Do You Need A Mom’s Night Out?

1005884_148466015349540_1080878147_nLast fall, I had the rare opportunity to see a movie before it was released.  When Hearts at Home was contacted by the Moms’ Night Out movie team to discuss reaching moms together, I told my team that I wouldn’t endorse something that I hadn’t seen.  Within a matter of weeks, we were able to view the movie in its unedited version.

I laughed.

I cried.

I laughed some more.

I walked away thinking that the movie managed to capture the challenges of so many faces of motherhood including the stay-at-home mom, working mom, single mom, mom of little ones, and mom of teens.  I loved how the movie illustrated the fears, insecurity, disappointments, struggles, joys, and emotions that every mom experiences at one time or another.

I loved how it made a mom feel normal.

After viewing the movie even when it was still a work in progress, I KNEW this movie would reach the heart of moms.

So you can only imagine my utter surprise to read the critic reviews of Moms Night Out that began to appear after opening weekend.  Moms Night Out was torn apart by critics who only gave it a positive review rate of only 16 percent. However, it was given rave reviews of 86 percent by the majority of those who have seen it.

You know what that tells me? There is a disparity between the media and the everyday person. This is such a reminder that those who often have a voice of influence, don’t always have a connection to their real audience.

There are voices screaming for our attention each and everyday. Magazine covers, critic reviews, and advertising clamor for our attention, but they rarely connect with our reality. You and I have a responsibility to filter out the voices that don’t know us, and tune into the voices that do.

10255349_10152247219472239_4374811033493583550_nGo to the Moms’ Night Out movie with other mom and I assure you you’ll have plenty to talk about for hours afterwards.  There’s nothing better than being with other women who understand what your life is like no matter whether its in a coffee shop, a moms group, or viewing a movie that illustrates the real everyday challenges every mom faces.

I went with both of my daughters who are young moms.

We laughed.

We cried.

And you will too.

Inside Scoop: When you go to see the movie, stay all the way through the credits because there is a bonus scene at the very end! 

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7 Responses to Do You Need A Mom’s Night Out?

  1. Tara says:

    I, too, saw SOME of it as an uncut version. I believe I am in the minority when I say, “meh”. Funny? Yes. Great time with MOPS friends? Absolutely.

    However, they lost me when the dads offered to babysit. Dads do not babysit and to perpetuate this stereotype does a great disservice to fathers and their children. (Hello? Isn’t this the same company that produced Courageous?) They also continued with the stereotype of dads as the incompetent bumbling idiots who can’t take care of their own children. I honestly expected more meat from their night out (perhaps it became a regular thing where they talked their problems out or learned that at some point everyone dislikes this job??) and the final Sunday School ending tied up with a clean house and fresh coffee in the early morning just made me nuts.

    • JillSavage says:

      Tara, I think you have to remember that this is a comedy. Comedy usually entails some form of exaggeration and you definitely see that in the portrayal of the dads.

      • Tara says:

        Thanks for your reply. (And thanks to your readers for not blasting me out of the water for having an uncommon view!)

        I’ll see it again when it comes out on video, keeping that in mind.

        Though it is a HUGE soapbox of mine that Daddies do NOT babysit! 😉

  2. Thanks for the trailer! In the first scene when she started painted over the “art” I actually yelled out loud: Don’t paint over it! I have my kids art framed and hanging all over my walls. It’s better than any Picasso and they’ll never be able to recreate it. Little kid art is amazing.

  3. Rob Currie says:

    I took my wife to see Mom’s Night Out and we loved it! It had a LOT of humor. People throughout the theater were laughing out loud repeatedly. I encourage people to watch the trailer on the web site – http://www.momsnightoutmovie.com. If you like the trailer, you’ll like the movie just as much.

  4. Jena Linkin says:

    I went to see this movie with my husband and daughter. We loved it! My husband does babysit when I am gone for Hearts at Home and encourages me to take another weekend away at least once a year. He was not at all offended by this movie. It was hysterical. Just goes to show you, even the best plans can go awry!

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