Review Bad Moms

entertainment

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?

Click here to go straight to the article

Members

Register now to become an AutoChic member.
Sign Up

Forgotten your password?

Time for a tyre check
whatshot

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.

Click here to go straight to the article
whatshot

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.

Click here to go straight to the article
tyres

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.

Click here to go straight to the article
entertainment

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.

Click here to go straight to the article

Poll

Would you eventually like to order and buy your car online?

You must be logged in to participate in this poll.

 

Advertisement ^

Book a test drive today!

I agree to be contacted by Macquarie Leasing with information about car finance and purchasing services.

AutoChic Car Buying services are provided by Macquarie Leasing Pty Ltd ABN 38 002 674 982 ("Macquarie Leasing"). Autochic 90 124 078 879 is a third party, independent of Macquarie Leasing and is not authorised to act or make representations on behalf of Macquarie Leasing. Autochic may receive a commission for referring clients to Macquarie Leasing.

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

20-December-2014

  • Vital Stats
  •  

    $44,400 - $54,900

  •   *****
  •   *****
  •   ****
  •  

    Petrol and diesel 

  •   *****
  •   ****
  •  

    Big enough 

  •  

    4

  •   ****
BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

The new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is compact, yet comfortable and all class.

Style & Drive

Presenting new standards of form and functionality, BMW introduces its elite driving dynamics to the premium compact class.

The new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is a versatile five seater available in four models which includes a choice of three petrol and one diesel BMW TwinPower Turbo engines – the 218i Active Tourer ($44,000), the 218d Active Tourer ($47,800), the 220i Active Tourer ($50,900), and the 225i Active Tourer ($54,900).

The four model lineup features front wheel drive allowing a spacious interior compared to its compact looking exterior. With an overall length of just 4342mm, width of 1800mm and height of 1555mm, it is slightly wider and taller than the more rugged BMW X1. From the front, the kidney grill is flanked by twin circular headlights, a sharply raked windscreen and sculpted bonnet. Sharp lines contour the side of the vehicle to the rear-end, highlighting the sophisticated presence of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer.

Interior

On the inside, the cabin is large and luxurious with high-end trimmings – up front, the driver and front passenger seats are manually adjustable for the right support and comfort, while the roomy rear offers ample area for three occupants and an expansive luggage compartment.

Finally, the tailgate can be opened and closed by pressing the button on the remote control key fob, or via button on the inside of the vehicle or tailgate – the ultimate in convenience.

Extremely well equipped with standard features including electric tailgate operation, electric windows and mirrors, climate control, cruise control, automatic lights and windscreen wipers, front and rear Park Distance Control, Navigation system, convenient communications with extended Bluetooth functionality, and six airbags, the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer delivers a powerful performance combined with efficient fuel consumption.

Safety

All BMW 2 Series Active Tourer vehicles feature an extensive range of safety and assistance functions including Rear View Camera, front and rear Park Distance Control, Intelligent Emergency Call and Driving Assistant.

The Intelligent Emergency Call is especially useful in the event of an accident, initiating a phone call for assistance to ensure a rapid and effective response, as well as automatically transmitting vehicle location and accident severity information.

The Driving Assistant detects stationary obstacles and provides alerts of potential hazards such as Lane Departure Warning and Collision and Pedestrian Warnings.

Eco

The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer includes the ECO PRO mode offering even greater efficiency with up to a 20 per cent reduction in fuel consumption.

The 218i Active Tourer offers maximum outputs of 100kW and 220Nm with an EU combined test fuel consumption of 5.2l/100km and CO2 emissions of 122g/km.

The mid-range 218d Active Tourer is one of the most fuel efficient in its class using only 4.2l/100km on the EU cycle with CO2 emissions of 111g/km.

The range-topping 220i Active Tourer returns a low 5.9l/100kim with CO2 emissions of just 111g/km on the EU test cycle.

Describe the car in 3 words

Compact. Comfortable. Classy.

What are the best things about this car?

It’s compact on the outside yet spacious on the inside. Low loading height yet high seating position. Nice tight steering gives good control. Love the auto tailgate!

And the downsides?

Slight blind spot through the A-pillar will take a little getting used to.

What does it run on?

The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer 218i, 220i and 225i run on petrol. The 218d runs on diesel.

Liked it?

Yes! The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is a smart, stylish and super practical. It’s like driving an SUV without the bulk.

If personified, who would this car be?

Angelina Jolie… with six kids in tow!

The amazing team at BMW flew our gorgeous AutoChic journalist Christine Kardashian to Launceston, Tasmania to test drive three BMW 2 Series Active Tourer models – the entry level 218i, the diesel 218d, and the range-topping 225i. Thanks BMW!


 

How AutoChic can help you buy your dream car

Icon
Choose your ride
Trying to find the right car for your needs? Call our friendly team for un-biased advice on what is out there.
Learn More
Icon
Make a Date
AutoChic will arrange for a test-drive at a time convenient to you, direct to your home or workplace.
Do It Now
Icon
Find the one
We know you love a bargain. Autochic can negotiate you a better deal which could save you thousands on the price of your car.
Yes Please
Icon
Seal the Deal!
Need finance? Our team can arrange competitive options to finance your new car - taking the lead on documentation and settlement.
Learn More