Title: The Edge of Seventeen
Director: Kelly Fremon Craig
Genre: Comedy/Coming of Age
Date Watched: January 21, 2017
Category: A teen movie
From the moment I saw the trailer for this movie I knew I had to see it. It might as well have been about my own experience as a teenager. For anyone who’s ever felt like the dorky outsider, or wondered why they can’t just be like everyone else and have a normal conversation, this is the movie you’ve been waiting for. So much of the movie was completely awkward and cringeworthy but I loved every moment of it anyway.
I don’t want to say too much about the movie except that in some ways it was certainly predictable and it was exactly what I expected from laughter to tears evoking a sense of nostalgia for my own awkward high school years.
Perhaps the most enviable part of the entire movie is that I did not get to spend my teenage years with such an expansive wardrobe of sneakers and hoodies.
Okay, joking aside, this movie is a beautiful exploration of siblings and how the grass always seems greener on the other side, friendship and ultimately finding one’s people.
Title: Bad Moms
Director: John Lucas and Scott Moore
Date Watched: January 16, 2017
Category: A comedy
This movie was absolutely what I expected from watching the trailer with maybe just a little extra craziness. What did I expect from the trailer? A predictable plot, a few jokes, a bit of a romance subplot, and playground politics that remind us all that girls most definitely don’t get nicer after high school.
If you like a nice, easy to watch comedy that doesn’t make you think too deeply this is a great watch for you. If you want something a bit deeper, maybe skip Bad Moms.
Basic premise for those of you who haven’t heard of it: Amy (Mila Kunis) is a mom to 2 kids, she finds out her husband is having an affair with someone he met online, far worse she realises that she doesn’t love him anymore. After kicking him out, she goes through the day from hell including her dog getting sick, getting coffee spilled on her, then spaghetti, amongst many other things, culminating in a particularly pointless PTA meeting where she completely loses her shit.
She pledges to no longer be a ‘good’ mum because it’s impossible, she’s going to be a bad mom, she meets a couple of other mum’s from her kid’s school and cue the requisite movie montage.
After hurting her kids and escalating things with the PTA mean mom (Christina Applegate) she eventually realises it doesn’t have to an all or nothing situation and finds a balance with both her kids and her nemesis. Her kids finally start doing their own homework and feeding themselves breakfast. Even though the film is slightly overdramatised for comedy purposes, it certainly reminds us that the expectations we put on kids and parents are oftentimes unrealistic.
Bad Moms definitely managed to do what it set out to do, giving viewers an hour or two of entertainment, in fact it managed even a little more than that in reflection of our modern society.