Blue Christmas plays in the background of a clichéd ‘bet you’re wondering how I got here’ narration, while the camera slowly pans over a series of broken Christmas decorations. This song was the perfect music choice to open A Bad Moms Christmas as anyone who watches this will start the Christmas season with an abysmally average movie.
Christmas is a time of stress and togetherness that brings out the best and worst in families, and A Bad Moms Christmas is a movie that captures this, albeit in a bizarre, tinselly way.
All the characters are flawed, from the Grandma who wears jumpers with her daughter’s face on them, to the one who redecorates the house in a ridiculous way, and it’s commendable that the film attempts to portray realistic characters.
Good messages about the importance of mother-daughter relationships are hidden amongst booze-soaked, slow-motion embarrassments, and it’s unfortunate that these instants of heartfelt connection are often overshadowed by cheap jokes. Though the movie’s heart is in the right place, showing how you don’t have to be perfect to be a good mother, the delivery is often too cheesy to be completely engaging.
A Bad Moms Christmas is a generic Christmas-themed bit of tat, to make you feel vaguely Christmassy and rather embarrassed. Like a gag gift you buy for a relative, it’s a bit stupid, and definitely a one-time use - another mediocre Christmas movie to add to the unending list. Despite all that, it is still a little bit of short-term fun.