Every mom has a breaking point. If you're a mom, you know what we mean. In the movie Bad Moms, in theaters July 29, Mila Kunis gives up trying to be the perfect mother. She brings store-bought doughnut holes to the school bake sale. She throws a rager. And perhaps most notably, she trades in her 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan for a 1969 Dodge Challenger muscle car.
Inspired by that particular decision, we asked some real-life moms what they'd get if they decided to be a little less perfect. We added a few of our own to round out the top 10.
Yes, the Wrangler has relatively poor crash-test scores, a lack of modern safety equipment and clumsy on-road performance, all of which make it poorly suited to mom duty. Happily, all that makes it a badass car, perfectly suited to bad-mom duty. That's why it's No. 1 on our list.
It's a wagon, it has three rows and you could almost certainly stuff the better part of a Fisher-Price dream house inside. Sounds like "good mom" material, right? But this Mercedes is more Madonna than June Cleaver. It has 577 horsepower for optimum tire shredding. Contrast that with the three-row Honda Pilot, which has 280. This AMG Benz will blaze away from the school drop-off to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. That's quicker than most sports cars.
Let's say you want to disappear from your good-mom life, fly under the radar and keep your maintenance bills to a minimum while doing it. A Civic from practically any era is a safe bet for your vanishing act. The seventh-generation model pictured here is about as anonymous as it gets.
Here's the opposite approach: Leave home in head-turning style. And since this is a two-seater that can't accommodate an infant seat, the kid and the significant other will have to stay home. The 718 Cayman got some significant changes for 2017, picking up the "718" designation in the process. It truly is one of the most fun cars on the road. (Pro tip: The 2016 Cayman still offered two sweet six-cylinder engines. These were supplanted by four-cylinder power for 2017, so a lightly used model will arguably give you even more Porsche character.)
5. 2016 Audi R8
Maybe you're a mom who remembers the single days, when you rocked a fun car like the Audi TT. With momhood, an SUV supplanted your two-seater. Now that you've decided it's good to be bad, it's time to put that TT on steroids. The R8 is all-new for 2016 and packs a 540-hp V10 engine where a backseat would normally be. The V10 Plus model has 610 horsepower, just in case you really want to bring maximum envy to the spouse you've stuck with the SUV.
So your midlife crisis comes with a side order of nostalgia, which you're treating with copious amounts of glittery blue nail polish. A Tornado Red Volkswagen Beetle Convertible with a manual transmission would complement that shade nicely. It's a nod to your '70s SoCal childhood and horrible for carpooling. And no one can tell you not to drop the top whenever you feel like it.
For more than 50 years, the Ford Mustang has been a cool choice for bad moms (and cool moms) everywhere. One Edmunds editor says that his wife, mother and grandmother all had Mustangs as their first cars. But if we're perfectly honest, they're pretty lousy cars for parents. The backseat is barely usable, the two large doors can be a pain in close quarters, and good luck fitting a Bugaboo in the trunk. But who cares? It's a Mustang. Let your better half drive the Explorer.
The Mini is a popular pick of would-be-bad moms. They're cute, fun and customizable in virtually any way you'd like. And really, with the four-door Clubman and Countryman around, Mini's got options for non-bad moms, too. But a turbocharged, two-door Cooper S in a hot color has Bad Mom written all over it.
Nothing flaunts your Bad Mom-ness like a completely unusable back seat, and the new DB11 should certainly check that box. Aston's latest stunner is also set to be one of the hottest cars on the road for 2017. It's an all-new grand touring sports car from Britain's most famous sports car maker, and it just so happens to be James Bond's car of choice. It's hard to think of a cooler car for the mom who wants to escape in style.
In Bad Moms, Mila Kunis trades in her minivan for an original Dodge Challenger. While that certainly works, the modern Dodge Challenger could be even cooler. It has wildly powerful engines, gloriously retro styling and fantastic colors such as Sublime, B5 Blue and Plum Crazy. There's even Furious Fuchsia, if you don't mind buying a used model. In short, the reincarnated Challenger is all about fun. It's actually somewhat practical for kid transport, too, given its big-for-a-coupe backseat and trunk. But with this car, the badness definitely comes first. As it should.