Directors Andrew and Jon Erwin took the time to gush on wives and mothers everywhere Tuesday night at the “Mom’s Night Out” premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatre.
“Life’s a mess, but it’s a beautiful mess and you’re loved just for who you are, you’re beautiful just for who you are, and that’s the message of the movie,” said Jon.
Andrew says the movie will be a breath of fresh air.
“For me, I have to believe a story before I can tell it, and when I read it, there was just an unexpected heart and depth,” he said.
The TriStar Pictures film follows Sarah Drew, Patricia Heaton and Andrea Logan White as mothers who have almost reached the point of insanity from the amount of stress they are under. The three embark on a mom’s night out, while their husbands watch their children and the evening takes the turn for the worst.
“Moms are consistently doing things for everybody else,” said Jon. “I wanted to make a movie that was a comedy and, yet, make my wife, and everybody like her say, ‘Someone gets me.’”
Andrew added, “Being a mom, especially in this social media generation, they’re always having to compare—its’ exhausting. Just for them to feel a pat on the back and say ‘Hey, what you do is important,’ we need to celebrate that.”
The Erwin brothers have been working together since they were young teenagers, which mean they argue a lot on set. But, the two did agree on letting the actors loose when it came to adlibbing.
“I have so much of my personal life that is invested in this story that it was very easy to have fun with it,” said Sean Astin. “A lot of the times you’re not allowed to do that, so the fact that the Erwin brothers let me just be silly and Sarah thought it was funny, it made the time in Alabama go fast.”
Drew, a mother herself, saracastically said, “Tantrums have begun, so that’s exciting.”
“I felt like I had arrived as a mother when my whole family got sick with the stomach flu, all three of us at the same time. I would have never thought I could have handled that,” she said. “But you just do, you just have to do these things as a mom.”
Heaton, White, Jordin Sparks, Abbie Cobb, Harry Shum Jr., Robert Amaya and Trace Adkins also attended the premiere.
“Mom’s Night Out” opens on May 9, Mother’s Day weekend.