Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG Length: 98 minutes
Age Appropriate For: 12+. Although the film is only rated PG, it’s really more appropriate for teens and their parents, not necessarily younger children, because of its focus on the stresses of marriage and raising children. It’s also a faith-based production, so there isn’t any cursing or explicit sexuality (just one kiss between a married couple); instead, characters spend a night in jail, a police officer uses a Taser on a woman, there’s a discussion of a character’s rebellious past, one character is called a “deadbeat” addict, even though no drugs or drug use are shown, and a couple has a child before marriage.
‘Moms’ Night Out’ is an attempt at ‘Bridesmaids’ from a faith-based point of view. The movie is so derivative, simplistic, and unsubtle in its messages about marriage, parenthood, and Christianity, however, that it feels extremely forced rather than at all relatable.
By Roxana Hadadi
“Moms’ Night Out” is a movie so centered on showing audiences that Christianity can make you a good person, whether you’re a tattooed biker or a seemingly deadbeat father or a middle-aged manchild, that it fails to build anything believable around its message. The plot is straight out of a sitcom. The characters are all one-dimensional. And the film’s repetitive messages about faith clearly define the film, but never in a subtle, relatable way.