The directors of “Moms’ Night Out” report that the movie is being described by liberal critics as “‘anti-feminist,’ ‘borderline dangerous,’ ‘offensive,’ and ‘insulting’ – and reviewer Brian Orndorf condemns the movie as ‘ugly sexism in what’s trying to be a harmless feature ….'”
Check out the report here.
Well, I’ve seen the movie, and I can honestly say that it wasn’t any of the above. It is a film that celebrates family the way that God created and intended it to be. It affirms the importance of mothers in the lives of not only their children but ultimately the world. It underscores the worth of friends and the treasure that they can be to our lives. It validates the feelings of so many of us moms, that what we do day to day is unbelievably hard but worth it many times over. It was, in short, amazing.
I guess it shouldn’t by now, but it always shocks me that people get so uptight about traditional (i.e., biblical) families with traditional (i.e., biblical) values that they resort to such attacks. What, really, are they so threatened about? Why not “live and let live” as we Christians are instructed to do so often when faced with blatant immorality?
I can’t say that I’m surprised at the attacks, because if something is honoring to God, we can expect that the world will hate it. Remember that Jesus told us, “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” (John 15:18-19)
So, we can reason, therefore, that if the world is unhappy about what we’re doing, we must be doing something right! So, thank you, Erwin brothers, for making a professional, hilarious, deeply touching, God-honoring movie that we can get excited about.
If you haven’t seen the movie yet, it is well worth the $8 or $10, and it will send a clear message to Hollywood that there’s a demand for good, clean, family friendly entertainment. We’ve done a good job with that message so far, because Moms’ Night Out opened Mother’s Day weekend at #7, with gross receipts at over $4.3 million. Way to go, moms!
Love this! Can’t wait to see the movie Michelle! 🙂
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You’re going to love it, Brittany!! I showed the trailer to Trevor, and he can’t wait to see it, too. 🙂
That movie was spot-on funny and accurate for our SAHM lifestyle. I totally got and appreciated the jokes and references. But I think, if your daily life is very different, you might not realize that the writers were actually very clever. You wouldn’t have the frame of reference. I read several of the “hater” reviews, and they were definitely not written by the target audience. It is a shame people can’t just live and let live, as you wrote in your article. Oh well, I think the money will talk louder than the critics!
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Great points, Amy. Thank you!