Moms' Night Out

Moms' Night Out

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Director: Jon Erwin, Andrew Erwin, Sarah Drew, Patricia Heaton

Cast: Jon Erwin, Andrew Erwin, Sarah Drew, Patricia Heaton

     
 

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A group of exhausted mothers venture into the city for a rare night out on the town, but their carefree evening without kids doesn't go quite as planned in this family-friendly comedy starring Sarah Drew, Sean Astin, Patricia Heaton, and Trace Adkins.

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A group of exhausted mothers venture into the city for a rare night out on the town, but their carefree evening without kids doesn't go quite as planned in this family-friendly comedy starring Sarah Drew, Sean Astin, Patricia Heaton, and Trace Adkins.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tim Holland
Movies that take place mostly over the course of 24 hours, as a protagonist's best-laid plans for a fun night out on the town go horribly awry, are a Hollywood staple. Neil Simon struck comic gold with the concept more than 40 years ago with Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis in The Out-of-Towners. Martin Scorsese added a decided edge to the formula several years later in After Hours. And more recently, Tina Fey and Steve Carell worked the idea over to moderate success in Date Night. The Erwin brothers, directors of the inspirational October Baby, retool the concept with three moms and prove that a zany night out, in which everything that could possibly go wrong does, can still produce solid laughs. Allyson (Sarah Drew), a frazzled stay-at-home mom raising three energetic kids under the age of five, tries to write a mommy blog, but soon discovers that she doesn't have anything to say. Well, that's not quite true. She has plenty to say, but none of it is positive. Her kids are driving her crazy, and her husband Sean (Sean Astin) isn't much help because he's constantly traveling for his work. Allyson refers to herself as "the Bruce Banner of stay-at-home moms"; she doesn't want to turn into an angry hulk, but she just can't help herself. When Sean finally arrives home from a business trip on Mother's Day, she is at her wit's end. She confesses that her girlhood dream was to marry a good man and be a mom, but now she has that and she's still not happy. She decides that what she needs, at least in the short term, is a fun girls' night out: She invites her best mommy friend Izzy (Andrea Logan White) and her pastor's wife Sondra (Patricia Heaton) to join her for a nice dinner at a fancy restaurant on Saturday night. Of course, this will require the ladies' husbands to watch the kids. What could go wrong? What ensues is a wacky series of misadventures that include lost dinner reservations, a missing van, a misplaced child, a harrowing car chase, and comic trips to a bowling alley, a tattoo parlor, and the city jail. The slapstick-filled story keeps the laughs coming as the moms' evening goes from mild inconvenience to nightmare-caliber disaster. The uniformly strong cast, led by Grey's Anatomy's Sarah Drew and The Middle's Patricia Heaton (who's also a producer), are delightful and relatable. True, the characters other than Allyson and Sondra are mostly cardboard thin, but the protagonists manage to enliven their harried moms with genuine feeling and great comic timing. And country singer Trace Adkins again proves his acting chops as a tattooed biker (a less menacing version of the one he played in The Lincoln Lawyer) who turns out to be deeper than his rough exterior suggests. Moms' Night Out certainly isn't great cinema, but it is a solid comedy that will prove to be enjoyable for its target audience -- namely, moms who can relate to the many challenges of raising kids. Early on, Allyson's daughter draws flowers and a stick-figure family on the living-room wall. Allyson is furious and starts to repaint it. But when it's time to cover up her daughter's doodles, she just can't bring herself to do it. Instead, she puts frames around them. What first appeared to be a mess turns out to be a blessing. And that's the underlining message of Moms' Night Out. Their disastrous night ends up bringing everyone closer together, and proves that a mom's job, while not always fun, is important and well worth the trouble. Amid the mess, a masterpiece just might emerge.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/02/2014
UPC:
0043396439313
Original Release:
2014
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:39:00
Sales rank:
4,075

Special Features

Bloopers; Deleted scenes; The heart of Mom's Night Out; Casting Moms' Night Out; The art of improv; The art of action; Filmmakers' commentary

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sarah Drew Allyson
Patricia Heaton Sondra
Trace Adkins Bones
Sean Astin Sean
David Hunt The Cabbie
Andrea Logan White Izzy
Robert Amaya Marco
Abbie Cobb Bridgette
Harry Shum Joey
Kevin Downes Kevin
Alex Kendrick Ray
Anjelah Johnson Hostess
Manwell Reyes Tattoo Desk Guy
Jason Burkey DJ
Sammi Hanratty Zoe
Michael Leone Brandon
Brett Rice Sergeant Murphy
Randy McDowell Hank
Lance E. Nichols Ronald
Odessa Sykes Mary
Victor Turner Police Desk Officer
Brad Heller Restaurant Visionary
Nicky Hawthorne Desk Nurse
Kristopher S. Kimlin Brother Bill
Zion Spargo Beck
Mary Nelson Newlywed Bride
Andrew Erwin Agent
Jon Erwin Agent
Lou Ferrigno The Hulk
Eric Server Frightened Man
Amy Adelseck Woman In Church
Donna Reed Housewife

Technical Credits
Jon Erwin Director,Screenwriter
Andrew Erwin Director,Editor
Jerilyn Bickford Production Manager
Benjamin Cook Sound Editor
Kevin Downes Producer
Marc Fantini Score Composer
Steffan Fantini Score Composer
Mark Garner Production Designer
Patricia Heaton Executive Producer
David Hunt Executive Producer
David Alan Johnson Executive Producer
Kristopher S. Kimlin Cinematographer
Andrea Gyertson Nasfell Screenwriter
Jonathan Olive Editor
Anna Redmon Costumes/Costume Designer
John Tegethoff Art Director
Justin Tolley Asst. Director
Joshua Walsh Associate Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Moms' Night Out
1. Scene 1
2. Scene 2
3. Scene 3
4. Scene 4
5. Scene 5
6. Scene 6
7. Scene 7
8. Scene 8
9. Scene 9
10. Scene 10
11. Scene 11
12. Scene 12
13. Scene 13
14. Scene 14
15. Scene 15
16. Scene 16

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Moms' Night Out 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
SRHill More than 1 year ago
Plenty of laughs available in Mom's Night Out. Good, clean-cut family fun, with especially funny turns by the lead actresses.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thought it would be funnier. Maybe you have to be a mom to appreciate it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a funny family movie that I would recommend anyone who has mother, is a mother, or had a mother should see it. Some really hilarious parts that made me laugh out-loud. And the actors played good character roles that were believable. Loved it and would see it again. Watch it with a Mom to get the full impact!