Magazine article Screen International

Mom's Night Out

Magazine article Screen International

Mom's Night Out

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Dirs: Jon Erwin, Andrew Erwin. US. 2014. 99mins

Stressed suburban parents and cutely mischievous kids drive the chaotic goings on in Moms' Night Out, a frenetic but none too original comedy with a vaguely religious theme and a cast of mostly TV names. Probably best suited to home viewing, this latest offering from Sony's inspirational film division Affirm will need a significant promotional push if it is to make a mark theatrically.

Playing out like a squeaky-clean female version of The Hangover.

Sony's TriStar label is giving the film a wide US release on May 9, to tie in with the US celebration of Mother's Day. The maternal marketing angle might bring in a core female audience but laying claim to the faith-based audience - which recently turned Affirm's Heaven Is For Real into a domestic hit - could be harder, given the cast and limited religious content. International prospects appear weak.

Playing out like a squeaky-clean female version of The Hangover, the film turns around Allyson (Sarah Drew from TV soap Grey's Anatomy), a loving but harried young mother who resolves to get away from it all for a night out with friends Sondra (Patricia Heaton, from Everybody Loves Raymond) and Izzy (Andrea Logan White). Plans quickly go awry, of course, and the women end up on the trail of another mother's mislaid baby. Meanwhile, Allyson's husband (Lord Of The Rings' Sean Astin) and the other dads have their own misadventures trying to keep the kids under control.

Sibling writer-directors Jon and Andrew Erwin (whose previous feature was 2011 abortion-themed drama October Baby) give Moms a lively feel and a well-crafted look. …

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