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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The 2014 BMW 520d Touring

15-April-2014

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    $90,900 - $122,900

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    Diesel 

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The 2014 BMW 520d Touring wagon is a thing of beauty. A facelift both inside and out has only refined an already covetable vehicle. Sleek sexy lines, a luxurious interior and an amazing array of standard features set the 520d solidly on our luxury car wish list.

Style & Drive


The five-seater BMW 5 Series Tourer comes in two different variants – the six-cylinder 535i petrol wagon, and the four-cylinder 520d diesel wagon. We were lucky enough to slide behind the sport leather steering wheel of the luxurious 520d and promptly fell in love. It’s amazing how your dream car transforms from a convertible to a luxury wagon when you have two little ones to strap in the back!

The 520d Touring wagon has been designed with family in mind. As well as the usual features found in your average luxury automobile – leather electric front seats, reverse parking camera, front and rear parking sensors, automatic two-zone air conditioning, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights – it also has an amazing array of thoughtful extras that constantly remind you that you are driving a wonderful, beautiful vehicle.

BMW has installed luxuries that you never knew you wanted in a car, but will now always crave. There’s a panoramic roof that the kids will love, built-in manual sun shades for both the main and side windows for both rear seats, an automatic split tailgate, and a luggage compartment package that includes an electronic cargo cover, two lashings rails, and a multi-function hook and luggage net that you can rig to stop the dog from jumping out of the boot and on to the kids in the back seats. There’s also an electric adjustable steering wheel that zooms in and out, and up and down at the push of a button. We felt like we were strapped in at mission control!

The interior design is all class with leather accents, clean lines and a BMW Navigation System Professional with a huge 10.2 inch display. The 520d has 12-speaker Hi-Fi audio system with convenience telephony, USB/iPod/AUX connectivity and Bluetooth that at any given time can be paired with two mobile phones and an audio player. The 520d also has internet functionality while stationary through your mobile phone connection.

As with any BMW, there is also a ridiculously long list of optional extras to choose from. The 520d Touring may look like a (very sleek) family wagon but it drives like a precision sports car. The four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine is smooth and powerful. Gear changes are practically seamless, and the steering is tight and responsive. The start-stop engine takes a little while to get used to, but once you’re accustomed to it you can appreciate its excellent fuel-efficiency and it doesn’t distract from the driving experience.

Safety

The BMW 5 Series has a five-star ANCAP rating. It features driver and front passenger airbags, head airbags in the front and rear, side airbags for driver and front passenger, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with Anti-lock braking System (ABS), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Brake Assist and Dynamic Traction Control (DTC). The 520d also features an active protection system and active headrests that are triggered in the event of a crash to reduce whiplash. Both rear outboard seats come with easily accessible ISOFIX hooks and there are three child-safety anchor points.

Eco

The 520d automatic eight-speed diesel wagon has a fuel consumption of 5.3L/100km and CO2 emission: 139g/km.

Pricing

535i eight-speed sport automatic six-cylinder petrol wagon: $122,900

520d eight-speed automatic four-cylinder diesel wagon: $90,900

Describe the car in 3 words

Chic, Spacious, Luxe.

What are the best things about this car?

Where do we start? The split tailgate, the electronic adjustable steering wheel, the rear seat sun shades, and the panoramic sunroof are just a few of our favourite features.

And the downsides?

The 520d has almost every feature you could wish for in a luxury wagon, however it is missing one that we love – key-free entry.

What does it run on?

The 5 Series Touring wagon is available in both petrol and diesel models.

Liked it?

Loved it. The 520d is an awesome family car. It’s got a huge boot, and loads of leg room. The seats are ridiculously comfortable, and there are lots of lovely little luxuries for you to enjoy as you drive.

If personified, who would this car be?

Charlize Theron.


 

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