Soundtrack
 

A Bad Moms Christmas

Songs By: Various Artists

Musical Score By: Christopher Lennertz

Distributed by: Sony Classical

Reviewed by Melissa Minners

 

                In this sequel to Bad Moms, Amy (Mila Kunis), Kiki (Kristen Bell) and Carla (Kathryn Hahn) find themselves dealing with their own moms as they visit for the Christmas holiday.  Amy is trying to make her first Christmas with Jessie (Jay Hernandez) and his daughter (Ariana Greenblatt) together with her kids (Oona Laurence and Emjay Anthony) perfect, but learns her overbearing mother Ruth (Christine Baranski) is coming for Christmas.  Kiki is swamped as usual, but this time her husband (Lyle Brocato) is lending a hand.  Unfortunately, her mother, Sandy (Cheryl Hines) shows up three days early with plans to spend the next three weeks with Kiki.  Though her friends are none too happy with their mom’s unexpected visits, Carla is thrilled when her wild mom (Susan Sarandon) shows up unexpectedly at her front door.  A Bad Moms Christmas just wouldn’t be complete without a little madness, mayhem and hilarious partying

                A Bad Moms Christmas Soundtrack features songs from various artists like The Lumineers, Little Mix, Kelly Clarkson, Colbie Caillat, Pitbull, Gwen Stefani, DNCE and more, and a musical score by Christopher Lennertz.  Best known for his score for Alvin and the Chipmunks, Hop and Think Like a Man, Lennertz has created music for a number of movies, television series and video games, including Horrible Bosses, Identity Thief, Medal of Honor, Supernatural, Galavant, Agent Carter and more.  The score created for A Bad Moms Christmas Soundtrack is a mix of quirky jazz moments in Oh My F'ing God and acoustic pop moments as in Let's Go Smack Some Wieners and Your Mom Saw My Boner (Yeah, the titles are just as inappropriate as they want to be, but remember, the comedy in the original Bad Moms film was rather crude…and downright hilarious!).

                The songs on the album are a mix of Christmas fare and R&B, pop and dance tracks.  The Christmas songs are newer versions of old favorites like 12 Days of Christmas by Colby Caillate, featuring Aloe Blacc; Jingle Bells by Gwen Stefani; What Christmas Means to Me by Jacob Luttrell; Merry Christmas Baby by Jason Eskridge and Run Run Rudolph by Kelly Clarkson.  The rest of the songs on the album are the real steal with great tracks like Like That by Fluer East, Love Me Like You by Little Mix, Be Mean by DNCE, Greenlight by Pitbull featuring Flo Rida and LunchMoney Lewis, Appetite by Leo Soul and Be Your Santa Claus by Charles Jones.  Some of these songs are fun, but the majority are a mix of fun and sexy.

                I had a lot of fun listening to A Bad Moms Christmas Soundtrack.  I loved the fact that they saved the musical score for the last three tracks, allowing for the songs to flow uninterrupted.  I also liked that the powers that be mixed Christmas tracks with regular songs.  Each and every song on this album is awesome, with the exception of the Lumineers’ version of Blue Christmas.  Now, I’ve heard many versions of Blue Christmas, but this is the first one that totally blows.  I mean, they changed the words around and just ruined the entire song, not to mention the off-key singing.  Yikes!  This was the first track, making me wonder what I was getting into.  Thankfully, I am someone who sticks with the album and wanted to see what the rest was like.  Happily, I can say that A Bad Moms Christmas Soundtrack is well worth the listen…and it may actually gross more money than the movie’s box office receipts, which definitely says something!

 

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