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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The Best First Car - Nominees

   

Few things in life are as exciting as buying your first car. That feeling of freedom and independence, the smell of that fresh, new interior, the glossy exterior that you lovingly wash and polish each weekend, and long road trips with girlfriends with the radio blasting out your favourite tunes.

Here’s the line-up of Best First Car Finalists for 2015. Vote for your fav to win!

The Honda Civic Sedan

You want your first car to be able to comfortably fit all your buddies and their baggage, right? This baby doesn’t disappoint, with loads of interior space, including super comfy seats in fabric or leather. Chat to friends who aren’t there (or who you’re picking up) with steering
wheel mounted controls that let you answer a call, or find the perfect road-trip soundtrack without taking your hands off the wheel. It’s got awesome fuel economy, so it won’t break the budget, and it drives like a total dream.

For more information: www.honda.com.au

Fiat 500 Lounge

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: http://www.fiat.com.au/

Audi A1 Sportsback

A stylish ride in a chic and compact package, the new Audi A1 Sportsback combines elegance with remarkable performance. It marries a sporty design with exceptional technologies, including safe and modern communication options, which allows you to safely, and legally, take those all-important work calls when you’re in traffic.

With a flatter, wider design than previous models, it also boasts clear contours and angular headlights and external mirrors that give it a completely aerodynamic appeal. You can also contrast the roofline colour to the exterior colour of your choice.

As for its interior, think: luxury of space and many options for you to truly individualise the car as your own. For instance, an optional MMI® navigation plus features a 6.5-inch colour display with 3D map display. And, you’ll just love the 14 loudspeakers of optional Bose surround sound system.

For more information: www.audi.com.au

Volkswagen Golf 90 TSI DSG

A premium car for a price that’s as comfortable as the seating, the Golf 90 TSI DSG offers exceptional performance, seamless electronic steering and sensational fuel economy. With a sporty silhouette, shiny chrome edges, halogen headlights and a black radiator grille with chrome insert, this little number simply screams style.

But it doesn’t end there. A high quality interior boasts functionality as well as a fashionable look and feel. Finally, with more storage space in the back than ever before, it’s the perfect road trip or simply get-around-town option. The reassurance of a three-year/unlimited kilometer warranty and capped-price servicing, a five star safety rating caps it all off nicely.

For more information: www.volkswagenaustralia.com.au

SKODA Rapid Specback Ambition 90TSI DSG

With the quality of a European luxury vehicle at a down-to-earth-Aussie price, this baby is becoming an increasingly favourite buy for women. Sleek driving experience aside (think: Seven speed DSG dual clutch unit), cruise control, air-conditioning, mobile device interface, alloy wheels, Bluetooth audio and phone, as well as super-low economy drive of 6.0-litres/100km, leaves us amazed that it’s priced under $20,000.

For more information: www.skoda.com.au

BMW 116i

Classy? Check. Keyless Entry? You got it. Simple push button start? Tick that box, too. Need we go on? Why not …With six airbags, state of the art engine and suspension technology, better fuel efficiency than ever before, plenty of space inside to enjoy your computer screen, hands-free Bluetooth, cruise control, a six-speaker stereo system and iDrive controller, who could resist? The ECO PRO option offers a zippier drive but rest assured, all models will see you getting around town swiftly and in style.

For more information: www.bmw.com.au

MINI Hatch

Available in three or five door, 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 first-time car for any gal.

For more information: www.mini.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 Celerio 2015

A surprisingly special car, this has all the features of a large vehicle, but in a compact, classy body. Light, agile and economical, it’s the perfect city run about, but can easily lend itself to more rural adventures. With six airbags, a luggage capacity of 254 litres, and fuel efficiency of 4.7 litres per 100 kilometers, it’s hard to believe this snazzy model is priced under $13,000.

For more information: www.suzuki.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

Mitsubishi ASX XLS

With all the practicalities of a small car, but the benefits of an SUV, this will turn your head and capture your heart. A spacious interior and cargo area, advanced safety features and outstanding on-road performance, you’re in for a smooth, safe and quiet ride. Exceptional efficiency, LED daytime running headlights and a panoramic glass
roof on XLS models, it’s available in 2WD and 4WD.

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

Nissan Micra

A five-door hatch with personality-plus, this could well be the most fun car you’ve ever driven. It features expert handling and agile performance, married with savvy tech
features like rear view camera and satellite navigation on the Ti model. A perfect package of engineering, capability and functionality, it’s designed to put the smile in your drive.

For more information: www.nissan.com.au

KIA Rio Hatch

A five-door hatch with a coupe-like silhouette, this car’s flowing lines combine with the latest technology, fuel efficiency with lower emissions, which makes for a happy driver and planet. Cloth interior with two-way adjustable steering column ensures driver comfort, while back seat passengers will enjoy the extra headroom.

For more information: www.kia.com.au

Lexus CT 200h

Touted as the “World’s First Luxury Hybrid Hatch,” this promises sporty performance with low emissions, as well as excellent fuel efficiency. With the ability to respond immediately to your mood, the CT 200h can perform in NORMAL mode for a more relaxed driving style, or switch to SPORT mode when you want to sharpen the steering and accelerator calibration somewhat. A spacious, luxurious interior with a low seat position tops off the luxe driving experience beautifully.

For more information: www.lexus.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

 

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