Swanner: Mel (Rose Byrne)and Mia (Tiffany Haddish) have been best friends for 20 years. They went to school together, live together, and even opened a business together. Unfortunately, the handmade make-up business they opened isn’t producing the revenue they hoped, and they fear having to close. In walks Claire Luna (Selma Hayek), a successful cosmetic pioneer to help the girls build their business by buying 49% of their business to save it. Claire sounds sincere, but does she other plans for the business?
Judd: Rated R and running around 85 minutes, I thought, “What do I have to lose? Even if it’s not great, there should be plenty of gross-out humor, and sex jokes.” Girl, was I wrong! The movie is rated R for language only, with absolutely no skin to be shown. There was not gross-out humor, or any humor for that matter, and no sex jokes. This movie should have had the language toned down and rated PG-13 – at least I would have known to save 85 minutes of my life.
Swanner: I was surprised that a movie with this kind of talent couldn’t have saved itself. The script felt like it was written by a film student stealing from other films, slapping it together and calling it a day. Seriously, it felt like I’ve seen this before too many times. One thing that really bothered me was that all the comedy seemed cheap. At the beginning the dialog was clever, but as soon as the story starts it’s all reactive shots. Mia says something sort of shocking and we get everyones reaction. This was continued through the film over and over.
Judd: The things that Mia was saying really weren’t all that shocking – not for a Rated R movie, at least. Director Miguel Arteta has got some fairly good movies under his belt, and has worked on some acclaimed sitcoms. The screenwriters Sam Pitman and Adam Cole-Kelly, on the other hand, have no other writing experience, and it makes you wonder who they’re related to to get this steaming pile off the ground. It’s addition to Haddish, Byrne, and Hayek, this movie wastes the talents of Billy Porter, Jennifer Coolidge, and Ari Graynor.
Swanner: I know Bad Moms got a way with a lot of cheap humor and lazy writing but the cast found a way with making it work. Like A Boss may have good intentions in wanting to make a girl power film but only gives us another January mess that should have gone straight to video or streaming.
Swanner: 1 star
Judd: 1 star