Mila Kunis, Christina Applegate and Kristen Bell Are 'Bad Moms'

Mila Kunis, Christina Applegate and Kristen Bell Are 'Bad Moms'

Oct 26, 2015

Hide your kids, because here comes Bad Moms. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie is back on after a brief hurdle where it lost producer Judd Apatow and star Leslie Mann. Maybe you never heard of that title, because we initially reported it as "Untitled R-Rated Comedy" back in May. At the time, the plan was to shoot over the summer, but just as the season was beginning those two married principal players had to leave because of a scheduling issue

Now the comedy, which is actually back to being untitled, has cast Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis and Christina Applegate (who just played Mann's sister-in-law in Vacation). It's unclear who took over Mann's part or who will be the primary character, but together they'll presumably play the trio of stressed-out mothers who go on a "binge of freedom, fun and self-indulgence." However, one of them could very well also be playing their "PTA Queen Bee" adversary, who is the leader of a group of perfect moms. 

If the plot sounds familiar, there's a chance you actually could be confusing it with Mean Moms, the Jennifer Aniston-led Mean Girls-inspired comedy based on the book Queen Bee Moms & King Pin Dads: Dealing with the Parents, Teachers, Coaches, and Counselors Who Can Make—or Break—Your Child's Future. Clearly the idea of mommy wars is on Hollywood's mind right now. Mean Moms was supposed to be released earlier this year but still hasn't even started shooting. Whichever comes out first might have an advantage.

The one formerly titled Bad Moms sounds like it could be a little edgier, as it's written and will be directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, the duo behind The Hangover (but not its sequels). They've done some lighter work, however, including the crime comedy Flypaper and the holiday pic Four Christmases, and what they tried to do with the body swap genre with the bromantic comedy The Change-Up was interesting. This will be only their second feature as directors, following 2013's 21 & Over.

As for the three actresses, they've all proven they can do raunchy and edgy comedy that's also quality -- such as Forgetting Sarah Marshall, which co-stars Kunis and Bell as Jason Segel's current and ex- love interests. And the great thing is that they're no longer just the love interests or wives and moms. It's hardly going to be Thelma and Louise for the mom set, which it almost sounds like on paper, but we can likely look forward to yet another women-driven comedy adding to a positively changing landscape for female roles. 

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