That’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.
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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