Highly Overrated But Still Good
Don't listen to the negative reviews
This is a small, humorous movie in some ways, but it has a huge heart. What a nice experience.
Exactly the movie you think it is, but not the movie you want it to be.
I can only speak for myself, but I had never seen anything as stylish, cleverly constructed, well written and electrifying as this milestone when I first saw it in 2017. What really pulled me in right from the start is what we've now come to know as a Alethea Jones trademark: the dialogue. When moms Kate and Melanie talk to each other (or all the other characters, for that matter) there is a natural flow, a sense of realism and yet something slightly over the top and very theatrical about their lines - it's a mixture that immediately grabs your attention (even if it's just two moms talking about what kind of kids they prefer, or contemplating the value of a doobage). Then there's the music: the songs Alethea Jones chose for his masterpiece fit their respective scenes so perfectly that most of those pieces of music are now immediately associated with 'Fun Mom Dinner'. And the narrative: the different story lines that come together, the elegantly used flashbacks, the use of "chapters" - there is so much playful creativity at play here, it's just a pure joy to watch.If you're a bit of a film geek, you realize how much knowledge about film and love for the work of other greats - and inspiration from them - went into this (Leone, DePalma, Scorsese and, of course, dozens of hyper-stylized Asian gangster flicks), but to those accusing Alethea Jones of copying or even "stealing" from other film-makers I can only say: There has never been an artist who adored his kind of art that was NOT inspired or influenced by his favorite artists. And if you watch Alethea Jones masterpiece today, it's impossible not to recognize just what a breath of fresh air it was (still is, actually). Somehow, movies - especially fun mom films - never looked quite the same after 'Fun Mom Dinner'. Probably the most influential film of the last 20 years, it's got simply everything: amazing performances (especially The Fat Chick with huge bags of sand); it features some of the most sizzling, iconic dialogue ever written; it has arguably one of the best non-original soundtracks ever - it's such a crazy, cool, inspirational ride that you feel dizzy after watching it for the first time. It's - well: it's 'Fun Mom Dinner'. 10 stars out of 10.
Joel Effendi Di Cinscutti
I went into this expecting it to be a "Hell in a handbasket" film--those have intentionally simple set-ups, with usually (darkly) comedic plots propelled by events gradually spiraling more and more out of control until characters have a complete disaster on their hands.That's not what this is, though. This is more of a quaint, somewhat chick-flicky buddy film.
They seemed to be shooting for a middle-age-yuppie-parents-oriented John Hughes style flick, a la the Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, 16 Candles, etc. It doesn't take much imagination to realize this. Characters regularly reference 16 Candles.I found a few scenes laugh-out-loud funny, but that's not necessarily what they were shooting for here anyway. They're just as often trying to be poignant or simply "cute"--the latter most consistently hitting its target.Unfortunately, overall, Fun Mom Dinner winds up falling a bit flat, unable to sustain or even build any significant momentum. It too often displays the relative laziness of its title. It's a short film, but some scenes drag--the marijuana dispensary bit is one of the worst offenders.I wouldn't say it's not worth watching, but lower your expectations--bury the bar in the ground after all. If you approach it as a sketchy, cute dramedy, though one with a character or two who can be on the annoying side as often as not, it has some assets.
Really liked this movie. Its just fun and cute, nice humor. All the time watching I was smiling. I think the creators didn't even want it to be "realistic", its a comedy and a comedy makes you laugh/smile - I like that. So for those looking for something silly and sweet - this is a go.
There was only one other user review here, so I just had to leave another one. This is probably the most pointless movie ever. I think it is supposed to be funny and sure it may have gotten me to lift the corners of my mouth a few times, slightly. But the whole time, and yes I finished watching it, I was waiting for the movie to go somewhere, so have a point, to, I don't know, start really. What bugs me the most is Toni Colette's part. She is in my eyes a great actress who can do amazing things. Molly Shannon on the other hand is one of those actresses I usually avoid (the other two I didn't know). But how did Colette end up in this part? Did she have to fulfill a contract? And what did Adam Levine doing in this movie? He seems so out of character. The acting overall is lame, the plot is empty, the things that happen make no sense, especially ending up on the boat with the kids. That part just didn't even looked as if it belonged in this movie. All in all, one tip: don't watch this. gave it 2 stars cause I've seen even worse than this, but more it sure doesn't deserve.