We Visited the Set of 'Bad Moms' & Found the #MomSquad of Our Dreams

Bad Moms setMovie directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (writers of the man-boy party flick The Hangover) wanted to make a movie featuring female characters as a love letter to their wives, their moms, and all the women they know who occasionally feel like bad moms in the sometimes (read: always) judgmental world of parenting. I got to visit the cast and crew on the set of the upcoming comedy and, along with some other lucky writers, ask Kristin Bell, Kathryn Hahn, and Milas Kunis all about the movie, motherhood, and if they consider themselves bad moms. (Spolier alert: Feeling that way is apparently the norm.)

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I felt like a bad mom myself leaving my husband alone with our three kids while I went to New Orleans for a few days to hang out with the film crew on set. But I got in a lot less trouble than Kathryn Hahn did when she chugged milk and vodka during a scene they filmed in a grocery store. In the movie, Hahn stars as one of the new mom friends who, along with Kristen Bell's character, comes to the rescue of Amy Mitchell (played by Mila Kunis). Kunis takes the role of a fed-up mom who looks to her two new misfit friends after she is mom-bullied by a couple of alpha moms played by Christina Applegate and Jada Pinkett Smith. 

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We got to hear what the stars, who are all moms themselves, had to say about their new movie and motherhood -- and, quite frankly, they made us feel so much better about how we feel in our own daily grind. (Our new mantra may just be Kathryn Hahn saying, "If they're breathing at the end of the day, then you've done okay.")

Here are four reasons we know that we can hang with these ladies (both on and off the set):

1. They don't pretend to be perfect moms.

"[When] my parents were raising my brother and me, everything had to look perfect," says Mila Kunis. "Whether it was or wasn't, you didn't air your dirty laundry, so to speak. Nowadays, if s**t’s going wrong, I call my best friend. I'm like, 'I don't know. This color's coming out of her nose. I'm pretty sure she’s dying.' And it's okay to do that now, and I don't know if it necessarily was okay before. So, this movie kinda brings light to that."

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2. They know the struggle is real.

"This movie blankets the whole topic of motherhood in a way in which the message is: There are endless ways to do it, and however your gut is telling you to do it, that's what’s right," says Kristen Bell. "It's a unifying message that we all feel less than. That we all feel frazzled. We all feel overworked and terrified we're messing up our humans. But that's the beauty of this movie. We're all moms in solidarity." 

3. They tune out the nonsense of "judgy" moms.

"I used to take it very much to heart," admits Kathryn Hahn. "I always felt like I ... I couldn't believe the moms that would show up with their hair and makeup perfect but the children with their hair brushed with a clip in it that doesn't rip out. I was in awe of that and the perfect bento box lunches. Who cares, really?  I mean, you find your tribe, and you stick with them."

Hahn adds, "The competitive energy is so destructive ... we're all in it together. You're only a mommy this way for such a brief amount of time that you don't want to look back at it and be like, 'Why did I care about that stupid nonsense. Who cares?'"

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4. They agree that this country isn't doing enough for us.

"Our paternity leave and our maternity leave, it's just a joke. And it's not fair mostly to the kids," says Bell.

"You're left with nothing," adds Kunis. "You either leave your child early and put them in childcare and some stranger loves and cares for your child in the way that you would or you're broke."

"Or, you can't afford to have your child," Bell continues. "That's not an appropriate decision. No mom in America should have to be making that decision. It's an unacceptable decision for a country."

Preach, ladies. You can definitely sit with us (and we'll definitely be hitting the theaters on July 29 to see Bad Moms on the big screen).

 

Image via © 2016 STX Productions, LLC.

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