Moms’ night out (2014)
All Allyson and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and fun – a long-needed moms’ night out. But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation, and food not served in a bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for a few hours … what could go wrong?
Genre : Comedy
Country : USA
Sarah Drew : Allyson
Sean Astin : Sean
Patricia Heaton : Sondra
Director : Andrew and Jon Erwin
“So here’s the Plan… We take them inside, get their hand stamped and they can’t get out. Like Shawshank Redemption.”
Let me just say it briefly but powerful. I thought this was an insult to all current fathers who are portrayed again as incapable to raise children or watch over them for a while. Again there’s the image that a family life and the daily organization only can run smoothly when super-mammy is around. Let hubby take care of it and everything will end up in a chaotic mess. Sorry, but I think this is such a terrible outdated idea and again the subject of another “everything-goes-wrong” film. These days new terms like “The New Man” are used frequently so the idea being used in here, is kind of old-fashioned. And the statement that modern women can do a multitude of tasks simultaneously nowadays, is also a rarity. There are enough women who aren’t blessed with this multitasking feature.
The entire film can be summarized as follows. The highly stressed mother Allyson (Sarah “Greys Anatomy” Drew) urgently needs to take a break to let off steam (she’s not blessed with the multitasking option apparently) and asks her two friends, Izzy (Andrea Logan White) and Sondra (Patricia Heaton) to join her in a night out. Her husband Sean (Sean Astin who still looks like a hobbit) understands the situation and fully supports her. He’ll take care of the children that weekend along with his friends Kevin (Kevin Downes), who hates children, and Marco (Robert Amaya), who also could use some psychiatric assistance due to his chronic anxiety when it comes to childcare. And then the “Night out” starts and the accumulation of accidents, mishaps and misunderstandings begins. Even a summary of all extreme disaster movies of the last decade is nothing, compared to this catastrophic night. Everything goes wrong. And I mean literally everything.
As full time working parents of two little kids, we’ve never experienced such situations and think it’s slightly exaggerated. As the film progressed it started to cause irritation. Even my wife, who’s my checkpoint when it comes to comedies, also looked at me with a slightly frustrated look after a while. Afterwards I can conclude that this was a fairly unsuccessful movie. It’s a comedy without funny moments. Just like a barbecue without meat. The intention is good, but the end result is tasteless. And for all the happy newlyweds who have plans about expanding their family, I strongly advise not to watch this film. They might rethink it …