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Mr. Mom (1983)


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Jack Butler (Michael Keaton) is a Detroit automobile engineer unjustly fired by his boss. Jack's wife Caroline (Teri Garr) is compelled to get a job to make ends meet, and is soon hired on as an advertising executive in a firm run by the shifty Ron Richardson (Martin Mull). This leaves Jack at home doing the housework and taking care of the kids, which he discovers is a lot more complicated than he ever imagined. Moving from breadwinner to househusband doesn't do much for his self-esteem, and he


Drama, Comedy

May 15, 2001

Vestron Video

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...benefits substantially from Keaton's almost unreasonably charismatic turn as the title character...

March 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

A routine comic plot whipped up into an amenable time-waster by [writer John] Hughes and director Stan Dragoti with maximum efficiency and little imagination.

September 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Classic '80s comedy with some minor hanky panky.

December 31, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Now pretty sexist comedy with Michael Keaton assuming household duties.

March 6, 2008 | Comment (1)

Even with Erma Bombeck-style domestic humor like Mr. Mom's got in spades, Keaton consistently rises above the mawkish material.

April 24, 2006 Full Review Source:

engagingly corny comedy

August 26, 2005
Shadows on the Wall

A real comedy classic....Keaton's great in this

March 10, 2005

Lame, badly made comedy that wastes its star.

February 12, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Sit-com material, ably done, with Keaton's off-kilter delivery a highlight.

August 7, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Mr. Mom

A cute and funny family film with two great comedy actors: Keaton and Garr. I really liked this movie.
January 14, 2011

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(some spoilers) John Hughes certainly helped personify the 1980s as writer and director! Although he didn't direct 'Mr. Mom', he hasn't directed a film in 14 years, which coincides when his writing in the 90s has seen him represent less iconic films and straight-to-video sequels. He wrote Mr. Mom, and although, not as significant or funny as 'The Breakfast Club' or 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off', it still represented a reasonably popular and somewhat iconic film on the gender role in the 1980s.

Michael Keaton plays Jack Butler, hard-working father of three children, who finds himself in a pickle when he and his colleagues are fired from his manufacturing car company. His wife, Caroline (Teri Garr), manages to get a job in advertising, and the roles are reversed so to speak. Nowadays, we might frown upon this being the premise for a comedy, but back in 1983, attitudes were different. Anyway, Jack finds himself learning the ropes of being the stay-at-home dad, while Caroline begins to excel selling tuna as her new boss Ron (Martin Mull from "Roseanne") begins to take more than liking! Jack finds goes from clueless Dad to successful parent, all the while avoiding the affections of a would-be lover, and trying to get his wife to remember the little things she misses while wrapped in work. He learns that pride in himself, and his family values are what's important, and not selling himself short to get a job back. Meanwhile, Caroline gets caught up in her work in more ways than one.

This early 80s comedy is quite funny, even though some stereotypes may not be accepted now. I'm sure most guys know how to shop for groceries without wrecking the store, however "clean up in isle?" was quite funny! And, of course, the whole letting yourself go in the unemployment rut and getting caught up in soap operas was also quite funny. Keaton does well with or without a beard, and Teri Garr was quite funny too. Christopher Lloyd is briefly in this movie, and Jeffrey Tambor is good as the disloyal employer. This is reasonably well directed and is Stan Dragoti's most popular film, but it's the writing and humorous commentary on social changes and gender roles that makes this film a winner, particular because John Hughes had a gift for writing good scripts in the 80s (I have no idea what happened in the 90s). And, most people see this as a John Hughes film, although he didn't direct it- but I guess it has his trademark. 'Mr. Mom' wouldn't work as well now in my opinion, although many gender-issue comedies have been made since. However, the workforce is no longer just a man's world, and vice versa. Still, 20 years ago, this film is pretty funny!
August 8, 2009

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    1. Jack: 220, 221, what ever it takes.
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