Moms' Night Out

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Bland faith-based comedy supports traditional gender roles.
  • PG
  • 2014
  • 98 minutes

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 19 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Positive messages about the importance of motherhood -- and also about taking time for self care and finding fulfillment on multiple fronts. But the movie's reliance on traditional gender roles related to parenting may not resonate with all viewers.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Allyson represents mothers who are stressed by the ins and outs of parenting, often without help from their partners; she loves her children but is frazzled. Her husband is kind and well meaning, but he's also a bit clueless when it comes to childcare. Traditional gender roles are reinforced.

Violence

A police officer accidentally tasers a woman. A man punches another man in the nose and is later head-butted by a different man. A father and son are both injured and taken to the hospital, where the father slams his own dislocated shoulder against a wall to snap it back into place. A woman pushes and shoves a man out of anger and frustration. A man is hit with pepper spray in the eyes.

Sex

A couple of marital kisses and references to a new pregnancy. A mother makes it clear that her teenage daughter may not wear revealing clothes to go out with a boy.

Language

Insults like "tramp," "pathetic," and "leech on society."

Consumerism

Several Sony Vaio computers, a Toyota Sienna minivan, and Groupon are prominently featured, as is a biker's Harley tattoo (and motorcycle). Allyson has a Vera Bradley bag.
 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A couple of characters appear drunk or stoned. A recovering alcoholic (who's never seen) is said to have left in search for a drink, so characters set off to look for her at a bar. At a restaurant, adults are seen with wine glasses on their tables. At a bowling alley, a waitress carries a tray of beer bottles, and a pastor's wife says she can't be seen around alcohol.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Moms' Night Out is a faith-based comedy about three stay-at-home moms who get away for a night on the town, only to have their plans dashed by unforeseen obstacles. Although there's virtually no language (aside from a couple of insults like "tramp") or sex (just a couple of brief marital kisses), the movie isn't really meant for younger viewers, who won't get the marital/domestic humor or the more mature themes about identity crises and maternal breakdowns. There's also some drinking (and a couple of characters who appear drunk or stoned) and punching/pushing/shoving. Although the trailers don't necessarily make it clear, Moms' Night Out contains overtly evangelical Christian messages and themes.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bytimp1 November 4, 2014

Amateur hour...

Awful script, stiffly acted, and amateurishly produced. The message appears to be that moms need to shut up, obey their husbands, and appreciate that we allow t... Continue reading
Parent of a 18+-year-old Written byJoeNTrish June 25, 2019

A Moms' Night Out Will LIFT You UP w/Laugh Out Loud Bust A Gut Laughter!!!

Adrian Rogers once said that in a scientific study they found that people who can make you laugh without using profanity, rude criticism, putting people down, c... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byPugsrock28 April 27, 2020

A Cute, Christian family movie

Moms night out is about a mom that is sometimes overwhelmed by being a mom and goes out with her friends but it doesnt go quite as expected. Overall it's a... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byKaitlynHardee June 3, 2018

Funny and Clean

I love watching a funny movie without hearing a curse word every 2 seconds!

What's the story?

Allyson (Sarah Drew) is a suburban stay-at-home, homeschooling mom to three young children who's at the end of her proverbial rope, in large part because her husband, Sean (Sean Astin), is often away on business -- even on Mother's Day. All she'd really like to do is start her own mommy blog, but with all the chaos of her daily life, she can't find any time for herself. So when her husband finally comes home at the end of a stressful Mother's Day, Allyson decides that the next Saturday night, she'll invite her best friend, Izzy (Andrea Logan White), and her mentor, pastor's wife Sondra (Patricia Heaton) on a MOMS' NIGHT OUT. But of course, things don't go as planned as a mixed-up reservation, overwhelmed husbands, and a missing baby lead to a night of wacky misadventures.

Is it any good?

In many ways, Mom's Night Out is the opposite of I Don't Know How She Does It and other frantic working-mom comedies. Instead of focusing on the harried life of moms who have to balance working outside the home and raising their children, Moms' Night Out follows the just-as-stressful (but, as the filmmakers see it, even more rewarding) life of a stay-at-home mom. The premise has potential, and the trailers feature some of the movie's funnier bits, but once the action starts, viewers will quickly realize that this is very much a Christian film (a fact that may turn off viewers who don't share the filmmakers' faith), like Courageous or Fireproof. (The director of Courageous, Alex Kendrick, even has a supporting role here as Allyson's pastor/Sondra's husband.)

For families who wish there were more faith-based films on the market, this is a fine pick. The movie's central message is that while an at-home mother may struggle to find her way, ultimately she's doing God's work by being home with her children. Unfortunately, the flip side of that message is that fathers are secondary parents who can't figure out how to "babysit" their own children for one night without landing in the emergency room. Also unfortunately, the movie just isn't very funny. Drew, who's known as the perky Dr. Kepner on Grey's Anatomy, plays Allyson as too shrill and controlling to be empathetic, and pretty much the only likable character is tattoo parlor owner Bones, played by country singer Trace Adkins. Moms deserve a funnier night out a the movies!

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about who you think Moms' Night Out is intended to appeal to. Is it just for moms/adults? Do you think only families/viewers who embrace the movie's faith-based messages will appreciate it? Why or why not?

  • How would you describe the movie's point of view about gender roles and family responsibilities? Do you think most fathers are as bumbling and clueless as the ones depicted here? Are most mothers as controlling and stressed out?

  • Discuss the popularity of movies that take mostly in one day/night. How does this comedy compare to other movies about a night full of misadventures?

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