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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Of course, function is important, but who doesn’t want to zip around in a car that screams ‘sexy’. Here, a round up of the sexiest cars for ladies, for 2015. Get voting!

The Honda HR-V

Featuring everything from a 7-inch colour touch screen Display Audio system, to a multi-angle reversing camera compact in size, this baby boasts enormous style. To help keep you safe the City-Brake Active System uses a laser sensor to alert with a visual warning and an audible sound, before automatically reducing your speed if a pending collision is detected.

The spacious cabin is enhanced by the electric panoramic sunroof, giving you access to the great outdoors from the comfort of the great indoors.

For more information: www.honda.com.au

Alfa Romeo 4C

Heritage and aerodynamic gracefulness combine in this beautiful automobile, built in Modena, using Alfa engineering and Maserati manufacturing. Performance has never been this alluring. Each feature of the Alfa Romeo 4C’s breathtaking looks - like its slim volumes, muscular design and air intakes – has a specific aerodynamic function and contributes to creating down force to increase stability at top speed, so safety is a priority, too.

Inside, the unique body cell is made from bare carbon fibre. Competition seats guarantee a comfortable but correct racing posture, incorporate a reinforced composite structure and special lightweight padding. The dashboard is made from a thermoformed shell, like those found on limited edition supercars and the controls are all aimed at giving the driver complete control of the car. The instrument panel graphics are inspired by professional competition cars, while aluminium pedals and heel guards form the last details of a true sporting character.

For more information: http://www.alfaromeo.com.au/alfa-4c

Ford Fiesta ST

With a push button start, this sexy beast is turned on in an instant. Other features that you’ll find insatiable include a racy interior fitted with world-famous RECARO® sports seats, which provide ergonomic shoulder and
torso support for an exhilarating ride that doesn’t compromise. A sleek sports body kit and dynamic front fascia, the ST’s design completely lust-worthy. Also, its integrated rear spoiler and dual-pipe chrome exhaust, delivers stunning comfort.

For more information: http://www.ford.com.au/fiesta-st

Mercedes-Benz S Class Coupe

Let’s get the fun stuff out of the way first – optional Swarovski crystals trim on unique day and night lights design, in conjunction with the LED Intelligent light system, daytime running lamps and turn indicators are just perfect for a girl who loves to combine sexy, safety and style.

Speaking of which, top-level safety features include intelligently networked driver assistance and safety systems that analyse every situation and can actively support the driver in case of need. Inside, you’ve got comfort state of the art technology, thanks to innovative controls, while optional head-up display that projects important information directly onto the windscreen. The touch pad recognises hand gestures just as a smart phone would, while the sculptural shape of the dash and large wood trim elements blend into the fine materials concept.

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

Audi TT

With an energetic appearance featuring horizontally designed rear and high-tension bodywork, this is a silhouette that stands out - dynamic and athletic down to the last detail. Precisely designed around a single aim: to impress with powerful aesthetics. There is visibly more sportiness, thanks to the optional Audi Matrix LED headlights in 3D design with characteristic horizontal and vertical elements. Futuristic and progressive, the headlights are made up of single light emitting diodes that recognise oncoming traffic and optimise illumination of the surrounding area.

The rear is striking too, equipped with LED technology as standard and with a continuous brake light
design. A distinctly expressive interior combines design, sportiness and maximum comfort. It’s customisable to your personality too, with optional coloured interior elements on the console, seats and turbine design air vents.

Convincing and high-class, the new Audi TT offers optional S sport seats, available for the first time, plus innovative and intuitive air-conditioning controls in the dashboard. All interior elements are designed with the aim of allowing the driver to fully concentrate on the most important thing: driving.

For more information: www.audi.com.au

Volkswagen Scirocco R

If you value performance, individuality and precision engineering, this is your car. Its grille features the 'R' badge, a unique gloss black finish, and directs a steady flow of air to the radiator, while the 19-inch Cadiz alloy wheels are wrapped in low profile 235/35 R19 tyres.

Like everything else on this car, their looks are every bit as good as their performance. Bi-Xenon headlights offer superior clarity and provide the illumination you need, right where you need it. The LED taillights and registration plate light catch the eye while dual chrome exhausts enhance the sporty appearance.

In terms of safety, a large rear spoiler has an integrated third brake light for a sporty style, while front and rear parking sensors and ease of tailgate access with its nifty swiveling Volkswagen badge make parking a breeze. The standard Rear View Camera adds an extra layer of convenience and further alleviates the stress of parking.

With App-Connect – three innovative technologies allow you to bring selected smart phone apps on to your infotainment system’s touch screen. The sports seats combine adjustability and excellent ergonomic design, and the leather-bound steering wheel features gearshift paddles on the DSG model.

For more information: www.volkswagen.com.au

Octavia RS 162 TSI DSG

Dreaming of a sports car but need the practicality of a family vehicle? You’ve got it, with this baby. The electrically controlled sunroof can be tipped out or shifted backwards to create a bright and airy interior climate. Light Assist automatically determines the best headlight setting for your driving conditions, while the 18" light alloy Pictoris wheels grip the road beautifully in all conditions.

In true racetrack style, paddle shifters are situated behind the multi-function leather steering wheel and the racing inspired leather appointed, fabric bolstered bucket seats give the Octavia RS an effortless blend of sporting style and luxury. And, for those who love their music, the eight-speaker sound system can be upgraded even further to a premium, German 10-speaker Canton Sound System.

For more information: www.skoda.com.au

BMW i8

You’re looking at the first sports car with the consumption and emission values of a compact car. This success of this plug-in hybrid lies in the perfect synchronisation of electric motor and combustion engine, which marries the highest efficiency and dynamics.

As for exterior design, its dynamic proportions reveal its acceleration potential even when it's motionless, but its good looks always follow a functional goal: for example, more aerodynamics allow for maximum efficiency and absolute performance.

The prominent scissor doors - which swing upwards when opened - are a visual highlight and blend perfectly in the smooth lines of the body. When open, the doors emphasise the entire sporty character of the interior, which is continued seamlessly in the interior of the BMW i8. All elements are light and dynamically positioned.

For more information: www.bmw.com.au

Mini JCW

This new five-door release has been described as ‘the gruntiest mini ever’ promising a combination of punch, dynamism and equipment. With JCW sports seats, front and rear park distance controls, a reversing camera, Head-Up Display, Dynamic Damper Control, 18-inch light alloy wheels, LED headlights and Professional Navigation with 8.8-inch split screen monitor, it’s got all the functionality you need, but with a truly sexy edge.

For more information: www.mini.com.au

Jaguar F Type

Like the sleek cat it’s named for, this beast is powerful, agile and distinctive. Combining effortless, exhilarating performance with precise agile handling, it’s the ultimate in sexiness, safety and practicality. With All Wheel Drive, it delivers outstanding, confident performance n matter what the road throws at you. The interior is equally as sexy as the racy exterior, with intuitive technologies and functional ergonomics.

For more information: www.jaguar.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

Suzuki SWIFT SPORT

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 sports car of your dreams!

For more information: www.suzuki.com.au

Subaru BRZ

This compact sports coupe features dynamic handling characteristics and stunning sports style. A unique demonstration of the Boxer engine and a low centre of gravity offer a stripped back, authentic sports car driving experience. Even the cockpit layout and design is glamorous, with everything positioned for exceptional driver control.

For more information: www.subaru.com.au

Hyundai Veloster

A streamlined profile that exudes sportiness and a sense of constant movement, thanks to a low stance, muscular wheel arches and signature hexagonal front grille. In all, you’ve got a confident, bold and dynamic presence. A twin-panel panorama glass roof floods the cabin with light, yet provides shade and insulation from the wind, as well as relief from heat and external noises, all at the touch of a button.

A lively and bold colour palette is available, meaning that you can choose a hue that suits you. Plus 18” alloys with painted inserts, adds even more attitude and sexiness.

We love that the headlamps turn on automatically at dusk or when encountering low light levels, to ensure that you're always safe whilst driving. Large, wrap-around rear combination lamps use an LED array for maximum brightness, saving energy and enhancing safety.

For more information: www.hyundai.com.au

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

A car that does the thinking for you? That’s sexy and smart. Evolution’s leather wrapped sports steering wheel features cruise control, audio and phone controls, while its Rockford Fosgate premium audio system has a 7" full colour display audio system, with AM/FM, Single CD player, iPod connectivity and rear view camera interface with nine speakers, including four tweeters and a subwoofer.

Mitsubishi Multi Communication System (MMCS) is an integrated communication and media system available on MR models, which provides satellite navigation, voice activated Bluetooth, navigation control, reversing camera, iPod connectivity and a host of other features, controlled via a 7” colour touch screen.

Alloy pedals provide better pedal feel and add a sporty touch to the interior, while the ergonomic seat design offers outstanding side support and firm bolstering, together with superior comfort and safety.

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

Nissan 370Z Roadster

Roofless, ruthless and one of the most comfortable convertibles you’ll ever drive, hours of wind tunnel testing has ensured that this drives like the wind, never against it.

With the touch of a button, the roof stores itself away in less than 20 seconds. A tempered glass wind deflector also cuts cabin noise and turbulence making for a quietly exhilarating open-air ride. When it comes to controlling all the power, the 370Z offers either a six-speed close-ratio manual or a seven-speed auto with M-Mode that uses steering wheel mounted, ‘racing style’ paddle shifters to move through the gears. And thanks to SynchroRev Match, a computer that automatically adjusts engine speed, every gear change will be as perfect as a race-driver’s.

For more information: www.nissan.com.au

KIA Proceed GT

With turbo-charged power, chic three-door styling, and a sporty interior, it’s easy to love the new Kia Proceed GT. A roaring turbo engine and bold sporty design mean it’s a capable street performer, designed for – and meeting - high expectations. Combining all the latest style, safety and performance features you could want in a sporty hatch, specifications include a 1.6L turbo petrol engine, backed by an Unlimited Kilometre Seven Year Warranty.

For more information: www.kia.com.au

Lexus RC F

If any luxury vehicle is going to get your blood pumping, this is it. The RC F offers 351 kW of power, a top speed of 270km/h and a five-litre V8 engine. But these figures only tell part of the story … it's the way this car makes you feel that really counts – think goose bumps as you accelerate, heart racing as you navigate a corner, that addictive shot of adrenaline as you take to the open road. Safety procedures include eight SRS airbags, lane departure warning, pre-collision safety system and active cruise control. The RCF has a sexy sporting design that stirs your anticipation for the ultimate driving experience. The seats, steering wheel, instrument meters and pedals have also all been fashioned to create a sports-oriented driving experience.

For more information: www.lexus.com.au

Volvo V60 Polestar

You want sexy? You’ve got it with this car. Its four-cylinder engine offers pure driving pleasure—think, speed and performance, with less fuel. An optional gearshift paddles along the wheel for faster, more precise manual shifting and the luxurious cabin feel with custom-made, ergonomic front seats, flexible folding rear seats, premium leather, legroom for miles and plenty of storage makes this the car of your dreams.

The cutting-edge technology system perfectly reflects Swedish innovation—minimal, intuitive and designed for maximum enjoyment. Born and bred on the racetrack, the V60 Polestar is a full on performance car. Developed with one thing in mind – to deliver optimal driveability on all roads, in all conditions, all year round.

For more information: www.volvo.com.au

 

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