So I’m a little late in seeing the movie Mom’s Night Out, but now that I have… I feel like I must tell Moms everywhere just how wonderful it is! The movie basically brought my life to the big screen. The main character, Allyson, is me. Oh.my.goodness, she is me! She’s even a ‘Mommy blogger’, for pete’s sake! I laughed a lot during this movie, and I cried a lot as well.
As a Mom (especially if you have very young children), I am sure you will identify with one or more characters in this movie. And Dads will identify with a lot of this movie, as well.
I’ll try not to give too much away… Basically, Allyson has reached that point that I have reached many times – she is to-the-point-of-tears exhausted, easily irritated and not as happy as she dreamed she’d be at this point in her life. She always wanted to be a Mom. Always. She dreamed of having a home, a great husband and children. She has all of that…and yet, she isn’t always happy. Shouldn’t she be happy? Finally she plans a Mom’s Night Out with 2 fellow Mom friends. What was supposed to be a carefree, super fun, kid-free night becomes total chaos, and Allyson once again feels like a failure.
She explains along the way that she doesn’t feel she is very good at the Mom-thing, but in reality, she is just overwhelmed. I totally get it. There is a very poignant scene where a new acquaintance gives her the best encouragement ever, and says to her (among much else) “I doubt the good Lord made a mistake giving your kids the Mama he did…” I just cried and cried.
Here is a short video clip that combines scenes from the movie with dialogue by the producers. Just this alone will bless your heart as a Mom, even without seeing the movie.
Such a sweet movie. You will love it. And what’s even better…the movie is rated PG and made by Affirm Films, so it’s sweet and real and honest and softly faith-based. I appreciate movies like that a lot. Despite being made by a lesser-known production company, it has some big names in it, and was well made. Your husband will appreciate it, too, because he may recognize his wife a bit in the movie, AND he’ll identify with the husbands.
Oh, I said before that the main character, Allyson, is ME on the big screen. From the moment I saw her jump at her kids in the car, to the moment she watched TV in the dark for “Mommy time”, I loved her. There’s one very big exception. She sometimes gets up at 5 AM to deep clean her house. I would never do that! My sleep is far too important to me.