Disclosure: I received a copy of this for review from the publisher. I was not otherwise compensated, nor was I required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Back in the spring, I watched as facebook and other social media lit up with this ridiculous looking movie called “Mom’s Night Out.” I shook my head as women around me fawned over it. I was pretty sure I would hate it. I am not a fan of slapstick comedy or shows that make dads look like idiots, and this movie seemed to have plenty of both.
I appreciated that it was a positive, family-friendly movie, but didn’t think it was for me.
So, when a good friend of mine called and asked if I’d like to go see it with her and another good friend, I wasn’t excited about it. However, I decided to go because I wanted to spend that time with my friends.
I am so glad I did.
About the Movie
Just in case you haven’t seen the buzz about this movie, here’s the rundown…
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 paper bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for three hours—what could go wrong?
This abstract is partly what made me not excited to watch the movie. The little info given here somewhat implies that all the problems of the night (and you can see from the trailer below that there are MANY), are the fault of inept husbands.
However, just a little spoiler here–the movie shows plenty of ineptness, and it’s not all from the husbands. There are also plenty of good parenting moments, and they aren’t all from the wives. So, in that respect, the movie is much more balanced than I first though.
What I thought
I really enjoyed this movie and was touched by it.
Yes, there is a lot of slapstick comedy. There are highly exaggerated and ridiculous situations, and sometimes the adults look more incompetent than I would like them to.
However, in the end, the message in this movie is just beautiful. There are plenty of opportunities to laugh. We laughed so hard we cried. And, if you’re sappy like me, there were plenty of opportunities to cry as well. But it was a wonderful, feel-good, family-friendly movie.
I loved how the movie dove right into Alyson’s insecurities as a wife and mom. It was scary how much I could relate, and how accurate her character was in depicting those thoughts that so many moms deal with.
The movie also offers a nice shout-out to homeschooling, which was fun for me. Fun fact: this movie was written, produced, and directed by The Erwin Brothers, who were homeschooled! You can read more from Jon Erwin about that here.
If you are a mom, I do believe you will enjoy this movie! I couldn’t wait to get the dvd so my hubby and I could watch it together on one of our at-home date nights. It is not just for moms. This movie is enjoyable for all audiences.
You can get your copy on DVD at Amazon.
A Giveaway Just for You!
Now for the exciting part…I get to give away one of these brand new DVD’s (just released Sept 2) to one of you!
All you have to do to enter is leave a comment letting me know why you’d like to win :) This giveaway is now over. Congrats to Lora F.
The giveaway is only open to US and Canada residents, and ends at 11:59 9/16/2014. Winner chosen at random and prize fulfilled by Fly By Promotions.
Have you seen the Mom’s Night Out movie?