In this world of self-promotion, self-protection and selfies, it can often be difficult to see ourselves as we should. With the overabundance of visual information, our true value can be obscured in the dark sea of comparison.
After all, the myriad of pictures, posts and commercials often show those who never seem to have a flaw or falter.
That is why I found the movie “Mom’s Night Out” to be so very refreshing. It took a wholesome look at the struggle many of us face in dealing with self-value. A group of friends and I went to see it on Mother’s Day. I knew from the previews I’d seen that it was going to be an enjoyable movie, but found it to be far more entertaining than I expected. As I write I find I am still smiling over the memory of different scenes.
Because of the terrible trend of male bashing in the past few years, I was concerned going into the movie of the possibility of the male characters being portrayed in a negative light. I was pleasantly surprised to see the men given rolls that made them human, and lovable humans. Both the male and female characters had faults and redemptive qualities. I recognized characteristics of people I know in most of them. It was extremely refreshing.
Throughout the movie I found myself relating to different characters. I know the separation and stigma pastors wives can feel as they struggle for balance between being a role model to their congregation, and their need for people to see them as human beings who need friends who accept them as they are.
I know people who are misunderstood because they have a certain “look.” I have been the frazzled mom of three children trying desperately to “hold it all together” while dads away on business. I understood the older mother of the teen who thought she’d grown a second head and was totally unschooled in the realities of teen life.
The writers did a great job bringing humor and depth to the frustration both characters felt as they wrestled to keep doing what mom’s do; love their children, support their husbands and care for those around them.
I loved the variety of personalities presented throughout and the unexpected twists that made the movie entertaining and fun.
I haven’t laughed so much in the movie theater in years.
One of the best scenes was played out between Trace Adkins and Sarah Drew. Trace plays the role of “Bones” the biker from the motorcycle club the “Skulls,” and Sarah was the young mother of three. They were sitting on a bench in the police station because of events that led them there. In the scene, Bones imparts great wisdom as he tells Sarah’s character that she is enough just as she is. It is poignant and true, a truly memorable part of the movie.
I loved this movie! Although the target audience may seem to be women, I feel both men and women can enjoy and find value in this wonderful film that is family friendly. If you haven’t seen it yet, get your tickets now and go. If you have seen it, tell a friend and encourage them to do so.
Amy Torres is a published writer and a spiritual advisor and counselor. She and her husband lead the college ministry at First Baptist Church in Patterson.