Mom’s Night Out Review
“You know what I wanted when I was a kid? This. I am living it. But I am not happy. How come I feel this way?” Quote by Allyson in “Mom’s Night Out.”
Being a mom isn’t easy. There are days that are just downright hard. There are some days we wonder who is raising who – the adults raising the kids, or the kids raising the adults. Prior to having children, I lacked patience. Okay, I’m going easy on myself. Actually, I had not one iota of patience. When my oldest was almost a year old, I remember talking to my sister-in-law after having a pretty rough day. I told her about my day and that I had been praying for patience. She jokingly responded with, “Don’t you know you never pray for patience?” It’s difficult to put the conversation into context, but the laughter was what I needed. On a side note, I have never stopped praying for patience. It’s almost as if the more I pray for patience, the more patience God blesses me with. However, the more I pray for patience, it seems the more my patience is tested. Mommas, the truth is we are tested each day while raising our blessings.
Mom’s Night out originally started as a book written by Tricia Goyer. If you haven’t read the book here is what amazon says about it.
Moms’ Night Out is a novelization of the hilarious family comedy that celebrates real family life—where everything can go wrong and still turn out all right.
All Allyson and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and conversation . . . a long-needed moms’ night out. But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation and food not served in a bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for a few hours—what could go wrong?
Chronicling one night out gone awry, three harried moms, their husbands, a sister-in-law with a misplaced baby, a tattoo parlor owner, a motorcycle gang, and a bewildered cabbie all learn to embrace the beautiful mess called parenting. This book spotlights the unfulfilled expectations and serial self-doubts many moms feel . . . then reassures us that the key is raising kids in a loving home. Mom’s Night Out is an endearing, true-to-life comedy.
Before “Mom’s Night Out” came to the big screen, I was asked to attend a pre-screening of the movie. My husband took off work early so he could come home and be with the boys. This allowed myself and my sweet friend Rhiannon to attend the showing together! We literally got a Mom’s Night Out! Rhiannon and I enjoyed sweet fellowship, talking about our families, things we were struggling with, and just being an encouragement to each other. I posted a mini-review with pictures of our special Mom’s Night Out pre-screening HERE. We both related to the movie in so many ways. While this movie is fictional, I believe it is an autobiography of many of our lives. I remember scenes in the movie that made me wonder if my life was being spied upon…lol.
Since attending the pre-screening of “Mom’s Night Out,” I have watched this spectacular movie three additional times. I attended the opening weekend with some other wonderful friends and I also took my mom to watch it in theaters on Mother’s Day. The third time I watched this movie was when I was asked to review the DVD. I popped some popcorn, curled up with my boys on the couch and made a movie night out of it. This movie is so good that I’m ready to watch it again!
Although this movie is fictional, I related to it from the opening scenes. I will not ruin the movie by giving spoiler alerts, but I will tell you that Allyson is a mom and a blogger. She is a blogger! I love that this movie is faith-based. This year, faith-based movies are taking Hollywood by storm and showing that movies with class, faith, morals, modest apparel and clean language can be blockbuster hits, but are important to us. Based off the box office sales, there is a demand for more faith-based movies. I am so grateful for the producers. actors, writers, and all who work to make faith-based movies possible. I want to share a quote I read on Amazon by an atheist about “Mom’s Night Out” Movie, which really says ALOT about the movie!!!
This is delightful comedy that centers around stressed out super-mom Allyson (Sarah Drew). She conspires with two other stressed out mom’s to have a “mom’s night out” and to let Sean (Sean Astin) mind the kids along with his single buddy friend Kevin (Kevin Downes). The other two members of the threesome include Sondra (Patricia Heaton), the preacher’s wife and Izzy (Faith based film cutie Logan White).
We discover that the ability to walk in heels is not like riding a bike. Both the women and the men are out of their element leading to an over-the-top comic adventure. While the situation approaches unrealistic, the one liners had me in stitches. The plot is cliché and formulaic, but works with the characters and on-screen chemistry.
The film has a faith-based message and utilizes stars that have been strictly in faith-based films. With the help of a few headliners to carry the film, plus a decent script that wasn’t bogged down with a faith message, this film was delightful, even to this old atheist cynic.
Trace Adkins played a philosophical biker who tells Allyson and us, after a night of hell, what she apparently needed to know to enjoy life.
Parental Guide: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity. Quote by: The Movie Guy
Movies like “Mom’s Night Out” are appreciated by Christians who want to attend the movie theaters, but do not want to listen to or watch some of the filth in those secular movies. However, isn’t there a bigger plan? These faith-based films are seizing the opportunity to reach folks, such as The Movie Guy, with the gospel. Seeds are being planted and watered through the stories and the plots of these movies. Jesus tells us to Go into ALL the world and preach the gospel. That doesn’t just stop with our entertainment. I cannot say enough about “Mom’s Night Out.” The fact that I’ve paid to watch this movie three times says a lot about my feelings towards this movie. Allow me to add that it was worth every penny! If you haven’t watched “Mom’s Night Out,” I encourage you to purchase the DVD! This is definitely a movie you will want to watch over and again.
Men, I’m speaking to you, too. You may be thinking to yourself that you will not enjoy it. You’re probably thinking that because of the title, right? Seriously, who wants to watch a movie about Mom’s leaving the house to go out with other Mom’s while the Dad’s must figure out how to manage the household while she’s gone. My oldest (who happens to be my review sidekick) thought the same thing when I told him the title…LOL. (He is so much like his Dad). Well, needless to say, but he loved it. The movie has action scenes that will hold your interest. My DVD copy is heading overseas to my husband who is away with the Army. He will finally get a chance to watch it, then send it back so I can watch it again! HA! I give this movie a 100!! I simply cannot do just a 5!!
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