The trailer for Bad Moms was released Monday, promising the kind of R-rated bacchanalia co-writers and directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore made their names with when they wrote The Hangover. This time, the debauchery is female-led, with Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn playing moms who have absolutely had it. Fortunately, the key to this kind of movie is the payoff, not the setup, because the “harried mother” section looks as bad as the “henpecked fiancé” stuff was in The Hangover.
But once things are off the rails, it looks like the film gets depraved enough to be really funny, from bourbon to whippits to reckless driving, and the cast is worthy: Transparent’s Kathryn Hahn’s timing is particularly excellent. And really, what great journey of the spirit doesn’t begin with someone saying “I say we go punch that chick right in the tits?” Kunis, Bell, and Hahn will face off against Christina Applegate in theaters on July 29.