Whether you stay at home with your kids or work in an office, being a mom is extremely stressing. Your life is inevitably under the mercy of miniature dictators (a.k.a. children) and, even though your friends might think you “have it all together,” you know the truth. And you often feel overwhelmed and inadequate.
Mom’s Night Out follows the story of Allyson (Sarah Drew), the frazzled, worn-out, stay-at-home mom to three kiddos. Her loving husband, Sean (Sean Astin, who I knew first as Samwise Gamgee) pushes her to get away and have a moms-only night out. So, Allyson gathers her best friend Izzy (Andrea Logan White) and her pastor’s wife Sondra (Patricia Heaton, who I grew up knowing as Deborah on “Everybody Loves Raymond”) for an evening of adult conversation and freedom from children.
But things begin to go awry right from the beginning when the ladies arrive at the fancy restaurant they were looking forward to enjoying and discover that they had unintentionally made reservations for the following week. From that point, one thing leads to another for both the moms and their families, misunderstandings ensue, and soon a child goes missing and many of the characters land themselves in jail.
Woven throughout the movie are lessons of love and life that, by the movie’s conclusion, have the characters and their captured audiences both laughing and in tears.
My husband and I watched this late one evening and found it to be totally hilarious! It was so much fun to watch. It was also great for my husband to see as it pretty thoroughly depicted the day to day feelings and struggles that I myself combat with as a stay-at-home mom (you know, one of those people that most others assume just sleep or watch TV all day). It helped my husband to realize how a stay-at-home mom does a ton of work and falls under a ton of stress just like everyone else (himself included–yes, he made me add that in).
The movie also helped me to realize that I should not be so hard on myself, illustrated for me that my job is important too, and opened my eyes to the fact that I really do need to get out a little more often!
Something my husband thought would be a good idea is to watch this fun yet lesson-teaching movie with some of our friends for an evening during our marriage small group. That way they, too, can see the importance of both the working and the stay-at-home mom and how those moms who always seem to have it all together really don’t.