“Moms’ Night Out” is a fun movie, filled with lots of laughs and a lot of heart. Well-paced and well-acted, with smart dialogue and enough twists and turns to keep you on your toes: yeah, I really liked this movie. And yes, this is coming from a guy. Of course women of all ages will relate to the foibles and chaos on the screen, but guys will find it fun, too.

Sarah Drew plays Allyson, a young mom with her hands full and no downtime for any kind of R and R. All Allyson and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and conversation . . . a long-needed moms’ night out. But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation and food not served in a paper bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for three hours—what could go wrong?

Plenty…and it is hilarious. “Moms’ Night Out” is directed by the Erwin brothers, the same duo that brought us the excellent “October Baby,” this outing has the same top-notch quality, plus a van-full of fun. The guys and the cast must have had a blast making this film, and it shows. The cast includes Sean Astin as Allyson’s husband; Andrea Logan White as Allyson’s comrade in arms and BFF Izzy, who is married to Robert Amaya; and third mom out Patricia Heaton, as Sondra the wife of the pastor (Alex Kendrick); add a dozen or so kids, a bird, a police department, a tattoo artist, a lost baby, and Trace Adkins as a helpful (albeit scary) biker dude, and you have a concoction for chaos. Speaking of Trace Adkins: his is one of the most unlikely characters in one of the most unusual settings to have a gospel moment you can imagine in a film, and nothing could work better or more authentically than it does in “Mom’s Night Out.” Bravo.

“Moms’ Night Out” is an endearing true-to-life family comedy that celebrates the beautiful mess called parenting. Take a night off and have a night out with “Moms’ Night Out.” You’ll be glad you did.





For a great interview between Patricia Heaton and Sonoma Christian Home TV’s Erica Galindo, check out:



  1. What would you rate the film, on a scale from 1 to 10?

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