GUEST CRITICS #27: A Bad Mom's Christmas


As busy I get from time to time, I find that I can't see every movie under the sun, leaving my friends and colleagues to fill in the blanks for me.  As poetically as I think I wax about movies on this website as a wannabe critic, there are other experts out there.  Sometimes, it inspires me to see the movie too and get back to being my circle's go-to movie guy.  Sometimes, they save me $9 and you 800+ words of blathering.  In a new review series, I'm opening my site to friend submissions for guest movie reviews.

TODAY'S CRITICS: A return for the sequel!

THE MOMS:   (left to right) Donna Ferretti, Kelly Johnson, Manda Torres, and Thanh Shanahan

THE MOMS: (left to right) Donna Ferretti, Kelly Johnson, Manda Torres, and Thanh Shanahan

In a return engagement for a zany sequel, Every Movie Has a Lesson welcomes back the four fine ladies and working moms of the "TTC" (Terrific Teacher Committee).  Say hello again to Donna Ferretti, Kelly Johnson, Manda Torres, and my own wife, Mrs. Thanh Shanahan, the purveyor of this website's "Pillow Rankings" section.  Sixteen months ago, they reviewed Bad Moms on this website as "Guest Critics."  

When the sequel A Bad Mom's Christmas was announced, calendars were circled and a movie trip was set.  While the husbands and dads, myself included, prepared a lovely meal of homemade chicken piccata and covered the seven kids under the age of five in a cuddly pit of Netflix and toys, the ladies got some time out with nachos, popcorn, and no kids.  Just like last time, it was the perfect type of movie opportunity for these occasionally stressed moms.


THANH:  "The fact that I stayed awake counts as a victory.  The older moms made it interesting.  By the way, Justin Hartley still can't act away from This Is Us."

DONNA:  "This was better than the first one for me.  I laughed more and I even cried more.  There were heartfelt mom moments that had me wiping tears."

MANDA:  "The movie gave me a boost of mom confidence! I had a blast!"

KELLY:  "The moms of the moms made the movie.  It was great casting to have Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines, and Susan Sarandon.  They gave the younger characters more depth.  There were definitely fewer moments of whininess.  I was not expecting to like it and did."


Ladies, your husbands and I were glad you got the chance for some freedom!   I, for one, had a blast playing chef and chasing kiddos around to properly rile them up for their inevitable crash timed properly for your return.  Can Bad Moms become a trilogy?  I don't see why not.  Even if it doesn't, let's get you ladies out again soon!  Friends, if you see a movie that I don't see and want to be featured on my website (and get a fun fake biography written about you), hit up my website's Facebook page and you can be my next GUEST CRITIC!