On the night before Halloween, motherly love and holiday cheer dominated the red carpet at Monday night’s world premiere of “A Bad Mom’s Christmas.”
“My mom is a mom mom,” Mila Kunis said. “What I mean is my mom was born to be a mom and she loves everything about it. She always had food on the table and she always worked full time. In my 34 years, I never saw her stress. She’s like a unicorn mother.”
The STXfilms pic is being released a mere 15 months after the original “Bad Moms,” starring Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn. Co-director Jon Lucas noted in his intro that the 34-day shoot took place in Georgia in May, then thanked the movie’s below-the-line employees: “Our crew made Atlanta in the summer look like Chicago in the winter.”
Lucas and co-director Scott Moore were giddy on the red carpet at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood, Calif., suggesting they’re hoping to make more “Bad Moms” movies — possibly tied to other holidays.
“There have been eight ‘Fast and Furious’ movies,” Lucas noted. “You can only make a movie this quickly if everyone is on the same page. The cast and crew were so good. They covered up all our defects.”
Peter Gallagher, who plays the father of Kunis’ character, said “A Bad Moms Christmas” will be a tonic for moviegoers seeking laughs — since there’s a common understanding of the pressures of the holiday season.
“I remember my son opening all the Christmas presents at 3 in the morning when he was six,” he recalled. “He just couldn’t help himself.”
Suzanne Todd, who has two dozen producing credits to her name dating back to 1993, admitted she’s undaunted by the difficulties faced by females in Hollywood.
“That’s always been how it is so maybe I work a little harder,” she noted. “I decided when I was 14. It’s what I always wanted to do.”
Her next project will be another female-centric Christmas movie: “Nicole,” starring Anna Kendrick as the daughter of Santa Claus. “Again, it’s a very inspirational female character,” she said.
The movie also marks the big-screen acting debut of Kenny G, who plays himself and has dialogue with Kunis about the music that he’s playing.
“I watched the movie two nights ago with some friends and I was nervous because I didn’t want to be that guy who plays himself and looks stiff,” he mused. “But it was cool and it looks perfect.”
“A Bad Mom’s Christmas” opens on Wednesday.