Movie Review: Moms' Night OutQuick Plot Summary: Fun comedy that celebrates and uplifts mothers.
Suggested Ages: 15+
This movie tells the story of some stressed-out moms that go out for a "mom's night out" on the town and what ensues is pure hilarity. I'm not saying this is the best comedy that's ever been created, but it's definitely entertaining and has a number of fun & funny moments, including several strong laugh-out-loud moments. I am not this movie's target audience but even as a guy, I still managed to enjoy this movie!
Ultimately though, this movie serves to be an encouragement to moms out there that their role is important and that God is with them to help them through it all. It really serves to affirm moms. And that's good stuff. Several of the actors from the excellent movie Courageous, which dealt with fatherhood, are also in this movie. It's great that we Christians have some good affirming movies that really uplift the family (rather than tear it down as many Hollywood movies do). Courageous, Moms' Night Out, Fireproof - these are great movies that are not really "family movies" FOR the family to watch, but are great movies for adults to watch "for the betterment of the family."
Moms' Night Out isn't a preachy movie, however. It really is mostly just a fun comedy that happens to say some affirming things along the way. There's nothing really objectionable in it either - it's pretty clean. It is also well-produced, directed, and generally decently acted. There's some notable talent in this film including Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond, The Middle), Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings), and Sarah Drew (Grey's Anatomy) among others. I must say my least favorite character was the main one played by Sarah Drew - she came across a bit too "over the top" / "whiny" for me - I do think the script could have used some re-working in regards to her character. However, some of the other performances, such as a biker character played by Trace Adkins, mostly made up for it.
I doubt you'll leave this movie thinking it's the best movie you've ever seen. But I think you'd be hard-pressed not to find it entertaining and fun and a perfectly enjoyable watch - especially if you're a mom.
Reviewed by Christopher Long,