Last night was National Mom’s Nite Out! (Yes, that’s a real thing.) Maria Bailey is the founder of National Mom’s Nite Out®…and the whole idea of it actually helped inspire a movie that opens in theaters TODAY (May 9th, 2014) — Moms’ Night Out! About the film…
“All Allyson and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and conversation . . . a long-needed moms’ night out. But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation and food not served in a paper bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for three hours—what could go wrong?”
Actually, A LOT can go wrong! It sort of reminds me of a much more family-friendly version of something like The Hangover. Honestly, some of their crazy adventure is a bit over-the-top. And, I tend to not like that crazy humor. But, I could relate to so much more of this movie, that I found myself liking it much more! Allyson, the lead mom in the movie, is a stay-at-home mom who is also trying to be a blogger. So, right off the bat, this movie has elements that will resonate with every mom and every blogger. I love that! From a “mom blogger” perspective this movie was awesome just because we’ve never really seen the two portrayed in a movie before. So, that’s fun.But, really, the message at the heart of the movie is what makes it refreshing. Allyson is a frazzled mom of 3 and is sure she is failing at everything. And, while some scenes are indeed a big far-fetched, I think at some point every single mom has been there. You been in that place where everything is a mess. The house is a wreck. Getting “dressed” means putting on clean yoga pants & a “nice” t-shirt that doesn’t have yogurt hand prints or snot on it. You find yourself snapping at your kids (or your spouse)…or crying & sneaking chocolates in the closet. You feel like a failure…as a mom, as a wife, as a woman. I’ve been there. As moms, we’ve ALL been there! And, the movie does a great job of portraying that. Then, a good lesson & reminder comes from the unlikeliest of places – a burly tattoo artist & biker named, Bones (played by Trace Adkins).
I also enjoyed that while the film is faith-based, it’s not overly religious or “preachy”. Church & religion play a natural role in the movie so that it doesn’t come off as too much or too judgmental, which I like. For comedic purposes the roles of everyone are overly stereotyped (and I would have LOVED it if the dads weren’t portrayed as so aloof & poorly able to take care of their kids), but the message of the movie is good. And, it’s nice to be able to enjoy watching a clean, family-friendly film for a couple of hours. I saw the movie at a special screening (about two months ago now) and the theater was filled with bloggers, as well as moms from local Christian groups & churches. The crowd reaction was good as we could all relate to so much of the movie. There were tears in a few places and LOTS of laughs! So, for Mother’s Day weekend, I think this would be an excellent movie choice!
For more information about the Moms’ Night Out movie, you can follow along on their website, Facebook or Twitter. And, for more information about National Mom’s Nite Out events, you can visit the Mom’s Nite Out website or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.
Have YOU seen Moms’ Night Out? What did you think?
Disclosure: I attended a special screening months in advance of the movie. All opinions & experiences are entirely my own. Photos above are official Moms’ Night Out movie photos.