I saw this movie on DVD from the public library.
This movie is about moms who are stressed to the point of violent acts or suicide, but it’s a comedy. I was nearly stressed out in watching the movie myself because I thought it was going to turn into a horror movie, but I had to continue to watch to see how it came out. All of the moms have issues, not unlike mothers today, and the issues revolved around their husbands and children.
The main mom Allyson (Sarah Drew) swears she can’t do anything right in trying to raise three small children with her husband Dr. Sean (Sean Astin), who can’t understand why there is such a problem. Even with his wife in hysterics almost daily, he can’t understand why. She only came up for air once when her little girl had made crayon drawings on the wall and she decided to put frames around them. I thought she would continue to calm down then, but, no, she fussed out someone at a restaurant, etc., on her night out. I thought she should go to counseling along with her husband and then maybe her husband would really be able to see her side.
Mom Sondra (Patricia Heaton) thinks she has to be perfect at all times in her role as a pastor’s wife (husband Ray played by Alex Kendrick), and be the correctional officer over their one daughter at the rebellious teenage age. I felt most sorry for the pastor’s wife who had to be “on” all the time no matter where she went. Everyone in her husband’s flock, the other moms, her neighborhood, and the world at large used her for their confessor, therapist, etc., and she had no one to confide in, even her busy husband.
Mom Izzy (Andrea Logan White) is actually the calmest of the group of moms but is stressed thinking that she may be pregnant with a third child with her usually hysterical husband (Robert Amaya). Here’s where the roles are reversed. The husband is like Allyson in that he feels he can’t do anything right with his children.
Although the husbands don’t have a clue about the plight of their wives, the voices of reason are the men in the movie, except for Izzy’s husband. Even a male single friend, Kevin (Kevin Downes) was also the voice of reason in his calmness in any situation to which he applied his own solutions.
That tall drink of water, Bones (Trace Atkins), biker/tattoo shop owner, gave Allyson some good advice when the other two mothers were arrested. She finally had a chance to calm down while waiting for the police to release the other two moms. Bones spoke things God must have put on his heart to tell her about not trying to be perfect in her life, but to calm down, etc. The thing is he couldn’t remember what he had told her after the other moms were released.
In spite of the hysterics, the movie is very well made. I enjoyed it once I got de-stressed. It was directed by the Erwin Brothers (Andrew and John), young guys with a lot of energy. Half the actors were producers.
Written by Rosa L. Griffin