks of one of the women.
 Just before the end credits, a large group of men and women dance in snow, using pelvic thrusts, licking motions, buttocks bumps to both genders, writhing, rolling hips, shimmies, slithering through someone else's legs and some make lewd hand gestures. A man and a woman kiss passionately for several seconds.
 A preschool-age girl tells her step-mother that she hears her and her father in their bedroom at night, screaming "Oh my [F-word deleted] God!", seven times during the night. A woman says a man drives like a girl.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - Three women argue loudly with their adult daughters in several scenes: In an extended scuffle, one mother-daughter pair knock down a huge Christmas tree and trash the first floor of the house with dozens of empty drink glasses and champagne bottles crashing to the floor in pieces, glass tables break, rows of party curtains on frames crash down, and furniture is toppled, and wrapped gifts are crushed; the younger woman shouts and throws her mother out of her life forever as her young daughter and son listen and shout at her.
 A mall area at Christmas is filled with 100 children fighting verbally and physically with their parents and mall workers; children shout as they slap at and push adults and each other, an adult woman pushes a mall worker to the floor and laughs, and three women steal a decorated Christmas tree and knock a man down with it accidentally. A woman says that her mother has had her third concussion after we see the older woman fall off a bar where she was dancing, onto the floor below the frame with a thud. Two women run a scam canned-food drive and steal groceries from shoppers exiting a food store; they run when the manager comes out.
 Two large families play dodge ball at SkyZone and many people are hit with plastic balls with several adults and children falling onto trampolines, and a woman is hit in the stomach with a ball and falls on her face on a trampoline (she bounces three times, but is unhurt).
 A woman says that Moms kill themselves at Christmas for their children to have joy. A woman says that murders happen in the Russian Nutcracker Suite. A box explodes in mist on a lawn and birds fly out as a woman says they will die within the hour. A woman says she will beat the first woman up and later says, "I'll kill her." A woman says that her own mother recently slapped her in the face for wearing open toed shoes on a sailboat. In a psychology session with her adult daughter a woman says that she has Stage 12 heart cancer to make her daughter cry, then the first woman admits the lie and the daughter yells, and then says that she has polio, diabetes, shingles and bubonic plague; the woman leaves the session and the psychologist shouts at and blames the daughter for the mother's loneliness. A church is called "Our Lady of Perpetual Suffering," and three women cry in a pew, arguing while another woman sits in the pew, talks with one of the other women, and they both cry.
 Below the frame, a woman rips hair-removal tape from a man's groin three times, but he shows no pain, smiling. A woman moves a brown paper Christmas tree ornament to the back of the tree, because it is a representation of a chunk of feces made by her young daughter, who laughs.


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LANGUAGE 10 - About 51 F-words and its derivatives, 8 sexual references, 28 scatological terms, 50 anatomical terms, 17 mild obscenities, name-calling (crazy, insane, psycho, dumb, idiots, ridiculous, horrific, hideous, old white people, nasty, lazy, degenerate gambler, vain, weird x 8, Betty White, Sasquatch), exclamations (oh my gosh, shut-up), 1 religious profanity (GD), 45 religious exclamations (Holy [scatological term deleted], Holy [F-word deleted], I Swear To God, Oh My God, Oh God, Good Lord, What In God's Name, Jesus, Jesus Christ, Happy Hanukah, Merry Christmas, two Christmas carols).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A woman lights and smokes a marijuana cigarette in two scenes and another woman takes a puff from it in the first scene, and a woman mentions "doing drugs" in the past. Many women at a club drink tall cocktails and glasses of beer, an aerial view shows a glass of whiskey on a bar, three women drink six bottles of beer in a café (one woman calls out a sexual reference), a woman passes a flask of whiskey to two adults who pour it into coffee and then drink from the flask, a woman drinks from a flask in church and gags, women drink from glasses of beer and we see shots of whiskey on the tables of a strip club, two women drink from a champagne bottle outside a grocery store, a huge cocktail party of 200 people features glasses of champagne on tables in a pyramid formation and in the hands of men and women who drink from them, a woman holds a glass of champagne at home, adults drink from glasses of wine at a family dinner, and a woman drinks champagne at a spa.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Celebrating Christmas, perfectionism, control freaks, emotional abuse, loneliness, failure, traditionalists, money, single moms, family relationships, blended families, divorce, understanding, conflict, love, respect, letting go, fun, making new friends.

MESSAGE - Families must fight the chaos of commercial Christmas to find meaning in the holidays.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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