A Beautiful Mess {Moms’ Night Out: A Real Life Look}


Editor’s note: Today we have another installment of our Moms’ Night Out: A Real Life Look series, where our writers share how this movie resonated with them, how it touched them where they are right now, how they found a glimpse of the priorities and beauty they sometimes overlook in the midst of the daily grind. Enjoy!

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Getting to sneak peak and watch Moms’ Night Out, being released Mother’s Day weekend, was a real treat.  But the bigger treat was watching it with my husband.  Date Night at home!

Moms’ Night Out is supposed to be a family comedy about the beautiful chaos of parenting but somewhere in the midst of the laughter; there were times I had tears in my eyes watching the perils of the moms on the screen.

Even though the writers of this movie are men, they somehow captured the way moms are tough on themselves, the way we strive to be a form of mothering perfection for our families that doesn’t really exist, and the way we hide our parenting struggles from our mom friends around us.

I absolutely loved watching this movie with my husband, but I can’t wait to see Moms’ Night Out with my girlfriends at the theater.  We moms need each other.  We need to let down our guard, show that none of us have it all together all the time, and build each other up through faith, fellowship and fun.


There were times last night when my husband turned to me and said this movie was a bit too close to home.  A mom who seems a little crazy stressed and has blow-up moments while forgetting to put mishaps into their proper perspective??  Um.  It’s like they were inside our house. (Only my house doesn’t look like it came out of a Ballard Designs catalog. I loved the décor of the set.)

It’s a really good thing I know how to laugh at myself, because at times it felt like it was me up on that big screen feeling like I was failing at the basics of life and just trying to keep it all together.

And that’s part of what was so beautiful and funny and the same time.  We are all “that mom” sometimes.  We have crazy moments where we lose it and explode and wish we could emulate those women around us who seem to be doing it right.

What was this movie like?  Laughter, tears, a little introspection, and lots of reassurance that we are all a little mixed up crazy and that’s how it’s supposed to be.   Parenting is a tough job, an important job. No mom is the “perfect mom” and even those who look like they have it all together have a bit of paralyzing stress from time to time.

“I’m a Mess.  But I’m a Beautiful Mess.  I’m His Masterpiece, and that’s Enough.”  True and powerful words that sum up the message of Moms’ Night Out.  God made us; He gave us our children and family.  We need to trust that we are doing what He created us to do and just breathe and enjoy.

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Tune in tomorrow for another installment of our Moms’ Night Out: A Real Life Look series!

Copyright 2014, Lisa Jones


About Author

Lisa Henley Jones is a wife, mom, native Texan, and parish communications director. She enjoys reading, walking, going on date nights, and cheering on her kids in their activities. As a social media consultant, Lisa teaches Catholic parishes to engage, inspire, and evangelize on social media. Find her blog at Of Sound Mind & Spirit and her social media course at Parish Social Media.


  1. I loved your take on this, Lisa. It has been really interesting to see how each of us “screeners” came away with a slightly different perspective. I have to say mine pretty closely mirrored yours. Grateful for all of it – even the messes!

    • Lisa – Thanks for catching that mistake for me! I didn’t realize one of the writers was a mom! She definitely managed to capture what so many of us feel on a daily basis. Loved this film and can’t wait to see it in the theater this weekend.

      • Lisa, I only know that because I actually got to meet and interview her! She is the type of mom who could be your best friend, just extremely REAL. I think she helped them to “nail it!”

  2. Your review encouraged me to see the movie to see how it develops one of the themes you mentioned–“the way we hide our parenting struggles from our mom friends around us.” It’s hard to know the balance between sharing with friends and maintaining the privacy of your family. I’ll be interested to see how the movie encourages us to let our guard down. Thanks for the review.

    • I think you’ll find that this is really one of the major themes of the movie. When you see the “Bones” scene, you will be very touched.

    • Letting our guard down is something I’ve struggled with a lot as a mom. I never wanted people to see I didn’t have it all together and I lost valuable years thinking everyone else had it together but I didn’t. Several years ago I found a great mom’s group at my parish who helped me open up and realize that we have to be real about motherhood (but without tearing down our husbands or disclosing private matters). Just to be there for each other and realize you’re not alone. That theme really touched me in watching it. I would love to hear what you think about it after you see it!

  3. Whew! Glad to see that a woman helped write this…I was thinking to myself…how could a group of men get so ‘into’ the secret world???

    Thanks for the discussion of an upcoming movie. I’m glad it was a good show. I wasn’t geared up to see it orginally as I was afraid it was going to be so unrealistic that I would come away feeling like I wasn’t doing it ‘right’. Sounds like it is just the opposite!!

    • Natalie, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. It has a little something of motherhood for all. The writers did manage to capture the “every mom” between the mix of main mom characters and in a funny, but poignant way. Can’t wait till you see it and see what you think!!

  4. This movie is what I call a hot mess. 27 things going on at the same time-not funny, not true to life and an insult to moms everywhere.

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