New DVD Releases: Date Night And Diary Of A Wimpy Kid (Win Them Both)

CONTESTS, REVIEWS & CONTESTS | | September 19, 2010 at 8:10 pm


Congratulations Deborah!

Date Night could have possibly be taken straight out of a page in my life. Almost. I mean the part before all the mayhem happens. Recently I was at a media event to explore the new Honda Odyssey and they finished up the event at a spa (I know, I lead a tough life). As we all sat in the relaxing waiting area – listening out for our name, a name was called and no-one responded. After a few times of no response I jokingly suggested I could be that person or anyone if I could get their spa treatment. A friend reminded me of Date Night and the consequences.

For those who have not seen Date Night – a couple just looking to have their regular (boring) date night decide to kick things up a notch and head to the city (NYC) for dinner. Only issue is Steve Carell decides to treat his wife to a fancy smancy restaurant. Any smart person would know that the hot new restaurants in NYC always are booked solid but in attempt to impress the lovely Tina Fey they decide to just turn up. While waiting a name is called for an open table and Steve pretends it is his just to get the table. Only thing is there are people after the actual couple whose name the restaurant RSVP was. And so begins an adventure that would spice up any couple’s life.

The first time I had heard about Diary Of A Wimpy Kid (the book) was a year ago while on the way to BlogHer in Chicago I was about to meet some friends. Wanting to take something for their kids I stopped at a bookstore. The younger kid was easy since he was around the age of my daughter, but the older kid who was then 11 years old was out of my realm of guessing. Who knew what kids that age are into except those kids and their parents? So I asked the bookstore and he pointed me to The Diary Of A Wimpy Kid – confident that  it would be a winner.

He was so not wrong. Throughout the coffee and the adults chatting the entire book was read. Ironically a year later his family moved to Boston so while I was reviewing it I got him to take a view of the screener. The movie rotates around a boy in middle school and diary like, tracking the day to day life – shedding light on what happens on the student’s life. Although to some it may seem mundane I do believe those (like me) who have no idea what middle school life brings (hey I just started getting used to Kindergarten life) will find it refreshing at points and startling at others.

As a parent I would have loved longer sneak peeks at the parents a little more (maybe get tips for my future for handling kids that age) I guess the movie is Diary Of A Wimpy Kid and not Diary Of the concerned parents – so the focus was pretty apt. On asking the kiddo what he thought he shrugged his shoulders and wondered what the fuss was about, saying it was ok – me thinks it is hard to pull out any stronger words than that from him – so I had to ask specific questions. After a little prodding he confessed not liking a new character introduced – which he bitingly listed as “some girl”. The fact that he enjoyed the movie with his dad tells me it really is a family movie.

Want to win a combo pack of both DVDs – Date Night and Diary Of A Wimpy Kid?

To win tell me what is your favorite restaurant? Contest closes 26th September 2010 . To earn extra entries, after you have left a comment, do one of the following, but make sure you leave a separate comment entry for each extra thing you do. This gives you additional ways to win the contest.

  • Subscribe to Mommy Niri (and verify the subscription to be valid) and leave a separate comment that you did. Already a subscriber (thank you) then leave a comment stating you are
  • Retweet (use the green retweet button, on top  of the post, for easy access)
  • Fans of the Mommy Niri Facebook Page get an additional entry. If you are already a part of it leave a comment below.

Disclosure: I received screeners for both these movies!


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    Amber G says:

    Spiaggia is my favorite restaurant – it’s a great Italian restaurant in Chicago!

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    Amber G says:

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    I retweeted the giveaway – my Twitter ID is @AmberGoo –

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    Adrienne gordon says:

    A place called Blue Canyon.

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    Linda White says:

    TaMolly’s is my favorite!

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    Velvet Hubler says:

    Our favorite Restaurant is Outback Steakhouse

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    DeeAnn S says:

    My favorite restaurant has got to be Red Lobster! Thanks.

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    Archana says:

    My favorite restaurant is Brio Italian Bistro. I love their Tiramisu!

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    Natalia D says:

    I like Ruth’s Cris Steakhouse.

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    Isabelle says:

    Red Lobster too.

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    Mari says:

    My favorite restaurant is the Pink Taco in Las Vegas.

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    Chris R says:

    Wildfire is our favorite. Great food!

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    Tracie Trump says:

    I love the Olive Garden!

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    Deana Lawing says:

    Nagoya Japanese is my favorite restaurant

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    Jenn S. says:

    Mi Tiera’s in San Antonio is my favorite restaurant. Great Mexican food and atmosphere.

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    My favorite restaurants are IHOP and Friendly’s.

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    Danielle says:

    Cracker Barrel

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    Kristi Blackstone says:

    My favorite restaurant is Texas Roadhouse!!!

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    Clarissa says:

    oh how i do love macaroni grill!

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    Tari L. says:

    My favorite restaurant is a local Tavern.

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    Barry says:

    I love a restaurant called The Greyhound Bar & grill. They have wonderful chicken dinners.

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    Nicole C. says:

    IHOP is my favorite restaurant.

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    Sue says:

    I love Home Slice. A local place with the BEST pizza.

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    Monique Rizzo says:

    Olive Garden is mine.
    Thanks for the chance!!

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    Jennifer B says:

    I don’t know if you have one by you but I LOVE Uno’s pizza and also Qdobas

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    Elsa says:

    my favorite restaurant is Il Pescatore in Orlando, FL

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    Jacob LaFountaine says:

    Godfathers pizza. My go to food when I want to relax

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    Maria says:

    My favorite restaurant is Izzy’s Steakhouse

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    Shannon A says:

    Mine is outback steakhouse

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    joanne says:

    my favorite is Murrays steakhouse in downtown Minneapolis

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    Kristi C says:

    My favorite restaurant is The Melting Pot.

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    John S. says:

    Favorite restaurant is a Thai restaurant in the Bay area named Pleurn’s. Thanks for the chance.

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    angela m says:

    my favorite restaurant is boston pizza

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    Deborah Wellenstein says:

    I love Bone Fish Grill. Thanks!

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    loni says:

    I love Pasquals…it is a Mexcian resturant here.

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    andrew b says:

    olive garden

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    angie says:

    My favorite is Olive Garden.

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    Daniel M says:

    maria’s, a local italian place

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    Vickie Couturier says:

    We have a Chinese Rest. that we love called Asian Garden,nothing compares to their food,its great,been going there for years


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    Jim W. says:

    We have a semi casual restaurant I like: The Packing House

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    Tesa S. says:

    My fave is Pancho’s, but we don’t have one close anymore. tesashel225 (@) aol (.com)

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    Brett says:

    Love, love, love Maggiano’s. I know its chain, but the atmosphere and food is always excellent.

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    Jillian says:

    I love La Tolteca – best mexican food!

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    Kris T. says:

    Cafe Hollander — funky European atmosphere and delicious food. Thanks for the chance to win the DVDs!

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    Cristi says:

    Olive Garden.

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    Mia J. says:

    My favorite restaurant is Pasta Primavera.

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    rebecca says:

    Right now it’s Red Lobster.

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    Anne Marie says:

    Probably the Grist Mill cafe in North Jersey

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    Tim says:

    My favorite restaurant is Roy’s in Waikoloa.

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    I love TIJUANA FLATS ( here in Orlando

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    Rebecca Peters says:

    I love Outback!

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    Kerry says:

    We really like Bennigan’s Restaurant.

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    Mary Ward says:

    We have a french restaurant close by named Rue de Main. Love it!

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    Ellie W says:

    My favorite is Texas Roadhouse.

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    shawna says:

    My fav restaurant is the Turtle Club in Fox, Alaska.

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    Annette E says:

    It’s a toss up between Japanese food at Kabuki or Mexican food at Abuelo’s.

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    Melissa B. says:

    Olive Garden is my favorite restaurant.

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    We love Maggiano’s.

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    Diane Baum says:

    Matter of Taste in Michigan is my very favorite, it is located on a lake.

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    Pam says:

    My favorite restaurant is Chili’s.

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    Jill Myrick says:

    My favorite restaurant is Ruby Tuesdays.


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    Pauline M says:

    With my kids, we love pasta and comfort food, so we love to visit Olive Garden every chance we get!

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    Ericka T says:

    I love Sam Diego’s in Hyannis, MA.

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    My favorite restaurant is Outback Steakhouse
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    Susan C says:

    I love the Zigzag Inn in Zigzag Oregon-they make the best pizza ever!
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    tallcapp says:

    My favorite restaurant is Bazaar in Los Angeles.

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    Kathleen S. says:

    My fave is Claim Jumper. Thanks!

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    I love Cracker Barrel :)

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    Hazel says:

    my favorite restaurant is called Kopper Kettle located in Arkansas


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    Gabrielle says:

    My favorite is Outback Steakhouse but we never get to go! lol

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    Shirley Y says:

    Tina Fey is one of my favorites–so talented. Favorite restaurant is Cheesecake Factory

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    Tracey Byram says:

    I love Golden Corral.

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    Lesley says:

    We look for family friendly restaurants, so Friendly’s or the 99 Restaurant are our favorites.

    Thanks for the giveaway. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid books are what my son picked out to read when he had his tonsils out this spring.

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    Amy Delong says:

    my favorite is outback

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    Jodi says:

    I love AppleBees.


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    Justine says:

    My fave restaurant is Red Robin! I prefer a fun place with good food myself :D

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    Justine says:

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    Erica C. says:

    My favorite restaurant is G&M’s in Maryland.

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    Becky S. says:

    I’m actually fond of Outback Steakhouse.
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    susitravl says:

    We love Garcia’s – a local Mexican place.


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    Susan Smith says:

    I love Olive Garden

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    Ed Nemmers says:

    Noodles and Company!

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    Tiffany says:

    My favorite restaurant is Carrabba’s!

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    meme says:

    My favorite restaurnat is The Golden Corral

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    Jay F. says:

    The family’s favorite restaraunt is currently Noodles and Company.

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    Nikki Davis says:

    I have two: J. Alexander’s and Olive Garden…Yummy!!

    Thank you for the entry,

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    Nikki Davis says:

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    CATHARINE R says:

    Banderas in Sacramento

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    Pamela S says:

    We like Longhorn Steakhouse. It’s casual enough for families but has great meals. Thanks.

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    kathy pease says:

    my favorite is the china buffet :)

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    lisa says:

    I hate cooking so I really love eating out anywhere but my faves are red lobster and olive garden

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    Sand says:

    We frequent primarily local restaurants but the chain we like is Pei Wei.

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    Veronica Garrett says:

    My favorite restaurant is Corky’s BBQ.

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    Angela Brittain says:

    My favorite restaurant is Chevy’s

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    Tia says:

    My favorite is Power Wok, a local Chinese buffet and T-Bones.

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