It's a typical Monday morning. You're trying to make breakfast while getting everyone up and dressed, but despite your best efforts, the kids are running late for school—again. Meanwhile, the house is a mess, the dog needs to be walked and you have mountains of laundry to do. In short, you're feeling pretty overwhelmed.

If you can relate to this scenario at all, you might just be a mom. This month, moms everywhere are celebrated on Mother's Day and in Moms' Night Out, a new film starring Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond, The Middle).

Night on the Town
Moms' Night Out follows Allyson (Sarah Drew, Grey's Anatomy), a stressed-out “every-mom” with three young children. In dire need of a break, all Allyson wants is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and conversation—a much-deserved moms' night out. So she rounds up two of her best mom-friends, Sondra (Heaton) and Izzy (Andrea Logan White), for a night on the town—no husbands, no children, no worries. That leaves the husbands in charge of the kids. What could possibly go wrong?

As it turns out, quite a lot—and the results are hilarious. Dressed up and decked out in high heels, the moms arrive at the restaurant only to find out that their reservation has been misplaced. A trip to the hospital, a stolen van and a high-speed chase later, it doesn't seem like the night can get much worse.

Meaning in Chaos
All of this makes for great comedy and Heaton—one of TV's best-known and most-loved moms—frequently steals the scene with her performance. The situations the characters find themselves in are a bit wacky at times, but the moms and dads are completely relatable, with solid performances from Drew and Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings), who plays her husband.

While the primary focus of the film is the moms, the dads get their fair due as well. Stumble though they do at times, the dads are never put down. Instead, the film shows them to be supportive partners to the women they love.

Moms' Night Out is a refreshingly clean comedy, but underneath the laughs is a vital message: being a parent may be hard at times, but it's also very important. The film celebrates both moms and dads, affirming them in their best—and worst—moments. Life isn't about being “perfect,” as Sondra tells Allyson. “Life is about finding the meaning and the purpose and the joy in all the chaos.”

Families and Friends

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While underscoring the value of moms and dads, Moms' Night Out is also a celebration of friends. When things go sideways for Allyson and Sean, their friends are right there with them, willingly taking risks to help. That's true friendship. The Bible tells us that “a friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity” (Proverbs 17:17). (Of course, the film also shows that help can come from all kinds of places—from even, say, a tough-looking tattoo artist.)

Parenting isn't easy. From the early years of sleepless nights, diapers and the “terrible twos” to the difficulty of saying goodbye when they leave the nest, there are challenges galore. Yet the joys of raising children are indescribable. As the Bible says, “Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him” (Psalm 127:3 NLT). Now there's a verse to keep in mind the next time the kids play in the toilet!

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