My Rating: 4 stars
This is a dumb, silly, immature movie. But, it advertises itself as a dumb, silly, immature movie, so it’d be ridiculous to penalize it for those things. You wouldn’t watch the trailer for this one and then go see it if you weren’t after some frivolous, raunchy fun. So, if you found yourself at this movie with a grumpy attitude, you only have yourself to blame. This movie is a vehicle for Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and their own, special brand of comedic chemistry. Those two have really got a unique thing going, and I’ve always enjoyed their antics.
These are two ladies who aren’t afraid to poke fun at themselves, or society’s view of what women should be. Women can be really gross sometimes (or a lot of the time). Men usually don’t want to acknowledge this. And, women usually don’t like to either for fear that the boys might catch on and won’t like them. But, part of growing up and becoming a self-actualized human being is acknowledging universal human frailties, and not letting it ruin your day. Being embarrassed about our bodies and our bad habits is for teenagers. These women are in their forties, so they’ve hade plenty of time to come to terms with themselves. And, I love it.
This movie is about two women behaving badly. I guess that’s a pretty common thing. Sometimes women in their forties have mid-life crises, and it drives them to run out, make irresponsible choices, and generally trollop around town. And, more power to those ladies. How else would awkward 20-something-year-old men get laid if not for hanging around cougar bars? Although, that’s not exactly what this movie is about. The story is about two women who are saying goodbye to their childhood home, and as a send-off they’re throwing one of the huge, raging parties that they were famous for in high school. And, it’s complete with all the same drugs, sex, alcohol, and uncoordinated dancing from their glory days. It looks like a pretty fun time…if not for all the irreparable damage they cause.
This movie is for people who want to have the fun of wallowing in irresponsibility for a couple of hours without doing any actual damage to their own property. It’s very therapeutic that way. And, I had a great time at this movie. It was a really funny crowd at the theater I went to. It was mostly buttoned-up looking couples in their 40s through 60s. And they all seemed to be loving it. But, the movie is definitely intended for a very specific audience—probably a middle-aged viewer (give or take a decade) who still has that spark of mischief in her eye. So choose wisely.