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Watched: 11 February

Not quite as funny as the first Bad Moms film, but not without merit, mostly because the excellent Kathryn Hahn reprises her role as baddest bad mom Carla. Like other low-brow American comedy sequels of recent years this simply pulls the trick of dishing up similar gags (the women get drunk and cause havoc while doing the Christmas shopping in a mall, etc) and introducing a few new characters; here we get to meet the protagonists’ parents (there are three new older moms here, played with relish by Christine Baranski, Susan Sarandon and Cheryl Hines), but it runs out of steam long before the end and there’s a nagging sense that the whole affair could be… badder. (**)