Tina Kakadelis
YA Author


Burn Before Reading: A Carly Allen Story

The Baddest Moms

This is from one of my favorite movies, 20th Century Women, which stars one of my faves, Greta Gerwig. Who, by the way, is releasing her directorial debut in New York and Los Angeles this weekend. If y'all are in the area, GO SEE LADY BIRD. Will I be seeing Lady Bird this weekend??


I get that LA is an expensive city. I understand that a lot of people who live here are also a part of the industry. I understand. What I DON'T understand is why the fork a ticket for a 10:30 a.m. movie costs $17.75?!

"But wait, Tina! You have MoviePass!"

You're right, I do, but apparently Lady Bird isn't playing at a theatre that takes MoviePass, so I sadly will not be seeing it this weekend. Is there anything left to live for???

Now that my weepy dramatics about first-world problems are out of the way, let's move on.

I saw A Bad Moms Christmas yesterday and I was  pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. (Also, Mom, I'm pretty sure there's supposed to be an apostrophe there, but I checked the official movie title and it's apostrophe-less.) I only saw Bad Moms a few months ago because it kind of sounded like my nightmare. I'm pretty sure it was written by the dudes who did The Hangover, and the thought of a comedy about women written by those dudes sounded like a MISTAKE.

However, Bad Moms is a smart movie about society's expectations for women and the role of the mother. I was just now casually reading the Wikipedia page for the movie and apparently there's a Bad Dads movie in the works. That makes zero sense. Lemme tell ya why:  the standards for dads are insanely low. If a dad does something so little as wash the dishes without being asked, he's celebrated. Face it, the pressure society puts on dads is significantly less than the pressure put on moms.

That's why Bad Moms works. Because it lets the three main women have a rebellion against the societal norms that regulate their lives as mothers. Obviously, no one is forcing women to "have it all," as it were, but we as a people are trained to look down on any woman who doesn't meet the impossible, unreachable standards that are entrenched in our society.

Dads are already allowed to be bad, so lord knows we don't need a whole movie about it. Moms, on the other hand, let 'em be bad. Kristen Bell especially.