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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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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Best Car for a Girl on a Budget - Nominees

   
   

Being on a budget should not mean sacrificing style, comfort, performance and safety. This round up of the best budget buys proves exactly that.

The Honda Jazz

Its ultra-versatile seats mean that you can fit anything in this baby is loaded with advanced technologies and packed with creature comforts. Think: enough room to comfortably carry five friends, fun-to-drive handling and impressive fuel efficiency. You'll be planning your next trip before you’ve finished your first.

For more information: www.honda.com.au 

Fiat 500 Pop

Chic, stylish, comfortable and available in a cast of cute-as colours, this car drives like a dream and parks with perfection, thanks to power steering with seamless control.

As for safety, with audio control on the steering wheel and BLUE&ME hands free communication, you can keep your eyes on the road and not the radio. And then there’s the airbags: two front airbags, two-side impact, two-side curtain and one driver’s knee airbag. With a balanced anti-lock brake system and a solid steel safety cage, which channels energy away from the vehicle occupants and into the front and rear comfort zones, you’ll feel extremely well protected.

Its sleek interior features a leather wrapped steering wheel that feels as though it was made to specifically fit your hands and the comfortable seating adjusts to go that little higher for the shorter ladies who love to zip around town in style.

For more information: www.fiat.com.au

Range Rover Evoque

This award-winning car tackles all terrains from mountain ranges to cityscapes. It has a high standard interior with optional bespoke extras to give it your individual stamp. Halogen headlamps, a solar attenuating windscreen, front fog lamps, body coloured mirror caps and side fender blade, tailgate finisher and grille in Brunel all add to its aesthetics as well as its safety.

Speaking of safety, airbag and restraint system, seat belt reminder, hill start assist, anti-lock braking system, dynamic stability control, roll stability control and hill descent control are just a few of the many protective features this functional, fashionable four wheel drive has to offer.

For more information: www.landrover.com.au

Subaru Impreza

They don’t call this little beast ‘One in a Million’ for nothing. With excellent control, All Wheel Drive grip and a sleek, aerodynamic shape, it’s a small car that’s both practical and fun to drive. And as it also boasts sophisticated body design, sleek interior, intuitive voice and touch screen infotainment system, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was a much larger car.

For more information: www.subaru.com.au

Hyundai i20

Zippy, classy and cool, this baby is going places. An athletically streamlined design gives it a sporty feel and head-turning looks. Think: alloy wheels, folding power side mirrors, integrated fog lamps, adjustable driver’s seat and steering wheel and a glove box with a cooling system. Keyless entry, steering audio controls, Bluetooth and AUX/USB with iPod connectivity and advanced safety features are just a few more highlights to draw you in.

For more information: www.hyundai.com.au

VOLVO V40

Sporty, high-levelled handling meets supreme comfort, sophisticated suspension and sharp steering, in a new E-drive 4-cylinder engine that offers the same power as that of a six or an eight. As for safety features, we’re talking a Lane Keeping Aid, Driver Alert System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Active High Beam, Blind Spot Information System and Cross Traffic Alert, Water Repellent Side Front Windows, Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake and Cyclist Detection, plus so, so much more …

For more information: www.volvo.com.au

Cruze Equipe

Let’s start with design features. Finally, someone has offered us heated exterior mirrors to deflect fogginess during winter. That’s a function we’ve been craving since the creation of the wheel. Speaking of wheels, this baby features 17” alloy wheels, which perform even better than they look. Automatic headlights and integrated turn signals cap off the exterior design nicely.

Inside, expect plenty of space in both front and rear, 7” colour screen, Bluetooth phone and audio, enhanced voice control and Siri eyes free mode, as well as Holden MyLink with built in apps.

With a Five-Star ANCAP safety rating, six airbags including side curtain airbags, rear parking sensors and ISOFIX child seat restraints, you’ll feel every bit as safe as you do sexy, when driving this sleek vehicle.

For more information: www.holden.com.au

Ford Fiesta Ambiente

Value for money, chic and sexy and European engineering … what more could a girl want? Well, you’re also going to get five-speed manual transmission, a 1.5l petrol engine, air conditioning, cruise control, eco mode, leather wrapped steering wheel, a trip computer with distance to empty, average fuel economy, average speed and outside air temperature, plus so much more (think: Ford SYNC connectivity with Bluetooth hands-free phone and voice control, USB/iPod connectivity and an audio system
with 3.5”display and six speakers). And with a Five-Star ANCAP safety rating, you’re driving sweetly and safely.

For more information: www.ford.com.au

Mercedes-Benz A Class

While the name pretty much sums up this beautiful piece of machinery, it’s important to point out highlights, including dynamically curved exterior surfaces and a coupe like window line. The arrow shaped front and distinctive side character lines create a powerful impression of a forward thrust even when the car is motionless.


As for the interior, a sporty ambience with plenty of elegance and a spacious feel is thanks to ergonomic design, form and arrangement. With a Four Phase Safety feature, which includes preempting and preventing accidents with Attention
Assist, Lane Keeping assist and more, right through to post-accident features such as automatic engine turn off, eye-catching hazard lighting and measures to aid in rescue, you’re as assured of safety as you are of style with this chic number.

For more information: www.mercedes-benz.com.au

Audi A3

Progressive, dynamic, efficient and connected the new A3 makes an impressive statement, with its wide, low, compact design and precise lines. The interior is all class – elegant leather seats with appointed trim and a minimalist approach. An intuitive infotainment system, MMI navigation plus with MMI touch and a high-resolution, electrically retractable colour display are just some of the optional features you’ll find hard to resist.

As with all Audi’s the A3’s aerodynamic design aids in reduction of fuel consumption, enhanced efficiency, increased range and reduced emissions.

For more information: www.audi.com.au

Volkswagen Polo 66 TSI Trendline DSG

With an elegant and sophisticated design that’s been refreshed to offer even more dynamic character, this car exudes confidence. External features include vibrant bumper and headlight designs, an expressive radiator grille with chrome strip and a distinctive lower air intake flanked by daytime driving lights. The integrated roof spoiler, side skirts and streamlined side mirrors complete the stylish, aerodynamic bodywork.

As for the interior, aside from being gorgeous to look at, it’s super comfy to sit in and will relax even the most nervous driver. All the car’s controls are presented in a logical, easy-to-understand and easy-to-operate fashion. Its infotainment offering features the Composition Media audio system, with 6.5” touch screen display, Bluetooth connectivity and Volkswagen’s newest innovation; App-Connect, which uses Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto® and MirrorLink® software to seamlessly integrate your smartphone and enable access to a select range of smartphone applications.

A rear view camera makes driving easier and safer, while multiple safety features garnered the Polo a maximum Five-Star
ANCAP safety rating.

For more information: www.volkswagen.com.au

SKODA Fabio Ambition 77SI DSG

With electric sunroof, sunset glass,fog lights and satellite steel wheels, this is a road-tripper’s dream come true. Add to that Bluetooth and Audio streaming, Swing Radi0 with dual antenna and music CD, CD-MP3 and CD-WMA player. Mobile interface device and a multi-function steering wheel, and you’re cruising down Easy Street. Space is plentiful, safety is paramount and the driver’s seat can be practically customised to mold to your shape.

For more information: www.skoda.com.au

BMW118i

A new look and refreshing attitude give this five-door model sporty character. We’re talking a sexy reshaped exterior with a new front and rear bumper, new tailgate design, redesigned kidney grille and model specific alloy wheels. There is also a range of new exterior colours on offer, including sparkling brown and Platinum Silver.

Interior high-gloss black and chrome details will bring a smile to your face, as will a new instrument display that has been improved with a 5.7 inch display that puts all the vehicle information you need right in front of you – current fuel consumption, lane change guidance and essential speed limit information. BMW ConnectedDrive is a huge plus.

It’s the intelligent linking of vehicle, driver and outside world, which makes sure you’re always connected. The new BMW 1 Series 5-door has BMW ConnectedDrive as standard, so you experience the benefit of: active cruise control, free automatic map updates, Park Assist for both parallel and bay parking and Drive Assist, Real Time Traffic Information, Bluetooth and audio streaming.

For more information: www.bmw.com.au

MINI 1

This sophisticated, snappy car scores high on functionality and elegance alike. With super-comfortable upholstered seats, a revamped dashboard, 10 stylish shades to choose from and more safety features than you can shake an airbag at, this is the ultimate budget buy for any gal.

For more information: www.mini.com.au

Mitsubishi Mirage ES Hatch

This stylish number teams space (there’s enough room to comfortably sit five adults and 60/40 folding seats for storage) with safety. Think: six airbags, hills start control, active stability control, anti-lock braking system and electronic brake force distribution. Its stylish exterior is lighter in construction to ensure optimal fuel economy and low CO2 emissions and a 4.6 metre-turning radius allows for easy maneuvering tight city traffic.

For more information: www.mitsubishi-motors.com.au

Nissan Pulsar Hatch

This car offers next generation technology, fusing style, performance and value for money. With a 140kW turbo petrol engine, 17inch alloy wheels, leather accented seat trim, rear view camera with distance guidance lines and Integrated Satellite Navigation; it’s hard to go past.

An extra roomy interior with 60/40 split fold seating allows you to ferry all kinds of things, from a Great Dane to a mass of Scandinavian flat packs. Then, there’s the intuitive instrument cluster and advanced Multi-Function Drive Computer, which gives you all the information you need at just a glance – fuel consumption, driving range and even the outside temperature. Add to that a Bluetooth hands free phone system, remote keyless entry and steering wheel controls and you’ve got a great all-rounder at a brilliant price.

For more information: www.nissan.com.au

Kia Cerato Hatch

With more safety features than a stuntman’s prop kit, this car will get you on the road safely, but in style. We’re talking front corner and rear parking sensors with dash display, rear view camera with in-audio screen display emergency stop signal, front and rear fog lamps, and so much more. With a spick interior that will make you feel like you’re flying business class, its exterior doesn’t let you down, either. Think: UV glass and windscreen with sun band. Body coloured bumpers and door handles and body coloured electric outside heated door mirrors with side indicators.

For more information: www.kia.com.au

Suzuki SWIFT

Sporty, spirited and sleek … what every girl wants in a car .Add to the mix stability and dynamic handling, sophisticated technology like a multi-media satellite navigation, Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming and seven airbags, and you’re looking at the budget car of your dreams!

For more information: www.suzuki.com.au

 

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