Actress Stacey Dash has come to the defense of “Moms’ Night Out,” the feel-good movie that has jaded critics feeling bad. Variety’s Justin Chang calls the film “basically a shrill feature-length sitcom for the faith-based family-values crowd, if nowhere near as good as that sounds.”
The Globe and Mail’s Kate Taylor piled on as well:
Mainly, you have to wonder why [main character] Allyson doesn’t just hire a nanny, find a job and get out of the house. Ah, but this is a Christian movie, and once it stops pelting an audience with comic incident, it begins preaching. Through the crazy night, Allyson comes to see that she should just relax and enjoy motherhood. “I am right where I need to be and God has given me everything I need to be a mom,” she concludes after a little sermon from a heavily tattooed biker who tells her Jesus loves her as she is.
In other words, Allyson will be just fine if she sticks to her conventional role.
For her part, “Moms’ Night Out” star and executive producer Patricia Heaton tweeted a short Mother’s Day film that only someone as bitter as a movie critic could dislike.