Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Patricia Heaton, Sean Astin to Star in Faith-Based Family Comedy

(L-R) Sarah Drew, Sean Astin, Patricia Heaton, Alex Kendrick, Trace Adkins AFFIRM Films/Provident Films

The 2012 faith-based film hit, “October Baby,” essentially snuck up on Christians and secular audiences alike, with little fanfare. In the end, it surprised everyone with a No.8 box office debut against big-budget competition. That was Andrew and Jon Erwin’s first feature film. Not bad for a pair of rookies. What do these two have planned for an encore? “Moms’ Night Out.”

Faith-based films have been getting better and better and those outside of Christian circles are starting to take notice. “Mom’s Night Out” just might be the biggest mainstream Christian comedy to hit the masses in some time. David White and Pure Flix have been doing such work for awhile now and received some notoriety with last year’s “Pastor White” that aired on the GMC Channel (now known as UP). In fact, his wife, Andrea Logan White, has a role in “Moms” so it’s a small world of Christian filmmaking.

Principle photography wrapped up on “Moms” last month and will be distributed by AFFRIM Films and Provident Films. The family comedy has some big names attached to it as well including Sarah Drew (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Sean Astin (“Lord of the Rings”), Patricia Heaton (“The Middle,” “Everybody Loves Raymond”), country singer Trace Adkins and Alex Kendrick (“Courageous”). The film is being produced by Kevin Downes, who also has a role in the movie.


A recent press release describes “Moms” as a hilarious film “that celebrates real family life—where everything can go wrong and still turn out all right.” In the film, Allyson (Drew) just wants a peaceful, “grown-up” evening out with her friends. In order to do so, the dads will need to babysit. Hijinks ensues involving three frazzled moms, three stressed dads, a motorcycle gang, a tattoo parlor, a confused cabbie and misplaced baby. A story line many will be able to relate to.
 “I feel like everything in the script happened at my home last week,” says Jon Erwin, who co-wrote the film with Andrea Nasfell and co-directed with his brother Andrew. He should know. The Erwin Brothers have four toddlers between them. “It’s a light-hearted look at the joys and challenges moms and dads face today, giving all the time kids need while still finding time for each other.”
 “We grew up watching great family comedies,” said Andrew Erwin. “We felt it was time to bring the genre of clean family comedy back to the big screen, and we brought a powerful comedic cast with us to do it.”

“Mom’s Night Out” spotlights the unfulfilled expectations and serial self-doubts many moms feel. “I’m excited to be a part of the group of women in a comedy that is reality for families everywhere,” says two-time Emmy winner and mom of four, Patricia Heaton. “I’ve had so many people come up to me over the years and say, ‘Your show got us through a very difficult time in our family and raised our spirits.’ I think sometimes in a family the only way to diffuse a tense situation is to make a joke or mock yourself or the situation. At some point you just have to laugh about it. That’s what we hope will happen with “Moms’ Night Out. “(Here’s a little trivia for you, Heaton’s husband, David Hunt, plays a local cabbie in the film.)

No firm date has been set for the release of this film, but more news is bound to bubble up soon. (Originally posted on Examiner.com)

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