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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Alfa Romeo Giulietta

25-July-2015

  • Vital Stats
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    $33,000 - $42,000

  •   *****
  •   ****
  •   ****
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    Unleaded 

  •   ***
  •   ***
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    Average 

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    4

  •   ****
The Alfa Romeo Giulietta

The Alfa Romeo Giulietta

As I was test-driving the Alfa Romeo’s Giulietta, it occurred to me that a large part of the demographic has known nothing but hatchback vehicles. I mean, ask any kid to draw a picture of a car and it would most likely resemble a hatch shape. In fact, much of the market sees no reason to drive any other car than a hatch.

The upper end of the hatch market is growing as people aspire to premium hatches rather than premium sedans and soft roaders. Better for the environment, easier to park, not so thirsty, or pricey, a sensible option.

So it seems Alfa Romeo has the answer. The Giulietta offering presents itself as an affordable European alternative, clearly targeted at the Premium market. With Fiat underpinnings, the rest is distinctly Alfa Romeo is still pretty sexy, with its stand out facial features and beautiful curvy lines. The bodywork is finished well with limited gaps and the door action both opening and closing were tight and quality. There's no denying the Giulletta is a good looking car.

The Interior

The seating position takes some tuning, make sure you and the passenger takes time to get that sorted before venturing any further. The test model‘s striking tan leather seats and interior lining was unfortunately coupled with some grainy plastics on the dash leaving me puzzled as to why the maker was trying to cheapen the look?

The car is roomy, and being on the tall side, I was able to adjust the seat to make myself quite comfortable (not without imposing on the challenged leg room in the rear).

The Drive

Once underway, I was pleased with the note of the 1.4 litre engine, the turbocharged petrol motor is smooth and has a subtle and most welcomed bite (0 - 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds). I was relieved going through the gears that the Alfa’s performance was living up to its looks.

The steering felt a little heavy on the initial part of the turn but the load lightens as the little hatch chases the corner. I was impressed with the ride of the car on both good and medium surfaces, a rough road may make a difference to your comfort level.

The car was tested mostly in the city and the taught suspension delivered a comfortable sporty ride, direct and smooth making corners comfortable and fun. I tested the manual model, the six speed shift is really manageable with the ratios spaced well and shifts easy to find. Coupled with an ergonomically sound gear lever and an easy clutch the whole ‘manual in the city’ story seems less of an ordeal.

The stop/start technology on the manual model worked a treat shutting down the car when out of gear -clutch out -brake on. As soon as you press the clutch the car re-starts and off you go.

The Upside

Performance wise, there is no shortage of power and pace. Visibility is good for the shape and size of the vehicle with healthy side mirrors and an unrestricted rear window.

The instruments tacho, fuel gauge, speedo are all easy to read. The data screen between them with red writing is hard to see and a little confusing. I thought the function of the touch screen for telephone operation was easy to manage and of little distraction.

The Downside

The cabin space between the seats seems limited for storing those everyday items such as the wallet, glasses telephone etc. The vanity mirror on the sun visor was too small and the air conditioning knobs are too big, a bit clunky for a small car.

Stereo is ample and the car has blue tooth connectivity although no capacity to stream.


Fuel

Unleaded petrol.

Liked it?

Loved the look and the drive.

Economy

8.2 litres 7.6 litres / 100 km

Conclusion

I’m not sure what the allure of Alfa Romeo is exactly, but this historical brand continues to perform despite its history of questionable reliability and pricey parts. Hopefully this latest generation of Alfas can put that perception to bed once and for all.

The Giulietta has all the practical aspects of a hatch you want without compromising the car’s sporty soul which emanates with its peaky performance and straight forward Italian style.

A stylish and fun drive from a good looking car.

If this car was personified, who would it be?

Violante Placido

 

 


 

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