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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The Dodge Journey

28-July-2015

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    $34,000 - $36,500

  •   Untested by ANCAP
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    Unleaded 

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The Dodge Journey Blacktop

The Dodge Journey Blacktop

It's all about the journey, not the destination, right? We've heard that one. But what we hadn't heard of is a car called the Dodge Journey. And that's a shame as the Journey is definitely right up there on our must-buy cars of 2015.

The Dodge is made in Mexico, is American and brought into Australia by Fiat. Adding to its confusing heritage, The Dodge Journey is a not quite a SUV and not really an MPV like the Toyota Tarago. It kinda lays somewhere in between.

There are no sliding doors or four wheel drive on the Journey. This car is down to earth. Literally. Dodge have realised you don’t need to be perched way above the waistline to deliver space, comfort and good looks which is great news of this short girl test-driver.

The Journey R/T version we tested had the Blacktop featured 19 inch alloy wheels (the base model has 17’s) black and every conceivable part was blacked out including mirrors and grill and headlight housing. This vehicle looks the business.

Drive

This is a ‘larger’ vehicle closer to the ground than your normal SUV and has lots of power from the 3.6 L Penstar V6 which is married to a 6 speed automatic, all recipes for an enjoyable drive - especially a wagon.

When it comes to stability and handling, the Journey seriously has it over the mainstream 4 x 4 SUV’s. Stability, traction control and ABS are all included in this neat package.

This is a two tonne vehicle however; the 3.6 litre V6 produces 206 kw and 342 Nm of torque which pushes the Journey along nicely. The effortless acceleration for a car of this size is impressive.

The Journey has great manners on the road and more than competent brakes. The automatic does have trouble keeping up with the power of the Journey taking its time to change up and down gears which does not make for the smoothest power delivery but most of us aren't really looking for that in a car like this.

Inside

This car is all about a sense of space, it does not boast a huge boot area but the cabin provides lots of space for the passengers. There are a number of clever storage tubs and compartments cleverly tucked away under seats which is a real added bonus for everyday people and object moving.

The front seats are large and comfortable and their positioning provides a great view of the road and surroundings. Everyone will enjoy the multimedia offerings with CD, DVD (there is a drop-down TV screen in the rear, perfect for entertaining the kids), MP3, Radio and Satellite Navigation facility on a large 8.4 inch touch screen.

The Sound System on the test vehicle was delivered through a six speaker system with amplifier and subwoofer.

The backrest of the front passenger seat folds down leaving a work area for colouring in or a iPad, again great for kids.

The interior was not to the premium finish I expected - instead it has that cheaper look with hard plastics and alloy look-a-like inserts.

The Journey Blacktop is available in six colourways including Redline Red, White, Pearl White Tri-Coat, Pitch Black, Granite Crystal and Billet Silver.

The regular Journey S/T is priced at $36,500 while the base SXT model is priced at $32,500, both before on-road costs.

Safety

Safety features included front airbags, side airbags for the rear and a reversing camera.

Economy

This car is thirsty - we were returning an average of 12.9 - 14.5 litres per 100 km in normal to light traffic 10.5 litres / 100 km on the open road.

Upsides?

Lots of room, nice handling for a large vehicle and clever storage.

Downsides?

Fuel economy - yes it's big but why not offer a diesel package?

Overall

This Dodge Journey is a good concept - there should be more of these front drive MPV / SUV crossovers. It's a well appointed, powerful people mover with sharp lines; the Dodge is comfortable but has limited offerings when it comes to ride and economy.

Competitors?

You could consider the Fiat Freemont diesel; although not the same appointments, you do get the right fuel economy.

If personified, who would this car be?

Salma Hayek


 

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