Moms' Night Out
|Moms' Night Out|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||The Erwin Brothers|
|Written by||Jon Erwin |
Andrea Gyertson Nasfell
|Music by||Marc Fantini |
|Edited by||Andrew Erwin |
|Distributed by||TriStar Pictures|
|Box office||$10.5 million|
Moms' Night Out is a 2014 American comedy film directed by The Erwin Brothers, and written by Jon Erwin and Andrea Gyertson Nasfell. The film stars Sarah Drew, Sean Astin, Patricia Heaton and Trace Adkins. The film was released on May 9, 2014, in 1,044 theaters.
Allyson Field is a young mother who is having a most unhappy Mother's Day. At first glance, she seems to have a life that many would envy. She is happily married to her loving husband Sean and they have three lively, adorable children. However, as Allyson types on her "mommy blog", she is beset with anxiety and feelings of unworthiness. She describes herself as a "freaky clean freak" who actually sees beauty in a padded cell. She has paranoid delusions about her children getting salmonella and child welfare workers taking them away. She realizes that she is living her simple dream of being a decent wife and mother and feels like a horrible person because of her inner demons.
Allyson finds comfort in her two best friends Sondra and Izzy. Sondra is a pastor's wife, the pillar of the community, whom Allyson describes as her Gandalf and Doctor Phil. Sondra has a rebellious teenage daughter Zoey who acutely feels the stigma of being a pastor's daughter. Izzy is Allyson's high-school friend who has twins and is married to the lovable but bumbling Marco who has an irrational fear of bikers and small children. Allyson is deeply affected by a sermon that Sondra's husband gives about the high calling of motherhood and the sacrifices that are entailed.
Sean recommends a night out for his overstressed wife, and she and Izzy and Sondra plan one that starts with dinner at a fancy Chinese restaurant. However, the evening is a disaster from start to finish. Sean's loopy half-sister Bridget comes to dinner and asks Ally to babysit her son Phoenix. Sean agrees to shoulder the responsibility with Marco and his friend Kevin, who loves video games and hates kids. In many ways Sean and Kevin are arrested adolescents. When Ally and her friends arrive at the restaurant they're told that their reservation has been lost and Ally has a mini-meltdown and throws away their cellphones. The three friends go bowling and Sondra tries to comfort the frazzled Ally telling her that God is always with her. The evening degenerates with further accidents and misunderstanding as the babysitters take the children to a video arcade which results in a trip to the emergency room and the men inadvertently taking the women's van. Things go from bad to worse when Bridget realizes that Phoenix is missing. The four travel across the city looking for him, and all four end up in a jail cell and Sondra gets tased.
The film ends with everyone being happily reunited and Ally typing a happy blog proclaiming that while her life is stressed and crazy it is also beautiful. She finds the true meaning of a video that Sondra sent her showing an eagle caring for its young. Sean reminds her of the old saying that "the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world."
- Sarah Drew as Allyson
- Sean Astin as Sean
- Patricia Heaton as Sondra
- Andrea Logan White as Izzy
- Trace Adkins as Bones
- Robert Amaya as Marco
- Abbie Cobb as Bridget
- Harry Shum, Jr. as Joey
- David Hunt as Cabbie
- Alex Kendrick as Pastor Ray
- Anjelah Johnson as restaurant hostess
- Kevin Downes as Kevin
- Manwell Reyes as Desk Guy
- Sammi Hanratty as Zoe
- Jason Burkey as DJ
- Michael Leone as Brandon
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On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an 17% approval rating based on 41 reviews, with an average rating of 4/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Cheap-looking, unfunny, and kind of sexist to boot, Moms' Night Out is a disappointment from start to finish." On Metacritic, the film has a rating of 25 out of 100, based on 20 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews."
Moms' Night Out won an award for Best Film at the 46th GMA Dove Awards.
The film grossed $4.2 million in its opening weekend, finishing in 7th place. As of July 13, 2014, the film had grossed $10.5 million.
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