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Moms' Night Out: Family friendly and funny beyond expectation

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Normally I don't use this column to talk about movies that haven't been released on DVD yet. There is one, however, that I'm eagerly anticipating adding to my DVD collection. The family friendly comedy “Moms' Night Out” is just winding up a successful theatrical run and I hope that Sony doesn't waste any time getting this under-rated pic into the home media market.

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The movie was made by Affirm Films, a division of Sony Pictures. Affirm has brought some really good, family friendly films to us over the past few year. I've reviewed some of them here, including Soul Surfer, The Grace Card and Fireproof. There are other offerings from the studio in my collection.

I got the opportunity to see this film as a pre-release screening sponsored by Christ Centered LifeStore. To be honest, I didn't have high expectations. I figured the movie would have an amusing moment or two, would make me snicker once or twice and then I'd forget about it before I got to my car. I took (read that dragged) my 13 year old son with me and his expectations were lower than mine.

The movie is a simple enough tale of 3 mothers. Allyson (Grey's Anatomy star Sarah Drew) is a stay at home mom of 3, Sondra (Everybody Loves Raymond star Patricia Heaton) is the pastor's wife and Izzy (Andrea Logan White, a veteran of numerous Christian films) is Allyson's friend. The 3 women plan a night out without kids. Sounds simple right? Of course things don't go quite the way they were planned for the ladies, or for the husbands who are watching the kids. In the end, relationships are strengthened, friendships are made stronger and the women learn about themselves.

I'm not going to give you a lot of plot details. The movie has tasers, Trace Adkins, a car chase, a missing baby, a tattoo shop and a hysterical misunderstanding with the police. This movie funny. Not giggle or smile and shake your shoulders a little. It was laugh out loud (and often) funny. The movie far exceeded our expectations. It was a good time that didn't leave awkward questions or things that needed explaining.

Other familiar faces in the movie include Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings), Alex Kendrick (Courageous), Robert Amaya (Courageous) and Kevin Downes (Courageous).

This is quality entertainment that the whole family can enjoy together. There is no objectionable language or sex. There is minor violence in the form of a punch in the nose and a head butt (both delivered in a funny scene). Look for a Southwest Florida tie in when Allyson and others find themselves habitually watching the famous Southwest Florida Eagle Cam in North Ft. Myers.

How much did I like it? Well, I saw it for free, but as I watched it, I thought of someone that Allyson reminded me of, a stay at home mom with a 3 year old boy and a 1 year old girl. I bought her a ticket to see it when it came out and I talked it up to many friends. My friend loved it and can't wait to get it on DVD. I'm with her on that. This movie will be in my home collection as soon as it comes out on DVD.

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