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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Citroen C4 Picasso 2015 Review

18-January-2016

  • Vital Stats
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    $40,990 - $40,990

  •   Untested by ANCAP
  •   ****
  •   ****
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    Petrol 

  •   ****
  •   ****
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    Big enough but not huge 

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    4

  •   ****

Glass, glass and more glass is the first impression of Citroën’s C4 Picasso people mover. This baby is just not your typical people mover, built for five rather than seven and providing a new motoring environment where the passenger’s view is no longer obscured by sturdy pillars and pressed metal bonnets. Needless to say we can finally conduct a review where the focus is on the inside of a car. Cue some serious cabin fever.

The Interior

If you haven’t yet picked up on the fact this review is all about the cabin, here's the heads up - it's all about the cabin. The C4 Picasso offers broad window spaces and an un-obtrusive but quality trim to blend the inside with the outside.

The seating arrangement and style is top-notch - the front seats are a hybrid of Euro leather clad luxury with firm ergonomically sensible designer furniture. The seats are positioned upright with chair armrests at the rear of the front seats, and there are fold down tables for the rear passengers (sorry to break it to you kids but homework can now be done between home and drop off).

The front passenger seat electronically reclines with a foot rest coming from under the seat ‘Jason Recliner’ style - superb for long trips when the passenger needs to zone out or a driver swap is executed. The test car had the full leather pack which was beautiful but adds an extra $5000 to the bottom line—ouch.

From the top of the dash, to the middle console extending to the door, the lining material used is three shades of a neutral beige. Sounds boring yet it blends so well we liked it with the textures providing an interesting and refreshing surface.

The instrument layout was altogether different - confusing at first but within ten minutes being behind the wheel, I came to grips with the concept of the centre placed Speedo/Tachometer above the central screen display and nowhere near the steering wheel. The space in front of the steering wheel is bare and the transmission shift is located on the right of the steering wheel. The storage space was uncluttered and accessible however the power and USB outlets are hidden in the front storage space, making the power process longer than it should be.

The interior space feels generous including the boot. All three of the back seats fold individually giving loading flexibility. I really liked the two rear vision mirrors stacked – the large for rear view out of the car and the smaller mirror to check the goings on in the rear of the vehicle, clever and considerate.

The Drive

Firstly the gear lever (more like a delicate twig) is positioned to the right of the steering wheel and was so fragile looking I was afraid it would somehow snap off, resembling the tender arm of your reading glasses. The ‘twig’ felt strange to move at first but after a few drives I got my head around the concept and became quite used to the system but not without a few errors such as leaving the vehicle in reverse when thinking it was in park simply because the gear indicator is located in the middle consul half a meter from the lever. Oops. My bad.

The Picasso is powered by a 121kw turbo petrol returning a 5.6L/100km consumption which is good news. The Picasso is no street racer being a little slow off the mark however, once punching along at mid-range power, the engine was more responsive and the vehicle pulled better making the Picasso feel much more agile. In fact the vehicle handles particularly well considering its shape, height and weight, it takes corners with surprisingly low body roll. The brakes performed well, keeping the Picasso’s frame in line when entering corners at speed.In the tight urban areas the Picasso comes to the fore with a great turning circle, parking is a breeze due to the car’s dimensions and the multitude of glass windows and mirrors makes vision uber easy.

Style

I’m a fan of the C4 Picassos style cues, inside and out. It is a refreshing to review a car that looks best when your sitting in it because essentially that is where you spend most of your time with the car, no?

The dual pillars on the windscreen sets the car apart and the windscreen just goes on forever, joining the panoramic glass roof for great effect. The sun visors for the driver and front passenger slide back towards and past the top end of the windscreen - it feels at times like the front seat of a helicopter. The receding hairline windscreen is enjoyable but as soon as that hot Aussie sun hits you full-force at midday, you’ll be sure to be sliding those babies back into place, quick smart.

The overall look from the outside is modern, the light and grille arrangements with the blend of LEDs and chrome help set the French beauty aside.

The C4 Picasso is a refreshing motor vehicle for so many reasons. Citroen have cleverly shifted their zeal for quirkiness from the outside to the inside with an unconventional approach to glass and interior concepts. At $40,990 it’s a concept to consider for anyone who simply moves people in an urban environment. It is comfortable, stylish and contemporary. We suggest you definately compare the idea with some of the overpriced and overweight SUVs currently on the market, it’s worth a geezer.


 

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