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Mr. Mom (1983)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 19 August 1983 (USA)
After he's laid off, a husband switches roles with his wife. She returns to the workforce, and he becomes a stay-at-home dad, a job he has no clue how to do.

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Jack and Caroline are a couple making a decent living when Jack suddenly loses his job. They agree that he should stay at home and look after the house while Caroline works. It's just that he's never done it before, and really doesn't have a clue. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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When mom goes to work, dad goes berserk! See more »

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$947,197 (USA) (24 July 1983)

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$64,800,000 (USA)
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Karen Allen, Jane Curtin, Farrah Fawcett, and Sally Field were considered for Caroline Butler. See more »

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When Jack is chasing the vacuum from room to room, his shirt goes back and forth from being dry and tucked to wet and untucked from shot to shot. See more »

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Jack Butler: [Overloading the washer with bedding] When I was in the army, we had to run a pretty tight ship.
Alex: There were no ships in the army!
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Fun for Keaton
9 July 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Mr. Mom (1984)

*** (out of 4)

An auto-engineer (Michael Keaton) gets fired from his job so his wife (Teri Garr) must go out and get a job to support the family. This leaves Keaton at home to take care of the kids and house. This is a film I use to watch countless times when I was little because it seemed it was showing up on HBO at least twice a day. I hadn't watched the movie in at least twenty years before this viewing and it held up well for me even though it's clear that it's certainly not a masterpiece or anything too special. The screenplay by John Hughes is pretty light from start to finish but the majority of the humor works thanks to the performance by Keaton. Keaton comes off very likable and he handles to the change from family man to coach potato very well and he manages several laughs. The best moments are when Keaton becomes obsessed with soap operas, which include a very fun dream sequence. Garr is also good in her role as are Jeffrey Tambor and Martin Mull in their supporting roles. I really can't sit here and type why this film works for me outside of its charm. I'm sure many will find the film too silly to enjoy so perhaps it's something nostalgic for me.


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