"Bad Mommies" are out for rent - a comedy by the writers and producers of The Hangover in Vegas trilogy about the challenges of motherhood, starring Mila Kunis. The daughter of immigrants from the Ukrainian city of Chernivtsi, Mila is a mother herself and is expecting a second child, so for her the role in Bad Moms became an opportunity to talk about female perfectionism and hyperresponsibility - as always, not quite seriously. We figure out how a girl with Bambi eyes and from a working-class family makes us laugh, speaking on important topics, and we choose 5 films with her participation, after which Mila cannot but fall in love.
“I am married to my best friend: it’s gone, it’s a cliché, but it’s true,” Mila confidently and in a laughing voice says simple truths about the main joys of her life in an interview. About the comedy genre that she adores, about close friends, about childhood in California and Ukrainian descent, about how sex without obligation with a close friend turned into a family for her. She swears and talks about her motherhood and second child, how she learned to fight back those who saw her as just a doll's face, and how she promised to marry Ashton Kutcher as soon as America allows same-sex marriage. … On evening TV shows, she laughs every half a minute - and it's hard to imagine anything more infectious.
America has been living with Mila for almost 20 years - since the 14-year-old brunette lied at the casting of the TV show "These 70s" that she would soon be 18, and got into the pilot of a kind series about growing up of several teenagers. A little bit "High and confused", a little bit "Friends" - "These 70s" glorified Mila as a narcissistic, active and curious heroine Jakey, with whom the actress has almost nothing in common. Jakey is from a privileged family and is used to the fact that she gets everything just like that.
Mila came from Ukraine to the States at the age of seven and, using the example of her parents, saw how patience and work would grind everything - they had 250 dollars to start a new life in every way. Her upbringing is the penultimate breath of the American dream and a fat fact in the face of Donald Trump with his idea of a wall from immigrants: if you work tirelessly since the age of 14, ambition somehow becomes a reality. After the Milla Jovovich phenomenon, Milena Kunis from Kiev is the second example of a Russian-speaking girl in Hollywood who gets the lead roles, rather than rubbing against the backdrop in an episode, playing a nurse or a dry cleaner.
It is difficult to be funny, to be very beautiful and funny is almost impossible
In an interview, she talks about the phenomenon of Soviet swaddling clothes and explains the recipes for herring under a fur coat, and also says “yes” and “thank you” with a southern dialect: an American accent was imposed on Ukrainian Russian and for many years of acting almost without interruption and almost always in comedic roles. It is difficult to be funny, to be very beautiful and funny is almost impossible. "These 70s" and "Family Guy", where Mila voiced the role of Mag Griffin's daughter for almost ten years, gave her voice a dozen hilarious intonations and trained her muscles in routine and constant work, which constantly feeds and also constantly requires a little new feed to don't play characters.
It's hard to imagine, but Mila Kunis was also the female voices from the absurd, sarcastic and canon-breaking TV animated series "Robot Chicken" - another argument for watching the TV show in the original voice acting. Her successes in the drama, not counting "Black Swan" (where, by the way, she played a caustic and mocking heroine), is much more modest - whether she performed in the spirit of Terrence Malick's muses in "The Color of Time" or played the role of the second love of a criminal from the 70s ("Blood Ties" by Guillaume Canet), in her place you can imagine another actress. But when she starts laughing, you only see her.
5 more films
Family Guy's author Seth MacFarlane worked with Mila for many years and it was she who was invited to play the lead role in The Odd Man, a comedy about a kiddying guy (Mark Wahlberg) and his bear cub Ted, abusing and swearing. Mila plays the girl of the main character, who is uncomfortable because the boyfriend and the bear spend too much time together, and the third one does not even think about moving out. Ted is not a younger brother or a dog (if only!): He takes girls home, constantly reminds of himself and is not ready to surrender an inch of his territory. Mila, meanwhile, is a typical girl who has matured earlier than her young man: ironic, cheerful, confident, but tired of making decisions for two. "The third extra" is not only funny, but also a sad film about how difficult it is to grow up, even if a dearly beloved beauty with a kind heart asks for it.
A comedy with Judd Apatow's chicks about a journey from nightmares: the main character goes to a retreat in Hawaii to survive a difficult breakup with a girl - Sarah Marshall, a famous actress of television series. In a hotel on the paradise coast from a Bounty ad, he meets Sarah herself, her new boyfriend, a rock star, and a pretty hotel girl, whom he cannot see point-blank, obsessed with jealousy and the desire to win the breakup. Mila Kunis in a necklace of flowers plays a hotel manager, with whom the protagonist decides to start a relationship in order to arouse the envy of his ex. At the same time, she is relaxed, does not take him for granted, laughs charmingly and supports him in everything - and so imperceptibly Sarah Marshall fades into the background. Mila Kunis's breakout film as the perfect girl friend that guys often ignore until it's almost too late.
One dramatic career often follows several comedic ones: Aronofsky's Black Swan is a good example. Kunis, who has been playing "funny girls" for more than ten years, became an actress of the first magnitude precisely thanks to the role of Lily - the rival and alter ego of the main character Natalie Portman. Lily is the embodiment of the dream of how to achieve results playfully: she is irresistible, natural, impenetrably confident in herself and reacts very flexibly to others. Nina lacks her integrity and lightness: ballet drill and dependence on the opinions of others make her vulnerable to criticism from the outside and her own nervous breakdown. Thus, the party at Swan Lake turns into a test for the soul more than for the body. Mila Kunis ideally embodies a successful competitor, onto whose image the fears of a vulnerable heroine are easily projected: we saw such things in Persona and Mulholland Drive, the list of similar stories goes on.
Friends with Benefits
An underrated adorable rom-com with unexpectedly fresh characters - played by Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake - about acquaintances who decide to date for sex and not burden each other with obligations. He is sad in the new city, she is tired of an indistinct relationship, both have just been ugly parted ways. Friendship sex quickly goes beyond the given framework when sympathy is involved, but modern residents of a metropolis do not so quickly admit that attachment is not a burden for them, but a great inner desire. The case when the unsuccessful duplicates of the film are in no way inferior to the successful ones: Kunis and Timberlake bribe by not portraying some cardboard young successful guys, but telling a universal story about those who paused emotions for the sake of a career and for many years faced irresponsibility and hypocrisy. As in the rom-com "More than Sex" of the same year (where Mila's future husband and friend Ashton Kutcher played) the main character is not a mannequin waiting for great love, but a vital and charismatic girl with specific requirements, sympathies and desires.
A whimsical, insane film - the epitome of the "shameful pleasure" cliché - an epic of the Wachowski filmmaking duo that even a cleaning lady can have a great destiny.Mila Kunis plays the main role - Jupiter Jones, who, through a messenger with sharp ears (Channing Tatum), learns about her mission as a cosmic ruler and savior. The film is a camp film, the plot is delusional and delightful at the same time. Jupiter's parents met in St. Petersburg, Jupiter herself is trying to destroy enemy agents during egg donation, the action is transferred from Earth to distant space and back at superluminal speed, the upright lizard works as an advisor, Eddie Redmayne unconvincingly whispers curses through his teeth. One can love Jupiter Ascending for the same thing that one cannot digest: for excessive special effects, naive or absurd plot twists and the desire to make a transcendental atlas out of everything. But it is definitely worth watching for the sake of Mila Kunis - a warm, humane, doubting and very pretty heroine of a cumbersome space story, whose superpower is beyond doubt: all the cameras here are looking at her.
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