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Moms' Night Out | 2014 | PG | - 1.3.2

A stressed-to-the-limit mother plans a night out with two other moms, hoping that it will help her to find a bit of happiness. The night devolves into one frustration after another with a stolen car, a missing baby, a drive across town to a tattoo parlor and a lockup in the local jail. With Sarah Drew, Sean Astin, Patricia Heaton, Trace Adkins, David Hunt, Logan White, Harry Shum Jr., Abbie Cobb, Robert Amaya, Kevin Downes, Alex Kendrick and Sammi Hanratty. Directed by Andrew Erwin & Jon Erwin. [1:38]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A husband and his wife kiss. A wife crawls into the lap of her husband and falls asleep while he holds her. A woman takes a pair of short-shorts away from her teen daughter and refuses to let her wear them.
 A woman looks at several pregnancy tests that confirm that she is pregnant and she seems upset.
 A man tells a woman that she's cute and she says that she is married; he then says, "I love you." A husband tells his wife that she looks beautiful. A teen girl tells her mother that a teen boy is a "total player."
 Women are shown wearing low-cut tops an dresses that reveal bare upper chests and a bit of cleavage in several scenes. A woman wears a tight-fitting, low-cut dress that reveals cleavage, bare shoulders and the outline of her figure.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man comes out of a tattoo parlor holding a gun. A man punches another man in the nose and he grabs his nose (we hear that there was blood everywhere); a woman later bandages the man's nose and we see blood on gauze and a bandage. A man is struck by a taxi and slams onto the windshield before falling to the ground (he moans but we see no blood). A man grabs another man by the shirt and yells at him, then head-butts him (we don't see any injury but the man falls to the floor). A police officer tells a woman in a police station, "I'm will tase you woman," and he then tasers her and she falls to the floor; she later slurs her speech and says that she cannot feel her face.
 A man slams his shoulder into a wall to put it back into place three times and he yells each time (we hear a crunch with the final blow). A woman steps into the street when she is distracted by her phone and is nearly struck by a car.
 A taxi chases a van and a police car chases both of them; they speed through traffic and run a red light (there are no accidents) until the van finally stops and the police officer orders the driver out of the car and on his knees and points a gun at him while several children and another man watch from inside the van. A man on a motorcycle knocks on the window of a van and the driver of the van panics and throws sippy cups out the window. A woman swerves on the road while driving and trying to adjust the radio. We see three women in a jail cell after they have caused a disturbance in a restaurant and then in a police station.
 We hear that a boy got his head stuck in a ride and that he is OK, but has to go to the hospital; we see the boy's father being placed on a stretcher as he says that he dislocated his shoulder and an EMT checks the young boy out. We hear that a young boy has his head stuck in a toilet seat. We hear that a boy is playing in the toilet and we see him with a toy boat in his hand and his hair is wet suggesting that he dunked his head in the toilet water. We see a boy using a magnifying glass to burn something (it is not clear what it is).
 A woman wakes up to her daughter yelling for her; she rushes down stairs to find her three children in the kitchen preparing her breakfast and she panics because of all the germs they could be spreading; she yells at her young son for tasting a concoction and says that she fears he will get salmonella. A woman is booed in a bowling alley when she doesn't dance for the "dance cam."
 A woman imagines what would happen if she left cleaning chemicals out in plain sight for her children to find and we see two men with handcuffs saying that they are there to take her children away. A woman imagines what is happening back at her house with her children and her husband watching them; we see two men wrapped in tape and a third man cowering behind a kitchen counter while two boys play violent video games and a third boy rolls on the floor crying. A woman imagines a man holding a large knife and offering it to several children. A man is described as having a fear of people in costumes (specifically wrestling costumes) and we see him panic and slam his door when costumed people appear at his door for Halloween. A man says that when taking care of a couple of children he put in "'Silence of the Lambs' and they were good for a couple of hours." A man asks, "Should I be happy when my child shoves a fruit roll up into the DVD player?" A woman says that she is "stress paralyzed." A woman is described as having "no filter." A man says, "I hate kids." A woman tells a man to "grow up." A man describes what is the worst that could happen while he is in charge of his twin sons including death and maiming. A woman tells her teen daughter that she was wild when she was young and shows her a tattoo on her back (we do not see skin or the tattoo, but we are told that it is of Donny Osmond).
 A woman becomes very angry at a restaurant when they do not have her reservation and the hostess tells her that she is angry and it is doing something ugly to her face; the angry woman is eventually asked to leave after yelling some more. A man becomes angry at a game shop where he says the reduced value of the tickets he is turning in is extortion. A woman yells at and hits a paper towel dispenser in a public restroom.
 A woman yells at a man for leaving her baby with someone else and she says, "I am gonna kill you." A woman yells at her young daughter. A woman yells at a young married couple in a car next to them at a stop light; we don't hear everything that the woman says, but the newlyweds look terrified. A young girl yells at her mother. A teen girl yells at her mother and says, "You are going to murder my social life." A teen girl yells at her mother and says, "I have preacher's kid stamped on my forehead." A wife yells at her husband about letting their son play violent video games. A wife yells at her husband when he knocks on the bathroom door. A woman tells a restaurant hostess, "I will take the aura in here and murder it." While riding in a taxi that is being driven erratically a woman says, "I'm gonna throw up." A man talks about never having met his father. A woman's voice over says that being locked in a cell wearing a straight-jacket would be comforting. Several women walk in an alley strewn with garbage and one says, "There are germs everywhere," while another says, "Don't touch that, there's hair in it." A woman's text messages are auto-corrected and some read "chicken poodle poop."
 A woman is shown sitting in a clothes closet watching a video on a computer screen and she confesses to having eaten an entire bag of truffles; she seems distraught. A woman falls off her high heels, but corrects herself before falling.
 Two men play video games and we se the characters in the game being shot and falling to the ground. We see the Incredible Hulk breaking through the roof of a car and roaring. A young girl draws with markers on the wall of a house. A young girl applies mascara to her mother's eye and we see it smeared above and below the eye.


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LANGUAGE 2 - 1 scatological term (mild), name-calling (clean freak, psycho, loser, crazy, wild, man child, hellion, crazy lady, dumb, housewives from Ohio, unsavory types, gross), 8 religious exclamations (Thank God, Thank You Jesus, God Loves You, God, Lord, Oh God).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A woman quickly removes empty beer bottles from her table saying that it would be embarrassing as a video camera broadcasts an image of her on many screens in the room, we hear that a woman is a recovering alcoholic, and a man holds a can of something when he answers his door and he appears to be inebriated but it isn't clear. A man says that he "Can't go an hour without a smoke," and a man puts a cigarette in his mouth but doesn't light it.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Blogs, wisdom, parenting, motherhood, fatherhood, stress management, failure, stress, confusion, dreams, disappointment, guilt, distraction, panic attacks.

MESSAGE - Make the best of whatever your situation. Expecting to be happy all the time is unrealistic.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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