Let's face it: Motherhood isn't always bottomless bottle service and compliments from the PTA.
And that's nothing to be ashamed of, according to new film "Bad Moms," which opens in theaters July 29.
Starring Mila Kunis, Christina Applegate, Kristen Bell, Jada Pinkett Smith and Annie Mumolo, "Bad Moms" tries to change the narrative of the "perfect mother" trope by showing a group of moms letting loose and enjoying being "bad moms." They dare to sleep in, eat carbs and have a little fun without their children.
The film also touches on what we know as the "mommy wars," as Amy (Kunis) struggles to maintain a household, her job, her kids and her sanity while faced with judgy PTA moms Gwendolyn (Applegate), Stacie (Pinkett Smith) and Vicky (Mumolo). When Amy throws in the towel on perfection, Gwendolyn takes it upon herself to bring her down.
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We spoke to Christina Applegate and Annie Mumolo at a recent press day for the film, and talked about why moms put pressure on themselves.
"For me, it comes from my own childhood, and wanting hers to be better than mine was," says Applegate on her own self-pressure of motherhood, "and that's unrealistic because, what we've learned from the movie 'Inside Out' is that you cannot have pure joy without pure sorrow."
We also talked to the actresses about how we're turning into our mothers, and how certain words (i.e., "wine," "sex," "minivans") take on new meaning after having children.
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