The team of Jon Lucas and Scott Moore started their careers by contributing uncredited rewrites to movies like Wedding Crashers, 27 Dresses and Monster-in-Law. Their breakthrough was The Hangover, which gave them the juice they needed to start co-directing movies of their own. This film was a surprise success for them, grossing around $183 million worldwide.
Amy Mitchell (Mila Kunis) is married with two kids, living in the Chicago suburbs and working for a cool coffee company. Even though she does everything right, she feels like she’s constantly losing, which is exacerbated when catches her husband having cam sex with his mistress.
Now, she must learn to deal with being a single mom and battling the moms who do everything right, like Gwendolyn (Christina Applegate), Stacy (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Vicky (Annie Mumolo).
Joining up with Carla (Kathryn Hahn, who voiced the new Dr. Octopus in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) and Kiki (Kristen Bell, who is great in this), they decide to quit the PTA. However, Gwendolyn gets to our heroine and she decides to challenge her presidency.
My favorite part of this film was the credits. No, I’m not being mean. It’s a cute little comedy. But the best part is that at the end, the stars answer questions with their real-life mothers. Christina Applegate mentions that her mom (they appeared together in Jaws of Satan) took her to see Al Pacino in Cruising when she was 9 years old. This is even funnier because her TV dad, Ed O’Neill, is also in that film.