It’s not often that a person can say they went to Hollywood and came away with their faith uplifted, but that’s exactly what happened during the premiere of “Moms’ Night Out.” The movie, which opens in theaters May 9, is described by the directors as a Valentine to their wives, and is a fun and funny celebration of marriage and motherhood. The film stars Sarah Drew (Grey’s Anatomy), Sean Astin (“Lord of the Rings, “The Goonies”), Patricia Heaton (The Middle, Everybody Loves Raymond), Country Star Trace Adkins, Abbie Cobb (Suburgatory), and more!
The cast is a who’s who of Christian Hollywood! A few examples: Patricia Heaton, a Catholic, is one of the most pro-life voices in Hollywood; Andrea Logan, who plays one of the Moms, and who brought the concept of the film to the producer, had a difficult childhood and was hitting bottom when she cried out to God and He (of course!) heard her (she gladly shares her beautiful testimony); Abbie Cobb, another of the Moms, wrote a book on how to keep your faith in Hollywood; Sarah Drew, a pastor’s daughter, is openly Christian – and the list goes on.
But the biggest Christian influences on the movie were Producer Kevin Downes, who made the decision to bring the film to life and who has a small role in the film; and Directors Jon and Andrew Erwin. The Birmingham, Ala.-based brothers, who said they were blessed to get their first choice of actors for every role, have been involved in writing and/or directing several big Christian movies in the last several years including “October Baby,” “Courageous,” and “Fireproof.” The brothers, who are big fans of EWTN, openly admit that they are trying to change the conversation in Hollywood.
This is a big film that will be of interest to a wide audience even though the husbands in this film actually support their wives and the film openly supports marriage and fidelity.
You’ll want to see this movie because it’s funny and fun – and, oh yeah, you’ll be thrilled to support the values it espouses! When Sarah Drew’s character tells her husband she always wanted to be a wife and mother so she can’t understand why she’s not happy, he doesn’t run off and have an affair and the marriage doesn’t fall apart. Instead, he encourages her to take some time for herself beginning with a Moms’ night out with her friends. One Mom who saw the film actually got tears in her eyes when talking about how well the film captures her own struggles as a mother.
You’ll love seeing Patricia Heaton, who plays a pastor’s wife, get accidentally zapped by a cop with a stun gun and “outed” for attending Woodstock in her youth; the “guy at the desk” in a tattoo parlor making eyes at one of the wives, and getting slapped down; Trace Adkins, who plays a biker, delivering some of the wisest lines in the film, and so much more.
Don’t miss this film! See it on Mother’s Day weekend, when it will make the biggest difference with the Hollywood crowd!
Next blog: What it’s like to attend the premiere of a Hollywood movie – and to interview its stars!