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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Ford Kuga 2016

26-June-2016

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    $39,040 - $46,420

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The new Ford Kuga is making a splash with the girls in the AutoChic office, if only thanks to the models unsurpassed focus on embracing and directly marketing itself to women. Seriously, the radio advertising is offering test-drives direct to your door, so kudos to the brand for listening to the fact women are too busy to get to the dealership nowadays - we've been saying this for years.

Yet the Kuga is so much more than any cheap marketing tricks - it's a darned great car and well worth the test-drive, particularly if you're in the market for a new family vehicle. Read on.

Overview

The Kuga is so jam-packed full of state of the art technology, it seems the only thing this car can’t do is make you a coffee or fold your washing. Shame.

Like most new cars on the market today, the Kuga boasts all the amazing whizz-bang features you can expect including keyless entry, a push-start button and rear parking sensors allowing the care to actually park itself. #spooky

Although the features are fab in the Kuga the one let down is the navigation system - it just hasn’t been executed well; the screen can be pretentious at the best of times and the process of entering in an address is in a word, painful. Exhibit A - once you enter in your location, you click ‘okay’ and just when your thinking you're home and hosed, you realise the car is in fact not navigating as you haven’t confirmed the destination a second time. In the week we had the car, we made this mistake a few times - it just didn't make sense and became a tad annoying. Who has time or wants to double-check everything you do? Luckily the car has a bunch of other great features allowing us to overlook this blip on the radar.

Safety

The rear camera ensures not only faster and safer parking but beware - once you get used to having rear vision, is pretty hard to live without. And just when we thought the parking camera was pretty fabulous, we discovered the auto-park. Both scary and wonderful, it’s super easy to use and - as someone who is used to driving a much smaller car - makes the world of difference. To function, you simply press the button, align with a car parked on the side of the road, take your hands off the steering wheel, slowly reverse and unbelievably the car does the rest. It's amazing and disconcerting all at once.

The car comes standard with rear sensors, but as an add-on you can also get the front sensors. For those of you (like me) not used to driving a bigger car, these can be a huge save.

The Kuga is a safe bet with a five star ANCAP safety rating; along with the reverse camera you get airbags, ABS, emergency break assist and rear sensors. Safe to say it's, well, safe.

Additional add-ons include heated seats (great in this chilly weather and the only time I'm gonna have a 'hot' butt) and a sunroof, which all felt a little bit snazzy and luxurious.

Interior

The boot space in this car is as large as a Kardashian's wardrobe with plenty of room for everything you need to keep in your car - think groceries, gym bags, soccer boots and balls and even the family pet to boot.

For tech junkies, you can align your phone with the ‘Sync’ system and listen to your music or make calls, which is a cool feature but again, the touch screen is painfully annoying letting the whole system down. If you like your music loud, you're in luck, as the Kuga has a Sony 8 speaker stereo system allowing you belt out all of your favourite tunes at the traffic lights.

Fuel Economy and price

As far as fuel efficiency goes the Kuga delivers, yet is not as great in comparison to other SUV's you may like to consider such as the Honda CR-V or the Kia Sportage.

If long distance driving is your thing, no sweat - this car will go the distance but as for the stopping and starting nature of city driving, the Kuga will chew the petrol up fast with the fuel economy drinking 8.8 litres of premium unleaded per 100km.

Surprisingly the Kuga won’t break the bank price wise, starting at $39,040 - $46,420 it slots in comparatively well with others in its class.

Round Up

You don’t realise how far safety has come in the past couple of years until you jump into a modern car like this one. Whether you’re a mum looking for a bigger car for the kids or you just want to upgrade, this car ticks all the boxes; it’s safe, has loads of space, is full of amazing technology and is pretty comfortable. BOOM.

Likes

The space and luxury combined with down to earth practicality

Dislikes

The navigation system needs a reminder and it's annoying to have to re-enter instructions

Describe this car in 3 words

Spacious, luxurious, practical

If this car was personified, who would it be?

J-Lo but circa Jenny from the Block (no matter how many rocks she's got, she'll always be Jenny from the block)

Soundtrack

I'm still, I'm still Jenny from the Block



 

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