It’s a plate full of aim­less­ness

Los Angeles Times - - AT THE MOVIES - — Kim­ber My­ers

While good com­pany might make or break a night out, sadly it can’t save “Fun Mom Din­ner” from be­ing more than just fit­fully funny. This raunchy, fe­male-driven com­edy should be able to rely on the strength of its cast, but even the col­lec­tive tal­ents of Katie Asel­ton, Toni Col­lette, Molly Shan­non and Brid­get Everett aren’t enough to make the movie worth a babysit­ter’s hourly rate.

Emily (Asel­ton) and her long­time friend Kate (Col­lette) join fel­low moth­ers Me­lanie (Everett) and Jamie (Shan­non) for a night out in Los Angeles. They be­gin at a restau­rant, then wan­der the city in search of a good time, fu­eled by wine, weed and a de­sire to let loose from their roles as moth­ers. Mean­while, Emily’s and Kate’s hus­bands (Adam Scott and Rob Huebel) strug­gle to wran­gle their own kids in their wives’ ab­sence.

“Fun Mom Din­ner” means well, with its mes­sages about the stress of try­ing for parental per­fec­tion, forg­ing an iden­tity be­yond moth­er­hood and cre­at­ing fe­male friend­ships. But first­time fea­ture di­rec­tor Alethea Jones and screen­writer Julie Rudd have made a film that me­an­ders as its char­ac­ters do, and its aim­less­ness doesn’t serve th­ese women or the plot well. Whether the prob­lem lies with the script or the edit­ing, the movie leaves out key mo­ments that would serve as con­nec­tive tis­sue, unit­ing th­ese friends and their nar­ra­tive be­yond a string of gig­gle-in­duc­ing line de­liv­er­ies. “Fun Mom Din­ner.” Rat­ing: R, for lan­guage through­out, crude sex­ual ma­te­rial, and drug use. Run­ning time: 1 hour, 21 min­utes. Play­ing: Laemmle Mon­ica Film Center.

Mo­men­tum Pic­tures

MOMS PAR­TY­ING in L.A. are Toni Col­lette, left, Molly Shan­non, Katie Asel­ton and Brid­get Everett.

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