Fun Mom Dinner

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Fun Mom Dinner
Fun Mom Dinner.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAlethea Jones
Written byJulie Yaeger Rudd
Produced by
  • Andrew Duncan
  • Alex Saks
  • Naomi Scott
CinematographySean McElwee
Edited byJonathan Corn
Music byJulian Wass
Distributed byMomentum Pictures
Release date
  • January 27, 2017 (2017-01-27) (Sundance)
  • August 4, 2017 (2017-08-04) (United States)
Running time
82 minutes
CountryUnited States

Fun Mom Dinner is a 2017 American comedy film directed by Alethea Jones, from a screenplay by Julie Rudd. It stars Katie Aselton, Toni Collette, Bridget Everett, Molly Shannon, Adam Scott, and Adam Levine.

The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2017. It was released on August 4, 2017 by Momentum Pictures.


When four moms come together for a "fun mom dinner", the night takes an unexpected turn.



On June 22, 2016, it was reported that Alethea Jones would direct Fun Mom Dinner from a script by Julie Yaeger Rudd, featuring a cast including Toni Collette, Molly Shannon, Bridget Everett, and Adam Scott. Filming began that day in Los Angeles.[1][2] Julian Wass composed the film's score.[3]


The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2017.[4][5][6] Prior to Sundance, Momentum Pictures and Netflix acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film.[7] It was released in a limited release and through video on demand on August 4, 2017.[8] It was released through Netflix on December 31, 2017.[9]


Critical response[edit]

Fun Mom Dinner received generally negative reviews from critics. On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a 33% approval rating, based on 27 reviews, with an average rating of 4.45/10.[10] Metacritic gives the film a weighted average score of 46 out of 100, based on 12 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[11]

Reviewing the film for The New York Times, Nicole Herrington called it a "thin script" but praised the chemistry along the leads, and Everett's performance.[12] Christy Lemire reviewing for Roger Ebert's website gave the film one-and-a-half stars on the basis that the film "makes the repeated mistake of banging us over the head with its running gags and needlessly spelling everything out, making the movie feel longer than its 81 minutes," and summarizing that "These are indeed moms, and they do have dinner, but the “fun” part is in short supply."[13] The A.V. Club gave the film a "C" grade calling the film uninspired, and "undeniably disappointing when a movie called Fun Mom Dinner isn’t, well, much fun."[14]


Year Award Category Nominee Result
Guild of Music Supervisors Awards Best Music Supervision for Films Budgeted Under $5 Million
Howard Paar
Yoga Awards You Too Award
Alethea Jones


  1. ^ McNary, Dave (June 22, 2016). "Toni Collette, Molly Shannon to Star in 'Fun Mom Dinner' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved July 16, 2016.
  2. ^ Wright, Megh (June 22, 2016). "Molly Shannon, Bridget Everett, Toni Collette, and More to Star in 'Fun Mom Dinner'". Vulture Comedy. New York Media. Retrieved July 16, 2016.
  3. ^ filmmusicreporter (November 9, 2016). "Julian Wass to Score 'Fun Mom Dinner'". Film Music Reporter. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  4. ^ Patten, Dominic (December 5, 2016). "Sundance 2017: Robert Redford, New Rashida Jones Netflix Series, 'Rebel In The Rye' & More On Premiere, Docu, Midnight & Kids Slates". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved December 5, 2016.
  5. ^ "Fun Mom Dinner". Sundance Film Festival. The Sundance Institute. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  6. ^ "2017 Sundance Film Festival: Printable Film Guide" (PDF). Sundance Film Festival. The Sundance Institute. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  7. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (January 19, 2017). "'Fun Mom Dinner' Racks Up Near $5M In WW Deals As Momentum, Netflix Buy Sundance Film". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
  8. ^ Boone, John (June 19, 2017). "EXCLUSIVE: Meet the Moms of 'Fun Mom Dinner' -- and Check Out the Movie's Poster!". Entertainment Tonight. CBS Television Distribution. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  9. ^ Lapin, Andrew (November 30, 2017). "What's New on Netflix: December 2017". Vulture. New York Media. Retrieved April 29, 2018.
  10. ^ "Fun Mom Dinner (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved November 14, 2019.
  11. ^ "Fun Mom Dinner Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  12. ^ Herrington, Nicole (August 3, 2017). "Review: 'Fun Mom Dinner' Means a Night Out Without the Kids". The New York Times. Retrieved August 5, 2017.
  13. ^ Lemire, Christy (August 4, 2017). "Fun Mom Dinner Movie Review & Film Summary". Ebert Digital LLC. Retrieved August 5, 2017.
  14. ^ Rife, Katie (August 3, 2017). "Moms run mild in the bloodless Fun Mom Dinner". The A.V. Club. The Onion. Retrieved August 5, 2017.

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