You all know the scenario: you're home for the holidays, visiting your parents and siblings and relatives you haven't seen all year long, and you're all just trying to have a nice time — no fighting, no issues, just nice, holiday-set family fun. But soon enough, the questions from mom or dad inevitably start: why haven't you brought a boyfriend home? Are you ever going to get a real job? And honey, do you really need that second glass of wine? If gearing up for the annual inquiry has you bummed out, don't be — the Bad Moms Christmas cast is here to teach you exactly how to respond to all those exhausting holiday questions.
After all, the ladies are pretty much experts on the subject. In both the hit 2016 comedy Bad Moms and its new sequel, out Nov. 3, Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn play beleaguered but loving parents struggling with the society's increasingly high expectations of what "perfect" mothers look like. Bad Moms Christmas, however, ups the ante from the first film by adding in even more stress in the lives of these women, in the form of their well-meaning but seriously frustrating mothers (played by Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines, and Susan Sarandon). As the younger moms attempt to plan a nice holiday for their kids, their parents can't help but meddle, oftentimes making the situation way more stressful than it needs to be.
And we're not just talking about some ordinary parental nagging. These moms go all out during their visits, doing everything from matching their haircut to their daughter's to planning a 500+ person Christmas party in their child's home — without getting permission. The women might mean well, but their antics during the holiday season are typically way over the top and out of line, to say the least.
So you can safely say that when it comes to handling awkward family functions during December, the stars of the Bad Moms franchise certainly know what they're talking about, as they proved when they sat down with Bustle during the movie's recent press day. Just take Bell's advice for how to answer your parent's questioning of your career choice: "when you say that, it makes me feel like a disappointment to you. It may not be the path that you want me taking, but it is my path, and you and I are different." Or use Sarandon's key to responding to that frustrating "when are you going to give me grandkids?" question: "I have three, and I gave them away." Boom.
Whether you choose to answer your parents' bothersome questions with hilarious sarcasm, like Sarandon does, or painful honesty, like Bell practices, you now can have a much better idea of how to deal with the badgering we all experience when surrounded by our loving family members. There's not a person amongst us who hasn't had to awkwardly explain to mom or dad why they didn't bring home a significant other, or defend their choice in career to a skeptical relative who just doesn't get that writing/art/music/etc is a real job, OK? Next time you want to snap at a loved one for their latest frustrating question during the holidays, remember the advice of the Bad Moms Christmas cast and take a note from their answers, instead.
The holidays are coming up fast, so make sure you're totally prepared for what to expect before going home to visit your family or having them come to you. And even if your plans for those December days don't involve any family members inquiring into your relationship status or latest career move, enjoy watching these Bad Moms shell out some solid advice and take note of their co-stars' tools for navigating that tricky holiday time.