Moms’ Night Out Q&A?
with Sean Astin
Moms’ Night Out is the upcoming comedy starring Sarah Drew (Grey’s Anatomy), Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond) and Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings). Sean took a few moments to share his thoughts on the movie.
Why do you think Moms’ Night Out refreshes the family comedy film category?
SA: It’s authentic. It feels like a normal group of people and then when it gets wacky, it’s fun, but not in an overly heightened way. Except for maybe the car chase. But what can I say? It’s a movie.
SA: Families with mini vans will appreciate what’s going on. Anyone who has more than one child seat will get a kick out of what’s going on. Also, anyone who has to think about what to get their spouse on Mother’s Day or Father’s Day to show how much they appreciate them raising their kids together, they might appreciate this movie. If you have a pulse, you’re going to love this movie.
As a father of three daughters, what aspects of your role as “dad in charge of the kids for a night” ring most true for you?
SA: There is a moment in the life of all dads when a gong goes off and your entire spirit is halted for a moment and you think to yourself… “what am I going to do?” I don’t know how to do my daughter’s ponytail the way she likes so we could end up having a major meltdown. That moment of shock and discovery is BIG.
What did you learn in playing the character of Sean in Moms’ Night Out that might help other young men improve as dads and husbands?
SA: There is a lot of me in the character. The character, Sean, is prepared to take the next step of saying he wants his wife to have a mom’s night out and she really should. He is cool with it. Just that moment of going from the ideal version of helping and doing the right thing to the practical version of helping and doing the right thing is something that this film helped me appreciate.
What’s the best thing about being married with kids?
SA: There’s a feeling you have when you give your kids and wife a hug. When you wake up and see them. When you come home from a trip and see them. Every little thing from bumps and scrapes to their major achievements, it’s all one big beautiful journey that goes by in a blink and the best part about it is knowing it’s there.
If you had to choose a scene in Moms’ Night Out as profoundly representative of real family life, what would it be?
SA: There are a lot of moments. The scene where Sarah Drew’s character realizes she has everything she needs but is not happy—and yes, it’s a partnership and happiness is about two people trying—but sometimes people have to quest within themselves. That’s a potent scene where you realize nothing has to be especially wrong for there to be something a little wrong.
What do you hope moms and dads walk out of the theater thinking after seeing Moms’ Night Out?
SA: It’s important to have a sense of humor. Life is fun and it’s hard and one of the best ways to get through it is to lean on each other.
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