Review Bad Moms

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At the time of writing, Bad Moms has apparently already made almost $56 million big ones at the box office and it’s my bet it will double, triple and even inspire a TV series. Yes, sisters, it’s. that. good.

Think the Hangover meets Sex and the City – Bad Moms is crass, irreverent and confronting, yet oh so relatable it will make you squirm in your seat on more than a few occasions. And just like SATC, if you’re a Mum, you’ll see yourself in at least one (if not all) of the main characters which can uncomfortable, comforting and hilarious all at the same time.

Continuing on with our SATC comparison, the main characters could be Carrie, Samantha and Charlotte (ditching Miranda, I mean, who ever liked her anyway?) but are now Mums living in the burbs. Amy, Carla and Kiki but ‘living the dream’ of the white picket fence variety, swapping their Manolo’s for Kumfs and their Cosmopolitans for long blacks, their days as Moms are tedious, long and unfulfilled.

The main character of Amy Mitchell (Mila Kunis) is as genuinely sweet and likeable as Carrie, albeit less the expansive wardrobe and cigarettes. Married to husband Mike, Amy has two children after shacking up early with her first baby arriving at aged 20. But life is far from rosy – Mike is useless, lazy and narcissistic. More like a flatmate than a husband, he offers next to nix when it comes to responsibility in providing, housework or child-rearing let alone noticing his wife’s undeniable attractiveness or needs. After catching him cheating on her over the internet, Amy has no option but to confront her feelings of rage and complacently towards him. Kicking him to the curb and out of the house, she realises his only purpose may well have been to be the glue that held her, and in turn the family unit together simply by sitting on the couch.

In between this, Amy (like most Mums nowadays) is juggling more than her fair share of burdens in running the entire household; think school projects, soccer practice, working a part-time (aka full time) job in a coffee company for a clueless hipster boss and throw in a sick dog with vertigo “Who knew this was even a thing?”, she’s almost at breaking point. The final blow is Gwendolyn (Christina Applegate) who, as the head of the PTA strives for perfection in not only herself but demands it of others, pushes Amy that little bit too far regarding delivery of bakery goods in the upcoming all American bake-sale. Think Michael Douglas in Falling Down, you just know Amy’s about to blow but, depending on the wind direction, we just don’t know which way.

It’s here she meets fellow unfulfilled and equally unhinged Moms Carla (Kathryn Hahn) and Kiki (Kristen Bell) who, for their own miserable reasons have all converged at the local dive bar for sweet relief. It’s over a few shots, wines and basically anything to get them drunk that they bond over their shared loathing of the perfect Mom (whatever the hell that is), of Gwendolyn and her ilk and compare stories of their perceived shitty mother skills. They bond even further after a drunken romp around the fluorescent-lit local supermarket culminating in an all-night bender. Deciding to quit striving for unobtainable perfectness at her own expense, Amy throws down the gauntlet to her newfound besties to just, well, fuck it. “Let’s be bad Moms”, she declares. What ensues is a battle against the excellence Gwendolyn represents and what we behold as good parenting, all to side-splitting results. Nothing is sacred or off limits in this film and it’s here you can tell comedy genius Judd Apatow (think Train Wreck, This is 40 etc) had a heavy hand in its production.

Reuniting Kunis and Bell since Forgetting Sarah Marshall, the cast truly deliver a stellar performance with Kathryn Hahn the lubricant that completes the triangle of deranged friendship as the hilarious, sexually- empowered single Mom. Bell is subtle and on-cue with Applegate simply picking up her role of Veronica Corningston from Anchorman and placing it down with a side-dish of bitchy to perfection. Jada Pinkett-Smith (cue Miranda?) is in there somewhere too.

Bad Moms is of course a comedy (and a great one at that) but at it’s core, its an insight into the struggles of all Mums who said they wanted it all, yet didn’t realise this meant they had to do it all. Dad’s don’t feature much in this film and that’s the point – it makes us question the reality of the enormous pressures we are all under as Mums and the additional expectations we put on ourselves and those around us. The answer of course is a life-hack from John Farnham in ‘taking the pressure down’ by drinking more, supporting other Mums and to quit being all Rebecca Judd-gey about whose life is better. Because at the end of the day, we all suck at it. Some of us just look better on Instagram. Ya dig?

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Time for a tyre check
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Bob Jane T-Mart Tread Safely Week

Tread Safely week launches 5th to the 11th of September each year and just like a breast check for Pink Ribbon Day, it was created in order to remind you to check your tyres.

Given the health of your tyres is super important to ensure the safety of yourself and your precious cargo (not to mention other road users and pedestrians), the wonderful people at Bob Jane T-Mart (aka BYTM) have created a pretty nifty was to check your tyres, DIY style.

Like most women, we can safely assume you know next to nix about tyres. Thing is, you can use some handy-dandy items easily found in the bottom of your bag to check them out all by yourself.

Whether it’s your nail file, hair comb or even a good old Lady Jayne bobby pin, just look for the groove on your tyre and gently wedge it in; if the depth of your tyre is less than 2mm, it’s time to high tail it to your nearest BJTM.

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Sneak peak of 2017 Pirelli Calendar

When you’re talking about the ultimate in celebrity endorsement, you can’t go past the famous Pirelli Calendar.

Tyres have never looked so good with the soon to be released 2017 calendar snapped by world renowned photographer Peter Lindbergh on location in Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Le Touquet (North of Paris) and in New York.

Dating back to 1963, the Pirelli calendar is well known for not only showcasing the world’s most beautiful models photographed within - but for the photographers who shoot it.

This year, however, the line up is more movie star than model with snaps of A-list actresses featuring such names as our very own Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Uma Thurman, Robin Wright and Penelope Cruz Sanchez gracing the month by month pages.

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It's Time for a Tyre Check

There is only one thing more boring on the face of this planet than cricket, and that’s tyres. You can shine, style and soup them up all you like, but at the end of the day (and that day is looooong for most women), all roads lead back to Snoozeville. Women simply are not that interested in tyres. Yet we should be. And here’s why:

Sorry to be the Richie Benaud of the automotive world. However, we need to have a serious conversation. Sure we all know the tyres on our car keep us safe – yeah, yeah, we get it already. But do you?

Driving on bad tyres can result in you losing control of your vehicle, and can cause a serious accident – and we are meant to check them every fortnight! The reality of buying and maintaining the right tyres on your car can truly be the difference between life and death, and at some point, all tyres will start to lose performance in terms of their traction and braking ability. It’s time to tread carefully, sisters.

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Review Bad Moms

At the time of writing, Bad Moms has apparently already made almost $56 million big ones at the box office and it’s my bet it will double, triple and even inspire a TV series. Yes, sisters, it’s. that. good.

Think the Hangover meets Sex and the City – Bad Moms is crass, irreverent and confronting, yet oh so relatable it will make you squirm in your seat on more than a few occasions. And just like SATC, if you’re a Mum, you’ll see yourself in at least one (if not all) of the main characters which can uncomfortable, comforting and hilarious all at the same time.

Continuing on with our SATC comparison, the main characters could be Carrie, Samantha and Charlotte (ditching Miranda, I mean, who ever liked her anyway?) but are now Mums living in the burbs. Amy, Carla and Kiki but ‘living the dream’ of the white picket fence variety, swapping their Manolo’s for Kumfs and their Cosmopolitans for long blacks, their days as Moms are tedious, long and unfulfilled.

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Top 5 Best Cars for Yuppies

17-May-2012

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There a few ‘firsts’ a girl remembers – her first pair of high heels, her first crush and up there in that list of ‘firsts’ is of course, her first car (well, for some of us at least).

When you are in university, Grandma’s second-hand Corolla cuts it just fine as a first car. But when you finally get the degree and turn into a young urban professional (ahem, a ‘yuppy’), adding your employment information to LinkedIn isn’t the only thing that needs updating. The time comes when the beat-up Corolla has to go out to pasture.

Which leaves a nice, big gaping hole in your garage (or inner city parking lot) for something bright, something sparkly, something N-E-W.

Yes, buying your first car is exciting. But buying your second car with the hard-earned cash you’ve collected from your swanky 9 to 5 job? Well, it takes window shopping to a whole new level.

Here are AutoChic’s Top Five Cars for Yuppies (who have a little more cashola to splurge at the dealership this time round).

Hyundai Veloster
Is it a hatch? Is it a sedan? Is a shedan? The Hyundai Veloster’s unique appearance, 3-doors and gamut of creature features puts it at the forefront of a yuppy’s yearnings. $23,990 will get you the standard model while $27,990 will take you to the high-rolling Veloster Plus, pimped out with a giant glass sunroof, body-coloured alloy wheels, leather seats, auto aircon, folding and heated wing mirrors and what’s that? A sunglasses holder? Sold! To the woman wearing the Tom Ford’s.

Toyota Prius C
Okay, so we admit the old Prius looked a tad like a space ship. But the Prius C? The ‘C’ stands for ‘city’, girl! This baby is made for urbanites like us who want to save the world one trip at a time. The ‘C’ also stands for ‘compact’ (cute, but not cramped), ‘clever’ (there’s more interesting info coming out of those LCD screens than Kim Kardashian’s twitter feed) ‘control’ (handling is built especially for city driving) ‘colours’ (is that orange? No, it’s sunrise) and ‘cheap’ (it’s a hybrid – the idea is to use less petrol, spend less money and save more world. So, start saving at $23,990.



Suzuki Swift Sport
She's a little too hot to handle, but let's face it. So was Sporty Spice. For $23,990, the Suzuki Swift Sport has an impressive front fit-out (foglights and a grille, oh my!), a rear diffuser, a sports steering wheel and leather seats. Under the bonnet, that engine will take you from zero to 100km/hr in 8 seconds. We’re not your average rev-heads, but even that gets us a little hot under the collar.

Hyundai Accent Hatch
We know what you’re thinking, ‘An Accent? Really?’ But shell out the $20,990 for the Premium Accent and you’ll be laughing all the way home. If not for its easy negotiation and handling but for its ‘fluidic sculpture’ design which won a position on WardsAuto.com’s Top 10 Best Interiors list. The Accent is the epitome of inner beauty with an interior which is fitted out with all the bells and whistles - four-speaker stereo system with single-CD/MP3 player, USB/AUX inputs and Bluetooth integration, steering wheel mounted audio controls, air-conditioning, power windows and power mirrors. And it’s pretty.

Holden Cruze Sri
This one probably sits at the tail end of your budget (starting at $28,490, with the Sri-V at $30,490) but you get a car chocked full of goodies for what you put out. The Sri-V features keyless entry, heated seats, a touch-screen satellite navigation system, rain sensing wipers, and a 6-speaker premium DVD audio system with USB and iPod compatibility. Hello, Christmas! Not to mention the curved back-end of the hatch gives it a sexier vibe. Much like the girl sitting behind the wheel, we think!


 

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