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article imageReview: ‘Mom’s Night Out’ reinforces all the wrong stereotypes Special

By Sarah Gopaul     May 10, 2014 in Entertainment
In ‘Mom’s Night Out,’ a few overworked mothers get out their high-heels for a grown-up evening, but in typical Hollywood fashion their husbands prove inept at caring for the kids alone.
Being a mom is a relatively thankless task that requires her to be on-call 24/7 and equipped with endless patience. In Mom's Night Out, a stay-at-home mom is coming apart at the seams so she plans a girl's night to getaway and unwind. Unfortunately it turns out the world can't get along without her for one evening so she's pulled into one crazy scenario after another.
Allyson (Sarah Drew) loves her family, but she's just one sandwich in the DVD player away from completely falling apart. When her husband Sean (Sean Astin) comes home to find her hiding in the closet watching a live webcast of a mother eagle, he insists she take a night off. With Groupon in hand, Allyson and her two best friends, Izzy and Sondra (Logan White and Patricia Heaton), head out for a night on the town. But a stolen van, missing baby and no cell phones turns the fun into a disaster of nose bleeds, biker gangs and arrests.
Even if daily life at home isn’t this wild, it can sometimes feel that way – non-stop without a moment to rest. Still, Allyson and Sean’s kids are miniature hellions that appear to be completely undisciplined with no boundaries. Allyson worries she isn’t the perfect mom, venting about feeling inadequate when she finds a spare moment to contribute to her blog. It’s clear one night out isn’t going to solve her problems, nor is being reminded of God’s esteem. But this is a comedy, not a drama.
The narrative follows the typical one-crazy-night formula in which plans are interrupted. They give way to a scavenger hunt that takes the characters to various locations, each providing another clue that gets them one step closer to their goal. From a fine dining restaurant to a bowling alley to a tattoo parlour to jail, these women run around town trying to find and save their children. In spite of the fact that this is supposed to be a female-driven adventure, the men generally have better scenes and funnier lines.
Country singer Trace Adkins plays the philosophical biker Bones, who acts more like a sage godfather than outlaw. Astin, Kevin Downes and Robert Amaya are the clueless men charged with caring for the children, but are instead accused of grand theft auto and kidnapping. Meanwhile Drew is forever flustered, Heaton is level-headed and White is barely present as they are guided on their adventure by various men who take the lead while the women scream and stomp their feet.
Directors: Andrew Erwin and Jon Erwin
Starring: Sarah Drew, Sean Astin and Patricia Heaton
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