By Sandra Kraisirideja
“Moms’ Night Out” is a faith-based comedy about everything that can and does go wrong during a much-needed night out for three moms.
As the movie begins we are introduced to Allyson, played by Sarah Drew of “Grey’s Anatomy,” a loving mother of three who is having a hard time keeping up with the demands of parenthood. In short order we meet her best friend Izzy, played by Logan White, and the pastor’s wife, played by Patricia Heaton of “Everybody Loves Raymond,” who Allyson looks to for inspiration.
Their moms’ night out gets off to a bad start when the restaurant they’ve chosen has the wrong date for their reservation. Then Allyson’s sister-in-law, Bridget, played by Abbie Cobb of “Suburgatory,” discovers her baby’s daddy has left their child at a tattoo parlor and the night turns into a search and rescue for the baby.
Trace Adkins plays a tattoo artist with a tender heart who helps the girls in their search and Sean Astin plays Allyson’s loving and supportive husband.
The movie, rated PG, refrains from any violence and foul language. Directed by brothers Andrew and Jon Erwin, who specialize in faith-based films, it’s the kind of movie that’s great for mixed age groups since it’s not offensive in any way. The script was written by Jon Erwin and Andrea Gyertson Nasfell, who has written several faith-based scripts.
For the uninitiated, a faith-based movie puts religion, faith and belief in God front and center. Usually in movies, religion is used as a plot device or for narrative effect. In a faith-based movie, a character’s belief in God is just who they are and there isn’t anything strange about it.
If you’ve never seen a faith-based movie it can be a little jarring to hear characters speak about their beliefs without irony or dramatic effect.
The thing about “Moms’ Night Out” is that it could as easily been an R-rated comedy with different actresses but this doesn’t mean the movie would have been any better.
It’s not a terrible movie, but it lacks any real conflict and the humor is fairly predictable. Surprisingly there are two actors in bit parts who create very memorable characters with the short amount of time they have on screen. Anjelah Johnson-Reyes, billed as Hostess and Manwell Reyes, credited as Tattoo Desk Guy are both very funny.