Coming to theatres in time for everyone to celebrate Mom is directors-brothers Jon and Andrew Erwin and TriStar Pictures answer to MOM’S NIGHT OUT.
The film tells the story of Allyson (Sara Drew), a woman in the midst of a mom-life crisis. Trying to balance life and motherhood, she is looking for a night out with the girls.
In order to make this happen the husbands need to step in to take care of the kids for a couple of hours. Simple right?
Enlisting the significant others Sean (Sean Astin), Kevin (Kevin Downes) and Joey (Harry Shum Jr.), Allyson calls up the preacher’s wife Sondra (Patricia Heaton) who is more than ready to let her hair down. Going along is Izzy (Logan White) and unexpectedly joining them is sister Bridget (Abbie Cobb).
FINAL WORD: Drew as Allyson is obviously stressed out burning both candles at the end. How do I know this? The scene of her hiding the closet is something I have not only seen before – but truthfully have done before. Drew plays a charming character who is in that Mommy place where you remember life before kids and hasn’t grasped the life with kids.
Astin as Sean is clearly a husband who is a little unaware of what his wife is going through. By the time he realizes it comes the awful truth that he isn’t as good at being Mr. Mom as he thought. This isn’t a bad thing, more like a common problem but Astin at least gives it all the ole college try discovering so much about his children in one night. Talk about an eye opener!
Heaton as the pastor’s wife Sondra is so dang cool I can hardly stand it! She is strong yet true to her faith not pretending for one moment so be Ms. Perfect. In fact, having a night out reminds her of the comedy this life brings and remembering what friendship is really all about. She had me laughing hard more than once.
Downs and Shum as the other fathers brought there own dad comedy to the film as well. Sweet, cracked and totally unaware I give them props for the attempt. White and Cobb bring in their own unique perspective on being a Mom in this ‘new age’ if that is the proper terminology. Trying to keep up with the world as it spins by so fast.
Two scene stealers here were Trace Adkins as Bones who has a life philosophy and an answer for everything that is pretty funny. The cute award goes to Shiloh Nelson as Bailey because being adorable is sometimes enough.
Other cast includes: Trace Adkins as Bones, David Hunt as Cabbie, Robert Amaya as Marco, Sammi Hanratty as Zoe, Michael Leone as Brandon, Shiloh Nelson as Bailey, Brett Rice as Sergeant Murphy and Alex Kendrick as Pastor Ray.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give MOM’S NIGHT OUT three tubs of popcorn out of five. This is a very cute film for Mom’s this weekend and…listen up Dad’s…a pretty safe date night film. It has a faith based theme without being preachy to the audience. It is fairly fast paced and actually flies by pretty fast for a film about the craziness of motherhood.
The cast plays off each other very well, there is silliness enough to go around wrapped up in issues that Mom’s will relate to quite easily. Shot in Birmingham, Alabama the scenery for me was recognizable even though I haven’t been back for a long time. The music is pretty good as well bringing more fun into the mix.
In the end – what could go wrong?