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.
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.
Bonding Over Music. Audiences like a good dance scene.
Funny Smaller Roles. Both movies have hilarious scenes with snobby restaurant hostesses.
Dumb Smaller Roles. Both movies have them.
Moral of the Story: Show Appreciation for the People in Your Life. Good advice for us all!
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.