Sarah Fields just wants to know that she is doing a good job in her occupation as a full time homeschool mom to her three young kids. But a lot of the time, she feels like she does not measure up. She’s also a struggling blogger. She looks up to her pastor’s wife, who seems to have everything put together. On a whim, Sarah decides to plan an impulse night out with her pastor’s wife and her best friend Izzy, also a young mother. Sarah’s husband Sean gets on board and agrees to help watch the kids, but none of them are prepared for the crazy night ahead. Together, along with a cast of offbeat characters, they are thrust into an impromptu search for a missing baby and discover along the way that the things they are all looking for are right under their noses.
Production Quality (3 points)
As expected, the Erwin brothers have put together another top-notch production, from camera work to special effects to editing to creative overlays. Several difficult scenes are filmed with professional flair. The camera angles are well done. Special effects and creative overlays are used appropriately. The soundtrack brings the movie to life exquisitely. Finally, the movie is edited to perfection. There are no wasted scenes and no plot holes. To put it plainly, the Erwin brothers continue to set themselves apart in the area of production.
Plot and Storyline Quality (2 points)
The scope of this plot is limited, but the Erwin brothers make the best of it. The comedy is not overdone and is actually quite funny, contrary to most attempted comedy in Christian movies. It is driven by excellent and witty dialogue, which also supports the accessible characters. The thing that makes the comedy truly humorous is the fact the real-life predicaments are shown in hilarious and sometimes satirical lights, such that we could easily see ourselves in these situations. The film contains no real plot twists, but the events are realistic and true to life, as previously mentioned. Besides the limited plot scope, the one error of this section is the overuse of narration throughout. However, it is still a highly enjoyable storyline that provokes the thinking.
Acting Quality (2.5 points)
The Erwin brothers continue to make average actors great. Each character is cast into an appropriate role, as is to be expected. Kevin Downes and Andrea Logan White play perhaps their best roles to date. In a comedy, the acting is the anchor that determines the quality. The excellent acting coaching of the Erwin brothers crew hit another slam dunk.
In short, the Erwin brothers have defied typical Christian movie genres by creating a successful and truly funny comedy, proving that vulgarity and cheesiness are not necessary to produce laughs. October Baby and Mom’s Night Out could not be any more opposite in genre, yet they are both executed wonderfully. Great things can be expected from this crew in the future.
Final Rating: 7.5 out of 10 points
This is one of our 5 favorite movies. Funny, touching and very real (I’m a stay at home dad and can relate to a lot in this movie). The acting is top notch (Astin and Drew have great chemistry in the sense of “normal husband and wife, not fantastical romance). Heaton is hilarious (as is her husband, taxi driver). The whole team works well and Trace Atkins, just going to say steal’s the show. We have shown tbis to a lot of young families and, it’s a good prep course. And it has gotten some great conversations going with non-believing friends. If you are having a rough week, just put this movie in and enjoy.
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