Fun Mom Dinner

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Fun Mom Dinner
Fun Mom Dinner.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Alethea Jones
Produced by
  • Andrew Duncan
  • Alex Saks
  • Naomi Scott
Written by Julie Yaeger Rudd
Starring
Music by Julian Wass
Cinematography Sean McElwee
Edited by Jonathan Corn
Production
company
Distributed by Momentum Pictures
Release date
  • January 27, 2017 (2017-01-27) (Sundance)
  • August 4, 2017 (2017-08-04) (United States)
Running time
81 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Fun Mom Dinner is a 2017 American comedy film directed by Alethea Jones, from a screenplay by Julie Rudd. It stars Katie Aselton, Toni Collette, Bridget Everett, Molly Shannon, Adam Scott, and Adam Levine.

The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2017. It was released on August 4, 2017 by Momentum Pictures.

Plot[edit]

When four moms come together for a "fun mom dinner", the night takes an unexpected turn.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

On June 22, 2016, it was reported that Alethea Jones would direct Fun Mom Dinner from a script by Julie Yaeger Rudd, featuring a cast including Toni Collette, Molly Shannon, Bridget Everett, and Adam Scott. Filming began that day in Los Angeles.[1][2] Julian Wass composed the film's score.[3]

Release[edit]

The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2017.[4][5][6] Prior to Sundance, Momentum Pictures and Netflix acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film.[7] It was released in a limited release and through video on demand on August 4, 2017.[8] It was released through Netflix on December 31, 2017.[9]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Fun Mom Dinner received generally negative reviews from critics. Reviewing the film for The New York Times, Nicole Herrington called it a "thin script" but praised the chemistry along the leads, and Everett's performance.[10] Christy Lemire reviewing for Roger Ebert's website gave the film one-and-a-half stars on the basis that the film "makes the repeated mistake of banging us over the head with its running gags and needlessly spelling everything out, making the movie feel longer than its 81 minutes," and summarizing that "These are indeed moms, and they do have dinner, but the “fun” part is in short supply."[11] The A.V. Club gave the film a "C" grade calling the film uninspired, and "undeniably disappointing when a movie called Fun Mom Dinner isn’t, well, much fun."[12]

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2018
Guild of Music Supervisors Awards Best Music Supervision for Films Budgeted Under $5 Million
Howard Paar
Nominated
Yoga Awards You Too Award
Alethea Jones
Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ McNary, Dave (June 22, 2016). "Toni Collette, Molly Shannon to Star in 'Fun Mom Dinner' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved July 16, 2016. 
  2. ^ Wright, Megh (June 22, 2016). "Molly Shannon, Bridget Everett, Toni Collette, and More to Star in 'Fun Mom Dinner'". Splitsider. Retrieved July 16, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Julian Wass to Score 'Fun Mom Dinner'". Film Music Reporter. November 9, 2016. Retrieved November 9, 2016. 
  4. ^ Patten, Dominic (December 5, 2016). "Sundance 2017: Robert Redford, New Rashida Jones Netflix Series, 'Rebel In The Rye' & More On Premiere, Docu, Midnight & Kids Slates". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 5, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Fun Mom Dinner". Sundance Film Festival. Retrieved January 18, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Printable Film Guide" (PDF). Sundance Film Festival. Retrieved December 13, 2016. 
  7. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (January 19, 2017). "'Fun Mom Dinner' Racks Up Near $5M In WW Deals As Momentum, Netflix Buy Sundance Film". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 19, 2017. 
  8. ^ Boone, John (June 19, 2017). "EXCLUSIVE: Meet the Moms of 'Fun Mom Dinner' -- and Check Out the Movie's Poster!". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved June 27, 2017. 
  9. ^ Lapin, Andrew (November 30, 2017). "What's New on Netflix: December 2017". Vulture. Retrieved April 29, 2018. 
  10. ^ Herrington, Nicole. "Review: 'Fun Mom Dinner' Means a Night Out Without the Kids". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 August 2017. 
  11. ^ Lemire, Christy. "Fun Mom Dinner Movie Review & Film Summary". Roger Ebert. Retrieved 5 August 2017. 
  12. ^ Rife, Katie. "Moms run mild in the bloodless Fun Mom Dinner". A.V. Club. Retrieved 5 August 2017. 

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