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Every so often, I visit my best friend and bring over a few DVDs to watch between laughter-filled girl talk. Some of our favorite picks in past movie nights have included a mix of ‘80s / ‘90s flicks (“Cry-Baby,” “Sixteen Candles,” “The Breakfast Club”) and new ones, such as “Bad Moms.” This past weekend I brought over “Why Him,” which we missed during its recent run in theaters. We could relate to the comedy’s dad character, Ned Fleming (Bryan Cranston), disapproving of his daughter Stephanie’s (Zoey Deutch) love interest. Both of us have either had crushes on or dated someone our dads absolutely did not like one bit.

Right away, Laird Mayhew (James Franco) had us in hysterics over his wild and free-spirited personality. How would this clash between two opposites play out and what would happen along the way? Ned is the odd man out as the mom, Barb (Megan Mullaly) and brother, Scotty (Griffin Gluck) seeing more of Laird’s cool side. The party scene hinted at the dad having a not-so-rigid past in his own younger days. Unfortunately, we didn’t get too far into the movie before skip…skip…skip went the disc in my best friend’s portable DVD player. Stopping the movie and ejecting it, I noticed a two-inch scratch on the disc. Having never played this particular DVD before, as well as handling it properly, we were disappointed to miss the rest of the comedy for the time being. Cedric the Entertainer, Keegan-Michael Key and the voice of Kaley Cuoco add more laughs to this father-vs-boyfriend tale. By the next time I’m visiting my best friend, I’ll have a new DVD of “Why Him” for us to watch.

I had a few of our favorites to choose from in continuing our movie night and it came down to “Cry-Baby” or “The Breakfast Club.” We can’t resist the bad-boy characters to swoon over in either one. John Hughes’ detention-bound teens from drastically different backgrounds won out in the end. Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Emilio Estevez and Anthony Michael Hall made for the most memorable teen characters who clashed yet found common ground.

Watching Bender and his antics, it’s like being back in high school and trying to hide my good-girl giggling at my bad-boy crush. The guy who I couldn’t keep my eyes off of didn’t have that “criminal” label and he wasn’t known for having any illegal items on hand. He simply got on the nerves of several teachers, doing things that I couldn’t refrain from laughing at in class. To top it off, he was so gorgeous and had such a devilish expression playing on his face. Hey, didn’t many girls see that in Bender? Just as in the movie, when mean Principal Vernon (Paul Gleason) lectures the other four students about thinking the “criminal” is humorous, I had a similar experience. After laughing at my crush and his antics, one teacher called me out on how it was obvious that I had a huge crush and warned me that I’d get hurt. This happened right in front of him! Another teacher had me move to another seat, away from where I sat next to my crush as something else he did set off more lovestruck-induced giggles. In a new seat, he wasn’t even in my line of vision to further distract me. I didn’t have a Bender-and-Claire ending with my bad-boy crush, being too shy to get that close. Yet his wild demeanor and intense good looks drew me in and set my heart racing. That’s what I saw in Claire when it came to Bender in certain scenes.

“The Breakfast Club” came along before my time in high school. It doesn’t matter, though, what generation a viewer of this classic belongs to in life. Of course, that’s due to the overall struggles and drama of teen years. The ideas of acceptance, acting the way your friends act, family-initiated pressure and much more keep Hughes’ work relevant. For my best friend and I, we definitely love the bad-boy element and a totally opposite type of girl falling for him. We both also love Hughes’ “Sixteen Candles,” especially in the way that Samantha (Ringwald) can’t bring herself to talk to her heartthrob, Jake Ryan (Michael Schoeffling). If only we could all have the ending which those two shared. Another relatable element in that teen flick was how the geeky kid, known as Farmer Ted (Hall) would pester Samantha, while her heart was set on someone else. There were one or two guys at my high school who just didn’t seem able to take a girl’s hint of not being interested.

Even though we didn’t get around to watching “Cry-Baby” this time, my best friend and I relate to it with our crushes and how we felt. This is especially in the way that good-girl Allison gazes dreamily over at rebellious Cry-Baby. She longs to be closer to him and to rid herself of the contrasting square image in which she was raised.

All of these movies, at one point or another, bring about more girl talk of memorable high school days. We loved those times, even though neither of us dated our crushes. Of course, it’s just as Samantha’s dad in “Sixteen Candles” says to her about those feelings.

My best friend and I watched “Bad Moms” together and loved it as a great laugh-out-loud time with the gals type of movie. Neither of us is a parent, however we related to the overall theme of rebelling against an overbearing system. For example, acting up in a strict high school teacher’s class. In the movie’s case, it’s Amy (Mila Kunis) against the PTA where her kids go to school. But it’s not just the PTA as one entity; its leader, Gwendolyn (Christina Applegate) is a real stickler for the rules. She is the queen bee among her two sidekick mom friends, Stacy (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Vicky (Annie Mumolo).

What with all the running around Amy does and never catching up, then an added problem from her husband, it’s no wonder she hits a breaking point. This one particular bad day she’s having
just seems as though it can’t possibly get any worse for her. Luckily, she finds support in two
other moms who’ve had it up to here, Carla (Kathryn Hahn) and Kiki (Kristen Bell). Together,
they let loose, leaving their mom troubles in the dust.

One of my favorite moments in newly bad mom Amy is when she uncovers the red hot rod in the driveway. Charging through town, she digs her cool wheels. With my red Camaro, hands-down my favorite sporty car no matter what year, I felt like the onscreen bad mom. I also love the latest Dodge Challenger and I think what Amy drives is an older model. Either way, it’s an awesome car and is perfect for her good-to-bad mom transformation.

Carla is also great as bad-mom inspiration for Amy’s new image. She’s already on the wild side and the more straight-laced moms despise her. No doubt, the most comical of the anti-PTA trio. The timid Kiki sees a new light as she hangs out with her rebellious friends. The three of them, all having it up to here with parenting rules, make an awesome team. Not only for their support system, but for the laughs and fun times as they let go of stress.

Then there is love interest, Jessie (Jay Hernandez) and…Wow! He sure looked a lot like a guy I once had a crush on; my jaw dropped! As Amy and her friends act wild, go out on the town, party, etc., I felt as though I was rooting for her and Jessie. She tries to meet other guys, yet
things don’t quite click. It’s hilarious, how various attempts falter for her in a scene in which someone is out of practice with the dating world. I could relate in the sense that I wasn’t able
to really talk to my crush at the time. Amy even had an awkward moment with the gorgeous Jessie.

Rivalry between Amy and Gwendolyn add to the humor, heating up as the snobby PTA mom goes low to hold onto her rank. The only way to stop her is to go against her in a more official
way, with the help of Carla and Kiki. Their antics draw in other moms who want to escape from
parenting and party hard.

Whether at a grocery store, in a bar or at Amy’s house, the gals’ wild ways kept my best friend and I laughing to the end. The unexpected twist involving Gwendolyn was a nice touch that made us wonder where everyone’s story would go next. I also wanted to know what becomes
of Amy and Jessie’s relationship, should a sequel come along.

One more enjoyable element throughout this comedic movie was its soundtrack of jumping party songs. They were must-haves to buy on iTunes.

If you saw “Bad Moms,” what were some of your favorite or most relatable moments from the movie? Who was your favorite character?