The moms are back, and this time sprinkling in a little holiday cheer -- or not. When we left the trio -- Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn -- they were basking in their triumph in mom-ing their way. Long gone were the days where they catered to the PTA queen moms and felt insignificant about their parenting skills.
That is until THEIR moms showed up for Christmas. So here we are, getting to meet and understand the women who raised them, and the harrowing circumstances that surrounded it. In short, this movie is hilarious. The casting was perfect for each mom chosen -- Cheryl Hines, Christine Baranski, Susan Sarandon, and we have some great interactions with each and their daughters.
In a quest to have a chill Christmas, on their own terms, the moms ended up becoming more and more anxious and controlling of the holiday. Which, of course, led to their original intentions getting away from them and they began to not recognize themselves or their end goals.
What followed was a chaotic and cathartic tale of familial relationships, generational trauma and -- especially in the end -- the revelations of learning who your parents truly are and what they might have gone through when they were younger. It’s a fun movie, and a good follow to the first film.
So when the kids are away with friends during the holidays, grab your girlfriends, make a fun night of it and prepare to laugh. Just make sure to leave the kids at home.