Movie night!

MNO_OfficialPoster_HighThat’s right, last night I got to go to a movie.  With my husband!  A real, actual date!  It was awesome!

Our local theater does a membership drive each year, where for $30 you can buy a pass to see movies for free on Monday nights.  If you spend $60, you get to see them on Mondays or Tuesdays.  We opted for the two-night pass, and it’s been wonderful.  The movies at our local theater aren’t overly expensive anyway, but it’s still nice to support local business this way.  Anyway, we went to see Moms’ Night Out, and it was easily the funniest movie I’ve seen in ages.

From IMDb:

All Allyson and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and fun – a long-needed moms’ night out. But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation, and food not served in a bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for a few hours … what could go wrong?

I related to Allyson so well.  The movie begins on Mother’s Day in chaotic fashion.  Having tried to contain two toddlers in church by myself, I felt her pain.  By the time her husband (the always awesome Sean Astin) returns that night from his business trip, she’s hiding in her closet, watching an eagle cam, and binging on chocolate.  When she confided in her husband that she was literally living her dream but wasn’t happy, I could relate – I’ve been there, and I suspect there are a lot of stay-at-home moms who’ve been there, too.  And when their night out started to go down hill and she started to freak out, I’d be lying if I said I’d never considered doing the same.

After all, I’ve gone out on date nights with raging migraines solely because we had a babysitter.

Anyway, the emotion of the movie really resonated with me – I’ve been there before, and I feel like I’m there again some of the time.  I did think the whole part where the dads couldn’t seem to keep the kids in line was a little overdone, but then I know some pretty awesome dads (which is not to say that the dads in the movie weren’t great, because Sean Astin was pretty great, and Kevin Downes’ character was full of surprises, but it seems like in every movie where the dad gets stuck watching the kids, all hell breaks loose every single time, and it would be nice to see something different).  I told Seymour we need to buy it when it comes out on DVD because then, when I’m feeling blue and full of doubt about myself as a parent and as a person, I can rewatch it to remind myself that everything will be okay, whether because of me or despite me, which is something I need to be reminded of every now and then.

Also, Trace Adkins was fabulous.  And stress paralysis is totally a thing. 🙂

After the shambles that my May has been between moving stress and house sale stress and remodeling stress, Moms’ Night Out was just what I needed to see last night.  I highly recommend it and, if you go see it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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11 thoughts on “Movie night!

    • Kay Kauffman says:

      It’s cheaper and more comfortable to stay home and watch them on video, but the local theater only costs a few bucks a person (as opposed to three times that in the nearest city). I haven’t been to a movie in quite a while, though, so it was nice to get out. 🙂

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      • Roger says:

        Over here it costs little to go to the cinema but the GDP of a small country if you buy anything. In fact popcorn and coke for two is easily the same price as the tickets.

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        • Kay Kauffman says:

          Our local theater only used to charge a buck, but they’ve had to raise their prices a bit the last few years. Now it’s $3-4 per peraon (I forget which), but the bigger theaters charge $9-10. Concessions are much cheaper, too – a large popcorn with one refill and two bottles of pop costs $8, whereas in the bigger theaters, which are a good half-hour away, they charge almost $20. Sure, you get a little more pop in your cup, but it’s not worth that much extra money. Plus, our local theater is much closer. Gas savings + admission savings + concession savings = a much cheaper night. 🙂

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          • Kay Kauffman says:

            I rather enjoy going, if only to have a nice night out with another adult sans kids. 🙂

            Of course, it’s also nice taking the older two. More expensive, but still nice.

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          • Roger says:

            It’s just the thought of picking popcorn out of my hair and mopping up all the Fanta from my shirt. and I have to pay for the privilege. Thank goodness my daughter has a boyfriend

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          • Kay Kauffman says:

            Thank goodness I haven’t had to deal with any of that, at least not as a patron, anyway. Although really, I don’t remember dealing with it much as a theater employee, either. The sticky floors, though, they were something else.

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