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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Buying a New Car?

Written by Shonagh Walker: 19-October-2015

Wise up before you buy your next new car

Wise up before you buy your next new car

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Have you ever felt that you’re not taken seriously when you step into a car yard? Yep, me too. In fact, the first time I was able to buy a real, brand spanking new car, I was almost bullied into buying a second hand car that I found completely uncomfortable and ugly, denied the test drive of the car I wanted to buy and ended up buying a demo model car at full retail price. Don’t get me wrong, I love my car and 15 years on, it runs as steadily as the day I drove it home, but my memories of being treated badly, and duped into paying retail for what is essentially a second hand car, remain fresh in my mind.

If only I had known David Lye, founder of Private Fleet, who acts as a middle man between you and the dealership, helping you to find the right car at the right price. 

“Women do feel that they’re not taken seriously when going into a car yard,” laments David. “It is a very blokey environment and women can often feel intimidated and pressured.” 

“Even couples notice it,” he adds. “The salesperson will chat to the man about the motor, fuel consumption and tyre tread and then spend a few minutes asking the female what colour she would prefer.”

“It turns what should be a really exciting experience into a horrible one, which you will remember for years to come. It really can take the shine off the new car.” 

According to David, there are some common sales traps that car buyer’s can easily fall into. Below, we’ve listed them, and David has offered some easy ways to avoid them, ensuring your car buying experience is as seamless and special as it should be.

1.   THE SACRIFICIAL LAMB

You’ve spotted it online. It’s the car of your dreams, at a price you can’t believe. You race into the dealership, only to find that it’s been sold already.

“A car will be often be advertised at an unbelievably cheap price,” explains David. “It’s frequently a hugely popular make and model, and it will be advertised to stand out more than any other car in the dealership.”

“By the time you arrive to find it sold, you’re caught in the dealership web, where you can be coerced into test-driving any of the other more expensive cars in the lot.”

“The worst case scenario is that the car was never there – the ad was simply a lure to get you in. At best, there was only one car in the lot at that price and the dealer was willing to take the loss on its sale, as he can make it up by getting people into the yard and buying the pricier vehicles.”

2.   Beware the Demo Models

This is where I went wrong. “People get really excited about buying ex-demos,” explains David. “They naturally assume the price will be discounted well beyond that of a brand new car. This may often happen, but it doesn’t make up for the fact that you are buying a used car.”

Even if the car only has 2000kilomters on it, the amount of drivers it has had to make up that number should never be discounted.

“The average test drive is around five to 10kilomters”, says David, “and each one is a big workout on the car; testing acceleration and brakes. If the car has driven 2000 kilometers, that means it has had around 200 people giving it that workout. It can take a toll.”

“People also tend to compromise on demo models,” explains David. “It might be your second choice in colour, or have features that don’t really interest you. Sometimes it is worth paying that little bit more for the new car you really want.”

3.   Be Realistic about Trade-ins

“People often think the car they are trading in is worth more than it really is. They look online to compare, but these prices advertised are not necessarily what they sell for. It tends to always be a lot less than average advertised price.” 

“It’s also imperative to remember that if you are trading it in, you will be getting a wholesale price, which then goes through to auctions and the car yard makes a small profit. There is a huge gulf between wholesale and retail.” 

Moral of the story? It might be worth your while selling your old car yourself, to recoup the extra funds.

4.   Avoid Options and Accessories

“You don’t necessarily need to get roof racks and tow bars on your new car when you purchase it, and it is in fact cheaper if you don’t,” stresses David.

“You won’t pay the taxes that are lumbered on new car accessories, such as GSTand Stamp Duty, which can be five per cent. If it is a luxury car over $60,000 you’ll have to pay 33% extra tax on each of those accessories.”

“You can buy extras brand new from an accessory workshop and they can fit for you in a matter of a couple of hours,” recommends David. “It will likely be a lot cheaper. Getting it done at the dealership itself is probably not the most cost effective way.”

5.   Don’t go it alone

“Don’t go into the lion’s den alone,” warns David. There are car brokers, such as private fleet, whose sole job is to work on your behalf to find the right car and then negotiate the price.

“We work with car yards regularly and buy a great deal of automobiles through them, so we have better bargaining power and we can help you choose a car that is best suited to your lifestyle.”

“We can often secure discounts that are not otherwise offered to the general public. WE charge a one-off membership fee of $178 to research several vehicles and go into bat for you, saving you time, stress and effort.”

For more information: www.privatefleet.com.au


 

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