Mom's Night Out - A Movie Review
A Movie Review for Mom's Night Out
Mom's Night Out was a movie I was invited to go and see with several friends of mine. I hadn't especially set out to go and see it. Now that I have, I can thoroughly recommend it to mothers everywhere and of any age.
The idea might seem obvious but the theme was really developed well and grew to be a lot more fun than I had expected, to be honest. As you can probably guess, the basic idea is that there are some mom's that really could use a night out. The main mother represented in the movie is terribly overwhelmed by life. She is a stay at home mother and blogger who is somewhat of a perfectionist and it shows her very real struggles in even one of the best scenarios a mother can imagine.
This other has it all, so it seems. A wonderful and loving husband that is helpful when he isn't traveling out of town. She has a house and a mini van,and is living out her dream. She confided in her husband that she loved her life on the one hand, and was living out her dream, but didn't seem to also understand why she wasn't happy.
The solution after the beginning ideas played out, grew into a rather interesting story line that frankly, surprised me! It was somewhat silly and goofy but you did also really wonder what was going on and how it was going to end.
My friends and I many times throughout the movie laughed out loud more times than I could count! It was truly a lot of fun.
I would say that this movie comes from the point of view of a Christian, but it need not be only for Christians. There is a lot of encouragement to be had from many points of view. Even with that there were many recognizable actors and actresses and I was pleasantly surprised to see them. The acting overall was actually very good, and even by the children!
The night finally comes for the ladies to have their special and longed for "night out." All dressed up, they head out for what turns out to be a long line of one disaster after another, but also interspersed with a lot of fun and excitement. You simply wouldn't believe where they all end up and how the strange twist of events landed them in many different scenarios.
As far as encouragement for mothers of children of any age, this movie has it covered. I did get tears in my eyes and I was not in a sappy mood and didn't anticipate crying, but I did. My boys aren't even young anymore but I still did cry. I truly recall how difficult it is to bring up children from infancy and now on into adulthood. Things are still hard at times, just a new kind of difficult. I found this to be true of every stage.
Some of the biggest encouragement from the movie included that mothers need to not be so hard on themselves. They are meant to be just who they are for their children, and they don't need to live up to some unattainable standard. Every child is given to a mother for a reason, and she is meant to be that mother for a special purpose. It shows the resiliency of kids, and the honest faults of parents and parenthood at times.
The struggle to find ways to cope and survive throughout the bumpy parts is helpful, and can help mothers to not feel alone what sometimes feels like a very lonely and incredibly difficult job. This movie gives a reminder that in some ways, there is no more noble job than being a mother, a parent to a young child. It is an incredible and awesome gift, that comes with a job that you don't have to be 100% perfect at all the time. Kids know when they are loved, and you see a lot of that in this movie.
Some of the surprise appearance I had the pleasure of seeing in this movie included names like Sean Astin, Patricia Heaton, and Trace Adkins. I wasn't as familiar with Sarah Drew, and the other key characters but they did amazing jobs. The characters were all very likable and a lot of fun. Sean Astin for example, was Samwise Gamgee in the Hobbit and more, and Patricia Heaton Ray Romano's wife in "Everyone Loves Raymond." We all know Trace Adkins, and some wished he was in more scenes, though he was in his fair share. His role was a big one that was incredibly encouraging.
I can highly recommend this movie for both men and women of all ages. It was a truly enjoyable movie, and more than I expected it to be. The others I heard talking about it really enjoyed it as well, and were talking about others they wanted to take to see it. One of my friends had already seen it with her mother and said she laughed as much this time as the first even though she knew what was coming. Mom's night out is a great movie overall and will be a strong encouragement to mothers everywhere that get a chance to see it.