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 Seven Seater Car (aka Mums Car) - Nominees

   




Fashion forward Mums know better than to lose their chic once they have a child glued to their hip. And why should they? Their passengers may have a tendency to drool, spit up, leave smelly footy shoes in the boot and orange peel between the seats, but that doesn’t mean they can’t drive them around in style. Combine elegance with safety, affordability, room, drive and all-round family functionality, these babies tick every box (and even create a few new ones).

The Honda Odyssey

This sexy people mover offers the agility of a small car, outstanding fuel economy, a sleek exterior, but plenty of room inside for family, friends and luggage or sporting equipment. Seating can be adjusted according to passenger’s whims, from captain’s chairs in the second row which can slide together for enhanced access to the third row, or apart for a middle corridor. Fuel economy is outstanding, as is its power. You’ll love driving your crowd around in this baby.

For more information: www.honda.com.au

Fiat Freemont Crossroad

With optional All-Wheel drive, this beautiful beast can help you tackle all terrains. Its powerful V6 engine can handle nearly any road condition. Pack your family and friends - with the option of three rows of seating, you can bring up to six of your best mates to join in on your escapades – and hit the road! You can also alter the configuration to allow for the optimal balance between passengers and cargo - attach a roof rack and choose from available accessories such as cargo carriers/roof boxes, bike racks, and ski and snowboard carriers.
In terms of safety, the Fiat Freemont Crossroad keeps you well protected with a comprehensive system of airbags, anti-lock brakes, Electronic Stability Control, hill holder and Trailer Sway Control.

For more information: www.fiat.com.au

Holden Captiva 7

With a sunroof, 18” wheels, fog lights, leather appointed seats, active badge and roof rails, the Captiva 7 will capture your heart. Its irresistible compact exterior and sedan-like maneuverability redefines what you would expect from a family-sized SUV.

There are three rows of easily adjustable seating, which can comfortably seat seven people and a cabin full of gear. Combined with features such as Rear Park Assist and a high ride height, getting in and out of tight spots has never been easier.

Other features include an MP3 compatible CD player, USB with iPod connectivity, Bluetooth for hands-free calling or music streaming, leather wrap steering wheel, cruise control, Passive Entry and Start.

For more information: www.holden.com.au

Ford Territory MKI Titanium

Hidden beneath this beauty’s sleek exterior are a host of safety features - five airbags, Dynamic Stability Control with Rollover Mitigation and Traction Control, Emergency Brake Assist and a reverse camera. Inside, you’ll find enough space to sit seven people, leather bound steering wheel, Wi-Fi feature. Satellite navigation with traffic Message Channel, cloth seats with leather side bolsters, dual zone climate control and so much more.

For more information: www.ford.com.au

 

Mercedes-Benz GL Class

This luxury SUV brings together expressive design, a high sense of value, generous spaciousness and excellent ease of operation. It also sets new standards when it comes to safety, with a large number of standard-specification and optionally available safety and assistance systems to get you to your destination more safely and in a more relaxed state.

Speaking of relaxed, the combination of generous and flexible interior space, together with a maximum load compartment volume of up to 2300 litres (with the rear bench seats folded down) or three seat rows for seven passengers, makes this luxury class SUV a talented all-rounder in any situation.

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

Audi Q7

Athletic, timeless, and unique, the Q7’s exterior boasts precise edges, incisive lines and a horizontal emphasis. With smaller exterior dimensions for enhanced agility, its bold form conveys a progressive design. Don’t be fooled though; the smaller exterior belies the spacious interior. In fact, the third row of seats is just as comfortable as the first, with electrically folded and raised backrests. A generous feeling of space and several different configuration options means you can create the number of seats and amount of luggage space you need at any given moment—configured for two, three, four, five, six or seven seats, and up to five child seats.

Other interior features include elegant upper and lower inlays with various customisable combinations, high-quality Valcona leather upholstery, automatic air conditioning that can be tailored to your personal preferences— and those of your passengers—with the optional four -zone deluxe automatic air conditioning.

For more information: www.audi.com.au

BMW X5

The third generation of the X5, this boasts powerful design, luxuriousness spaciousness, cutting-edge versatility and awesome driving pleasure. Its powerful, alert front-end look, with twin circular headlights, and elegantly stretched silhouette, athletically moulded wheel arches, horizontal lines and taut surfaces at the rear, all optimise this beastie’s aerodynamic properties and are integrated seamlessly into its overall design.

Regarding the interior … think: Increased space, a truly luxe vibe, raised seating position; low-set instrument panel, easy-to-vary seating, which includes 40:20 :40 split/folding rear seat backrest and a boot capacity of 650 – 1,870 litres. Rear comfort seats and an additional third row of seats are both available as options.

Finally, fuel consumption is reduced, thanks to weight minimization, optimised air guidance, engine technology and the efficient eight-speed automatic gearbox with additional BMW Efficient Dynamics technology.

For more information: www.bmw.com.au

Land Rover Discovery

As one of the world's most premium, capable and versatile SUVs, the Discovery is the perfect vehicle for people who enjoy living an active lifestyle. Its stadium seating gives all passengers unspoiled views, while a range of infotainment and technologies will keep everyone entertained, relaxed and comfortable.

Its striking styling gives the vehicle a more contemporary look, while space-wise, it has the capability to transport the driver, six passengers and their luggage, and a towing capacity of 3,500kg.

For more information: www.landrover.com.au

Hyundai Santa Fe

The stylish and spacious Santa Fe is stronger, nimbler and more fuel efficient than ever, and comes with a reassuring maximum 5-Star ANCAP safety rating. Ready for action, dynamic and athletic, it’s a sophisticated and contemporary family car that combines high levels of comfort and versatility with an enhanced open road performance.

Santa Fe matches its stylish European looks with a flexible interior that seats seven in comfort. With generous storage space throughout, and 40:20:40 split second row rear seats, you can quickly configure the Santa Fe to suit every journey. The twin-panel panorama glass roof floods the cabin with light, while providing shade and insulation from the wind. 

For more information: www.hyundai.com.au

Mitsubishi Outlander LS

Combining elegance, luxury, safety, strength, power and versatility this beauty sure makes a statement on the road!  As you relax into the luxurious interior you’ll find surprising features that make every journey an experience. With the option of five or seven seat models, you get more space, comfort and versatility. Not to mention the option of both 2WD and 4WD models and driving performance from engines that have the power to surprise.

For more information: www.mitsubishi.com.au

Nissan X-Trail ST-L

Sleek and stylish, this is designed to make every day driving a joy. Packed full of practical features, it’s family proof, stylish and sturdy.  It can fit the entire family, plus all your essentials and it is packed with technologically advanced features like NissanConnect and Advanced Drive Assist Display available across the range with the innovative Around View® Monitor^ on the ST-L and Ti models.

For more information: www.nissan.com.au

KIA Sorento

Ticking all the right boxes - comfort, performance, safety and style, this baby is an expression of unrivaled refinement. Combining an elegant silhouette with a rugged, athletic personality, it features 17” alloy wheels, Seven inch satellite navigation with rear View Camera, front and rear parking sensors and electric parking brake with auto hold, plus so much more.

For more information: www.kia.com.au

Lexus LX 570

With the power and torque for towing or hill climbing, this baby will take you wherever you want to go.  Its exterior boasts stylish lines, a new spindle grille and high performance alloy wheels designed to make driving and travelling truly pleasurable.

Inside, expect all the comforts of home. Up to eight adults can travel in style, surrounded by advanced instrumentation, luxurious appointments and intelligent technologies, including the crisp sounds of Digital Radio.

For more information: www.lexus.com.au

Volvo XC 90

What do you get if you cross leading-edge technology, unimaginable style, luxurious pampering, seven-seater practicality and great value for money? The Volvo XC 90, that’s what. Functionality and design marry seamlessly in this luxury SUV, both inside and out. Finished with the finest materials and designed to stand out on the road, this is truly a work of the finest Swedish craftsmanship.

For more information: www.volvo.com.au

 

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