The Hangover scribes Jon Lucas and Scott Moore have certainly found their niche. Their debut as writer-directors, 21 & Over, transferred Hangover-style debauchery to college, and their latest gives us the Moms Gone Wild version. If you want to see people drunkenly misbehave in an often funny but sloppily written raunch-com, these are your guys! In this one, average mom Amy (Mila Kunis) gets fed up with the impossible standard of perfection set by the mean-girl PTA president (Christina Applegate) and cuts loose with new friends Carla (Kathryn Hahn), a promiscuous and irresponsible single mother, and Kiki (Kristen Bell), a modest stay-at-home wife. The film is hilarious when those three are together, harmoniously representing three distinct types (or stereotypes) of modern moms; it’s less successful when addressing Amy’s personal life (her deadbeat husband; the new guy she likes). The story is careless on the details—you wonder if Lucas and Moore have any experience with parenting, jobs or relationships—and wrapped up with lazy tidiness. But it’s worth it for MVP Hahn, a devastating comedy force whose powers Hollywood is just beginning to comprehend.
Director: Jon Lucas and Scott Moore
Producer: Suzanne Todd, Bill Block, Mark Kamine, Wang Zhongjun, Wang Zhonglei, Jerry Ye, Donald Tang, Robert Simonds, Adam Fogelson and Oren Aviv
Cast: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christina Applegate, Oona Laurence, David Walton, Annie Mumolo, Jay Hernandez, Jada Smith, Emjay Anthony and Clark Duke