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Fun Mom Dinner (2017)

R | | Comedy | 4 August 2017 (USA)
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Four moms whose only common ground is their kids' preschool class, decide to get together for a harmless "fun mom dinner."

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Alethea Jones

Writer:

Julie Rudd
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rob Huebel ... Andrew
Caleb Paddock ... Harry
Matthew Paddock ... Henry
Toni Collette ... Kate
Cooper J. Friedman ... Sam (as Cooper Friedman)
Owen Vaccaro ... Lucas
Molly Shannon ... Jamie
Bridget Everett ... Melanie
Poppy Gagnon ... Amelia
Katie Aselton ... Emily
Jessica Chaffin ... Jen
Molly McNearney ... Enthusiastic Mom
Claudia O'Doherty ... Teacher Sherry
Willa Miel Pogue ... Lexie (as Willa Pogue)
Jessie Ennis ... Francesca
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Four moms whose only common ground is their kids' preschool class, decide to get together for a harmless "fun mom dinner."

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Taglines:

Every Mom Deserves a Time Out See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, crude sexual material, and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anyák elszabadulva See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$332,886
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Costars Adam Scott and Toni Collette previously costarred together in the 2015 Christmas-horror flick "Krampus" See more »

Goofs

When Melanie and Kate jump into the water, Melanie's clothes are soaking wet. By the time she and Kate return to the surface, her clothes are dry. See more »

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References Mad Men (2007) See more »

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Okay if you lower your bar enough
15 January 2018 | by JrnlofEddieDeezenStudiesSee all my reviews

I went into this expecting it to be a "Hell in a handbasket" film--those have intentionally simple set-ups, with usually (darkly) comedic plots propelled by events gradually spiraling more and more out of control until characters have a complete disaster on their hands.

That's not what this is, though. This is more of a quaint, somewhat chick-flicky buddy film. They seemed to be shooting for a middle-age-yuppie-parents-oriented John Hughes style flick, a la the Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, 16 Candles, etc. It doesn't take much imagination to realize this. Characters regularly reference 16 Candles.

I found a few scenes laugh-out-loud funny, but that's not necessarily what they were shooting for here anyway. They're just as often trying to be poignant or simply "cute"--the latter most consistently hitting its target.

Unfortunately, overall, Fun Mom Dinner winds up falling a bit flat, unable to sustain or even build any significant momentum. It too often displays the relative laziness of its title. It's a short film, but some scenes drag--the marijuana dispensary bit is one of the worst offenders.

I wouldn't say it's not worth watching, but lower your expectations--bury the bar in the ground after all. If you approach it as a sketchy, cute dramedy, though one with a character or two who can be on the annoying side as often as not, it has some assets.


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