Mom’s Night Out vs. Date Night

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Date Night (2010 PG-13) and Moms’ Night Out (2014 PG) are two comedies with similar themes.  Family members take a break from their normal routine to enjoy a night out, and instead encounter disastrous yet funny situations.

The movies are the same in other ways:

Over-the-Top Characterizations.  The audience is supposed to identify with parts of these extreme characterizations and find them funny.  Or, unintentionally, just get really annoyed.

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Moms’ Night Out stay-at-home mom Sarah Drew is frazzled beyond reason. Pastor’s wife Patricia Heaton maintains the perfect image above all else.

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Moms’ Night Out dads Kevin Downes and Sean Astin are clueless about how to care for their own children.

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Date Night dad Steve Carell is more interested in the babysitter than his wife.

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Date Night’s wife Tina Fey is completely oblivious to the need for romance in a marriage.

Crazy Car Chases.  I suppose since these can be considered Chick-Flix, the car chases are thrown in to appeal to the men in the audience.

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In Moms’ Night Out, cabbie David Hunt races moms Logan White, Patricia Heaton, Abbie Cobb, and Sarah Drew in search of a missing baby. Police cars, bikers, and minivans join in the chase.

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Date Night’s couple are mistaken for gangsters, and undercover cop Common gets involved. Cars are crashed.

Bonding Over Music.  Audiences like a good dance scene.

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Tina Fey and Steve Carell have to do a sexy dance for the gangster boss. Yucky scene.

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The moms dance at the bowling alley after biker Trace Adkins has helped them find the baby.

Funny Smaller Roles.  Both movies have hilarious scenes with snobby restaurant hostesses.

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Anjelah Johnson-Reyes in Moms’ Night Out.

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Olivia Munn in Date Night.

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The Tattoo Desk Guy (Manwell Reyes) in Moms’ Night Out is great.

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Mark Wahlberg plays his private security role well.

Dumb Smaller Roles.  Both movies have them.

Moral of the Story:  Show Appreciation for the People in Your Life.  Good advice for us all!

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And the Winner is…..  Moms’ Night Out!  Date Night has too many icky parts played for comedy.  If I wouldn’t feel comfortable watching the movie with my teenage daughters, I shouldn’t be watching it at all.

 

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