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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Land Rover 14MY Discovery 4 TDV6

05-February-2015

  • Vital Stats
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    $69,200 - $82,570

  •   Untested by ANCAP
  •   ***
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    Diesel 

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The Landrover Discovery 14MY

The Landrover Discovery 14MY

Mummy-mobiles can be so dowdy nowadays. What with all those kids and doors to weigh your image down, it’s enough work to keep your mojo intact, let alone your car getting in on the act.

So if you are in the market for a seven seater (read family car) but want to maintain your pre-children signature style and still demand comfort, quality and class (along with lots of wiggle room front and back for your brood) then the Discovery 4.0 is definitely a contender we’d more than recommend.

Style and drive –

I haven’t had much to do with the Land Rover brand (other than knowing Bear Gryll's is an ambassador) but after this test-drive, I’ve been left wanting more. Much more. (The car, not Gryll's).

To start, the Land Rover is a surprisingly good-looking vehicle. For a model I’ve always thought looked a bit dated, dowdy and boxy, I was initially impressed with the cars demeanor when picked it up. To me, Land Rovers have always screamed city accountant during the week, amateur botanist on the weekend. But this one is more streamlined, sleeker and, well… cooler.

Speaking of accountants, you’d better go see one and get your finances in serious order if this baby is the car for you. The Land Rover Discovery 4 does not come cheap starting at $68,000 for the base model and reaching upwards of $82,570 if you want fries with that, but in our opinion, it’s worth every penny.

The Discovery 4 comes with dual zone climate control, 19-inch alloys, cruise control, Bluetooth phone connectivity, steering wheel mounted paddles for manual-style shifting, full-size spare, rear parking sensors, eight-speaker CD stereo and automatic lights and wipers.

The extra fries on offer include a Technology Pack (think Premium Navigation, Rear View Camera, Front Parking Aid) - $4390, 7 seats (includes Third row accessory socket, head curtain airbags and map lamps) - $2500 Metallic Paint - $1800 Meridian Audio System (380 watt 11 speaker Audio System) -
$1750 Active Rear E-differential - $1060 Xenon Headlights with Signature DRLs - $750 Leather seat pack (Manual) - $700 Cosmic Grey Painted Trim Finisher (door inserts and facia upper trim) - $42.

It’s luxury all the way in the Discover 4 with an interior so comfortable you’ll feel like you don’t even need to pitch a tent when you arrive at your weekend camping destination. In fact, you may want to move right in permanently. A high roof gives you the impression of spaciousness and the leather seats are deliciously decadent and inviting. The dash and centre console are functional and well thought out with more left over room than Giuliana Rancic in a size 6 romper. Ditto the boot and legroom.

For a big car, the drive is smooth, yet powerful with the height of the Discovery ensuring you can see well above the traffic in preparation to any potential traffic problems ahead. If feeling in control is your thing, the Discovery delivers. A reverse camera situated in the middle of the dash alleviates any fears about parking such a large car.

Safety –

Not yet tested in Australia by ANCAP, the Discovery does come with all the safety equipment you would expect. There are eight airbags, anti-lock brakes, trailer sway control, roll mitigation and stability control.

Eco – 

Fuel consumption is 8.8 litres/100km.

Pricing –

Entry level $68,490 (plus on-road costs).

Describe the car in three words –

Classy, spacious, prestigious.

What are the best things about the car –

The quality and height of the vehicle makes you feel like you’re King (or Queen) of the road.

The downsides –

It’s pricey.

What does it run on? –

Diesel.

Liked it? – Really. Liked. It.

If personified, who would this car be? -

Heidi Klum, a classy super model who is refreshingly down to earth yet doesn't mind getting her hands dirty.


 

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