Fun Mom Dinner: A Fun Adventure

(L-R) Toni Collette as Kate, Molly Shannon as Jamie, Katie Aselton as Emily and Bridget Everett as Melanie in the comedy film “FUN MOM DINNER” a Momentum Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Momentum Pictures.

Fun Mom Dinner seems like it might be another version of Bad Moms but it is nowhere near as raunchy.

Directed by Alethea Jones from a screenplay by Julie Rudd, Fun Mom Dinner stars Katie Aselton, Toni Collette, Bridget Everett, Molly Shannon, Adam Scott, Rob Huebel, Adam Levine, and Paul Rust, with a cameo appearance by Paul Rudd.

Given the screenplay was written by Paul Rudd’s wife, Julie, a cameo appearance seemed to be a no-brainer.  David Wain pops in with a cameo as well.  Julie Rudd’s script certainly played a roll in drawing an all-star cast.

“This is my first feature and I couldn’t help but notice how supportive the ensemble and producers were towards me, Jones says.  “The script is always going to be the first thing that informs someone’s involvement with a film and I know that Julie Rudd’s fantastic script is what drew people in.  Naomi Scott, our producer, has an excellent track record with making films and that was a huge factor as well.   But for quite a few cast, it also felt like a very conscious decision to throw their weight behind me as a first time director.  That was incredibly moving.  It’s not lost on me what a risk it can be for actors, producers to work with a first time director.  I absolutely relished working on Fun Mom Dinner and I’m going to feel deeply indebted and grateful to every person that was involved for a very long time.”

Fun Mom Dinner is a about a group of moms who need that night out.  As soon as she hears the idea, Emily (Aselton), a lawyer, is in and brings along her friend, Kate (Collette).  It’s supposed to be just a night to hang out and drink but the moms, which also included Melanie (Everett) and Jamie (Shannon), get more than they expected.

At one point, Emily gets separated from the other moms and they find themselves searching for her at the marina.  Her phone’s there but she’s not.

For a first time feature film from both Jones and Rudd, it’s not a bad first outing.  It’s a fun adventure and not without the crazy hijinks that you’d expect from this riot of a comedy.  With a running time of 81 minutes, this film is ridiculously short!

An official selection of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, Momentum Pictures opens Fun Mom Dinner in select theaters, On Demand, and Digital HD platforms on Friday, August 4, 2017.

The film will open in the following markets on Friday:

NYC Village East
LA Laemmle Monica
Austin Highland 10
Boston AMC Methuen 20
Chicago Charlestown 18
Miami Frank Coral Square 8
Seattle Varsity Theater 3
Phoenix Harkins Arizona Mills
Atlanta AMC Southlake Pavillion 24
Philadelphia AMC Cherry Hill 24


Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.

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