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 Environmentally Friendly Cars

26-May-2008

A list of the top eco-friendly (green and lean) cars for you!

A list of the top eco-friendly (green and lean) cars for you!

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The new trend toward smaller vehicles (aka more environmentally friendly cars) proves once and for all what women have known for years – bigger isn't necessarily better. Smaller cars use less petrol, and less petrol means less greenhouse emissions, so downsizing means you're not only saving money, you're also saving the world!

But with a huge range of new, compact and affordable cars now on the market, deciding on the right car for you can be as difficult as finding the right pair of jeans! And what are the best green cars available in Australia right now?

To make your job easier, AutoChic have compiled the following list of the top eco-friendly and economical cars that just happen to be super-cute too!

Citroen C2 and C3

Oh la la! These chic little French cars are stylish and unique and gently deliver agility and power to the small car connoisseur, less the emissions.

Roomy and comfortable, the Citroen C3 offers a clever stop and start option to save on petrol by way of cutting the engine when idle, automatically starting again when the accelerator is pushed. An anti-lock system keeps you safe and visibility is second to none. Viva la France! For more see www.citroen.com.au

Fiat 500

We heart the Fiat 500! It could be its adorable good looks, it could be that it's Italian, and it just could be that it's as lean as it is green.

The Fiat 500 is sporty and masculine but it's just as in touch with its feminine side, offering a gorgeous interior with all the trimmings (forget the RSL carpet designs of yester-year, we're talking class here ladies). Picking up a 5-star ANCAP safety rating makes it a safe bet to take home to the family, or to introduce to your girlfriends. For more on the Italian stallion, go to www.fiat.com.au

Toyota Prius Hybrid

The greenest car on the market right now also rates right up there when it comes to the eco (economical, that is) factor, using only 4.4L per 100km.

The Prius of course runs on a hybrid engine, meaning it uses an electric motor that powers the vehicle at low speeds or when idling, helping to reduce nasty fumes and emissions into the atmosphere. It's good to go at a RRP of $37,400.

Honda Jazz

Could there be a better city (and economical) car than the Honda Jazz? The Jazz gives you economy and quality for a good price, along with comfort, space and style.

The Jazz is a nicely designed car and perfect for city driving. It delivers great visibility, is easy to park, has a great turning circle and there is more than enough room in the boot to fit your mother-in-law ;) We loved driving the Jazz. What girl could ask for more? www.honda.com.au

Civic Hybrid

The Honda Civic Hybrid has excellent fuel economy, great interior space and is well-priced for long-term savings (thousands cheaper than the Toyota Prius hybrid).

The Civic Hybrid handles well and drives like a dream, and ticks all the green boxes with a guarantee that for every Civic sold, 18 trees are planted. Al Gore would be proud. Find out more at www.honda.com.au

Toyota Yaris

Fun to drive, cheap to buy and run, compact yet roomy, the Yaris is a dream car for some. If you're concerned with looks, the Yaris has a stylish interior and exterior and you also get dual front airbags and standard anti-lock brakes. This is a car that will impress women who want reliability along with a decent drive at a decent price. See more at www.toyota.com.au

smart fortwo

Funky, ultra-modern and smart, the Smart Fortwo is a car for the hip girl who wants a zippy, economical drive. This car will certainly deliver you a rock-star park every time, fitting into most car spaces that the average small car would find hard to crack. Needless to say, reverse parking is a dream in the fortwo and you feel stable and safe when driving it. The glovebox is huge, the interior is fashionable and it's pretty darned safe with dual front airbags, anti-lock brakes electronic brake-force distribution and seatbelt pre-tensioners. For more, see one of the cutest websites around www.smartaustralia.com.au

Hyundai i30

The Hyundai i30 has won more awards than you can poke a stick at and there are good reasons for that. It could be because it's dashingly good looking and mega suave in a European-styling kind of a way (it sort of looks like a BMW 1 series at first glance) but it also could be because it has great fuel economy and is jam-packed with safety features.

For women, this car is all about making your life easier with loads of clever storage options – there are more in this car than you'll find in an Ikea catalogue.

The Hyundai i30 is sure to get rid of the 'cheap Korean' tag Hyundai has been labelled with and is jumping through all the hoops to be in the running for your next new purse-friendly car. Take a closer look at www.hyundai.com.au

Do your part – choose ethanol

Limit your own carbon emissions by choosing ethanol-blended fuel. You may like to try BP's renewable ethanol fuel (new BP Unleaded 91 + ethanol), which is available at over 150 service stations in Queensland, the ACT and New South Wales. Find your nearest ethanol fuel BP station here! Just enter your postcode and BP will do the rest!










 

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