Motherhood comes in all shapes and sizes, but being a mom is a full-time job. Due to the constant exhaustion and stressful lifestyle, every mother needs a break every now and then. That’s exactly what the 2017 comedy film A Bad Moms Christmas stands for. The film, co-written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, follows the lives of three hands-on mothers and their struggles with raising children. They witness how they realize how little they are valued and eventually rebel against the celebration of Christmas. Tired of organizing everything on your own, you feel it’s time for a break.
But the situation comes to a head when the mothers of the trio surprise them with a visit. The talented actors Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn embody the three main characters and bring the story to life. So if you want to see more stories centered around the topic of motherhood and the struggles that come with it, the recommendations below are perfect. You can watch most of these movies, similar to A Bad Moms Christmas, on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
8. Serial Mom (1994)
Directed and penned by John Waters, Serial Mom follows Beverly, a perfect American mother who is accused of murder. Later, when news of more murders emerges, she is accused of being a serial killer. Everyone is amazed because Beverly is an impeccable mother and housewife who makes everyone happy. Similar to A Bad Moms Christmas, the hilarious film delves deeper into the psyche of a mother surrounded by chores and responsibilities.
7. Wandering Rose (1991)
Set in the early days of the Great Depression, Rambling Rose is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Calder Willingham. The focus is on the young and attractive Rose (Laura Dern), who works as a domestic servant. When she develops feelings for the man of the family, she begins to make sexual advances to him. The small child of the family, Buddy, also starts a relationship with Rose.
Directed by Martha Coolidge, the film chronicles the complicated relationships between Rose and the rest of the family. While not a mother like the main characters of A Bad Moms Christmas, Rose reveals the hidden wants and needs of a middle-aged woman. Rose’s confused psyche and her confused thoughts are understandable for every woman.
6. I Don’t Know How She Does It (2011)
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Based on Allison Pearson’s novel of the same name, I Don’t Know How She Does It follows Kate’s tumultuous routine of juggling her fast-paced job and family chores. She runs around non-stop to get everything done and everyone wonders how she does it every day. Kate is the only earning member of her family, so she has to manage the finances and take care of her children.
Directed by Douglas McGrath, the romantic comedy film brilliantly explores the struggles of a working mother. Like A Bad Moms Christmas, this film also features an exhausted mother who is constantly on the go to get everything done. Both films paint an accurate picture of modern motherhood.
5. Freaky Friday (2003)
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Imagine what happens when a mother-daughter duo swap bodies and see how the other side lives, especially when they don’t get along that well. That is the premise of the comedy film Freaky Friday, based on the Mary Rodgers novel of the same name. Through a strange occurrence, Tess and her daughter Anna recognize each other’s difficult lives and learn to appreciate each other better.
Actresses Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan play the mother and daughter, respectively. Like the moms in A Bad Moms Christmas, Tess feels overworked and underappreciated. Through this body swap, her daughter realizes her true worth and expresses her gratitude to her.
4. Maternity (2009)
In Motherhood, Uma Thurman connects with every woman in the world who gave up on her dreams when she became a mother. She portrays Eliza, a homemaker and mother of two, who takes care of the household, the children’s education, and the general well-being of all family members. She gave up her dream of becoming a writer when motherhood hit her. Motherhood centers on Eliza’s journey to rediscovering her passion and happiness. Written and directed by Katherine Dieckmann, like the characters in A Bad Moms Christmas, it explores the ups and downs of motherhood.
3. Because I Said So (2007)
Directed by Michael Lehmann, Because I Said So is a romantic comedy film starring Diane Keaton and Mandy Moore. Their relationship has its ups and downs but they get through it as Daphne only wants the best for Milly. In most situations, Daphne behaves like a critical mother, just like the older mothers in the film A Bad Moms Christmas.
Like every curious and bossy mother in the history of mothers, Daphne only wants what is best for her daughter Milly. She doesn’t want her precious child to make the same mistakes she made when she was young. In order to set her daughter up with the right man, Daphne does everything in her power to avoid heartbreak for Milly.
2.Georgia Rules (2007)
Directed by Garry Marshall, Georgia Rule is a comedy film about three generations of women in one family. The youngest is sent to her grandmother to stay away from problems. Matriarch Georgia (Jane Fonda) makes all the rules, and the family members must abide by them. As the film progresses, we see the three women working through each other’s problems to find each other and face their relationships. Georgia Rules and A Bad Moms Christmas intricately dissect the mother-daughter relationship, giving viewers a glimpse of the ups and downs of that relationship.
1. Fun Mom Dinner (2017)
In the comedy Fun Mom Dinner, directed by Alethea Jones, four moms come together to spend quality time away from their families. They go out to do whatever girlfriends do to have fun. From changing a diaper to shopping for groceries, the film shows all the lower aspects of motherhood. With the slogan Every mother needs a break, the film aptly focuses on the struggles of mothers with young children. As in A Bad Moms Christmas, the four mothers go haywire in order to part with their children and have a not-so-peaceful night.