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HBO’s ‘Big Little Lies’ Is the Drama Every Mom Needs to Watch

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Have you ever sat inside a movie theater and heard someone behind you laughing a little too hard at one of the jokes? Someone laughing as if the joke applied directly to something that happened in their own life? That’s the feeling we’ve had in recent weeks watching HBO’s new hit show Big Little Lies, only instead of laughing, we’re cringing.

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The show, based on the Liane Moriarty novel of the same name, features an all-star cast including two Best Actress Oscar winners in Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. But what really has us falling in love with this show is just how brutally well it seems to mirror the life of some people we know.

Kidman and Witherspoon, along with Shailene Woodley and a hilariously funny Laura Dern all play mothers of children in a very well-to-do neighborhood and school district in California. The set up for the show is that someone has been killed but we don’t know who is dead or who committed the crime. Each episode focuses on the relationships of the mothers within their own families and with the other moms, and it’s on that second count that the show really heats up.

If you’ve ever had to go to battle on behalf of your child within the local school district or deal with an overzealous and overprotective fellow parent, this show may hit a little too close to home. The mothers form alliances with each other and the battle lines are quickly drawn between Witherspoon’s character Madeline and Dern’s character Renata. When the son of Jane, a single parent played by Woodley is accused of choking Renata’s daughter, all hell breaks loose. In short, it’s pretty easy to see how one of these ladies might eventually snap and decide to permanently take out one of their rivals. The snide comments and evil glances bring the shade full throttle while simultaneously reminding you of an argument you probably had with another woman in your real life.

While the way women treat and interact with each other is a big part of this show’s message, there’s also something to be said about what goes on behind closed doors. Each mother on the show is determined to put her best foot forward while out in public but with each passing episode, we’ve been able to dive deeper and deeper into each of their psyches as their life at home starts to fall apart. In each case, it sort of begs the question, is each mother’s home life falling apart because they are choosing to bring the drama with the other moms home with them? Personally, my money is on the home strife being what finally pushes one of these ladies over the edge. Big Little Lies airs Sunday night on HBO.

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