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Illustration for article titled iBad Moms/i is getting a third installment, because bad momming never ends
Photo: A Bad Moms Christmas (STX Films)

You say, “Hey entertainment industry, give us some damn original material and less reboots and remakes.” Hollywood responds with, “OK fine. Here’s a franchise about moms getting drunk and doing inappropriate shit.” And honestly, who could be mad about it?

Sure, the first Bad Moms may not have been great, and the inevitable holiday sequel, A Bad Mom’s Christmas, may have been worse to endure. But now the bad grandmoms are getting their moment in a spinoff sequel, which means we’re getting a comedy starring Christine Baranski, Susan Sarandon, and Cheryl Hines, and that can only be a good thing.


On Tuesday, STX announced a third installment in the Bad Moms franchise at CinemaCon, according to The Wrap. The follow-up, aptly titled Bad Moms’ Moms, will focus on Baranski, Hines, and Sarandon’s mothers to Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn’s original bad moms, respectively. At the end of the Christmas sequel, the trio of grandmothers ditched their families for a last-minute trip to Vegas.

So will Bad Moms’ Moms be The Hangover with women over 50? (If so, not mad about it.) Will it be a rehash of the first Bad Moms? Could it lead to an extended Bad Moms cinematic universe where we meet the bad moms’ moms’ moms? Is STX secretly plotting a franchise about the generationally-inherited badness of motherhood? As my therapist says, it always goes back to the mother.

Oliver Whitney is a film critic and culture writer living in Brooklyn.

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