The movie Mom’s Night Out takes a humorous look at the challenges, frustrations, and joys of being a mom.
From the makers of October Baby, the directing team, “Jon & Andrew Erwin, “focus on developing and producing unique stories of redemption, faith, and triumph of the human spirit.” This talented duo has created a delightful, high quality film that affirms the all-important values of faith and family.
As the movie opens, we join Allyson (Sarah Drew), a mom in the midst of the frenzy of life with three small children. As a mommy blogger, the exhausted Allyson feels she has nothing to write about as she struggles to keep her head above water. Over-stressed and on the edge, Allyson struggles to reconcile her compulsive desires to be a great mom and perfect housekeeper with the reality of parenting.
When the frustrations pile up, Allyson plans a sophisticated night out with two other moms. Reservations to an upscale restaurant, party dresses, and rarely used glittery high heels are all part of getting ready for this well-deserved and desperately needed break. The well-meaning husbands volunteer to watch all the children with promises of no violent video games.
The fun night out quickly goes wrong as the three friends discover that reservations for “this Saturday” mean different things to different people. Ripe and ready for a MOMENT, the friends pull Allyson off the edge of a meltdown with the restaurant hostess. They end up at the bowling alley, trading high heels for bowling shoes. The hilarious mayhem spins as the mishaps go from bad to worse. Mom’s night out turns into a chaotic pursuit of stolen cars and a lost baby, with trips to the hospital, tattoo parlors, and the police station. Amid all the craziness, viewers will enjoy many laugh-til-you-cry moments.
The cast features Sarah Drew in the lead role as on-the-edge Allyson. Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings), trades his hobbit status for fatherhood and plays a supportive and caring husband, trying his best to give his wife a much needed break. Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond) displays her comedic talent as Sondra, a pastor’s wife and mom of a teenage daughter. Sondra is a mentor and friend to the younger mom’s, but also struggles with the challenge of maintaining her pastor’s wife image amidst the challenges of parenting a teenager. Country-music star, Trace Akdins, plays the gruff tattoo-artist-biker dude with a softer side that is revealed in the heart of the film with unexpected poignancy and wisdom. The cast also includes familiar faces from the movie Courageous–Alex Kendrick, Robert Amaya, and Kevin Downes.
If your kids have surprised you with a colossal mess while making breakfast for you as you grit your teeth and try to ignore the mess…Mom, this movie is for you.
If you have struggled to reconcile the beautiful mess of the daily challenges of parenting with the ideal in your head… Mom, this movie is for you.
If you have wondered how you could have what you always wanted–a beautiful family–and yet feel the guilt of discontent and exhaustion…Mom, this movie is for you.
If the stress of your expectations of yourself have made you feel like a failure as a mom and wife…then Mom, this movie is for you.
If you have desperately wanted to take a break and do something for yourself, to wipe of the grime of magic marker and baby spit up and remember who you used to be…then Mom, this movie is for you.
Like Allyson, we can all get discouraged in trying to be the perfect mom and we can all benefit from the reminder that perfection isn’t the goal. Mom’s Night Out gives us time to step back and laugh at the challenges and frustrations of parenting can give us all a much-needed break from the weight of our often un-realistic expectations.
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