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Trading Mom (1994)




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The Mommy Market originated as a fey satirical novel by Nancy Brelis. In the film version, Anna Chlumsky plays the oldest of three siblings who are fed up with their impossible mother (Sissy Spacek). Through methods too complicated to go into here, the kids are able to make Mom completely disappear. They then head to the local "Mommy Market" to select a new parent. Spacek returns to play three entirely different characters, an impressive chunk of versatility indeed. Far more impressive than the film itself, which suffers from lackluster direction (by Tia Brelis, daughter of author Nancy Brelis) and a threadbare budget. Test-marketed under its original title in 1992, The Mommy Market fell flat with audiences; it was reissued with alterations as Trading Mom in 1994, only to plunge into obscurity for a second time.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Comedy, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Tia Brelis
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On DVD: Sep 28, 1994


Sissy Spacek
as Mommy and others
Anna Chlumsky
as Elizabeth
Maureen Stapleton
as Mrs. Cavour
Merritt Yohnka
as Mr. Leeby
Nancy L. Chlumsky
as Dr. Richardson
Eleni Schirmer
as Karate Girl
Fran Joseph
as Ninja Mom
Maria Fagan
as Creative Mom
Jane Beard
as Cleaning Mom
Shelley Phillips
as Success Mom
David Michael O'Neil
as Basketball Kid
Andrew Largen
as Ricky Turner
Ariana Metchik
as Girl Scout
Donald Moss
as Sobbing Boy
Robbie Dresch
as Boy in Striped T-Shi...
Igor De Laurentiis
as Boy in Black Jacket
Anne Shelton Crute
as Cigarette Girl 1
Catherine Camp
as Cigarette Girl 2
Lynn Jane Foreman
as French Maid
Mike Degaetano
as Little Cookie Boy
Julia Caperton
as Skinny Girl with Gla...
Sammy Ross
as Little Guy
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Critic Reviews for Trading Mom

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

While it's nice to see Sissy Spacek in different kinds of roles, the fairy tale as a whole is too didactic and only sporadically charming.

Full Review… | July 2, 2007
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 13, 1994
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Silly '90s fantasy is a little dated but still fun.

Full Review… | November 25, 2014
Common Sense Media

Anna Chumsky deserves a better role

August 11, 2005

Audience Reviews for Trading Mom


Leo L

Super Reviewer

Not the greatest movie ever. But it's one of those nostalgic 90s kids movies. Mom gets wished away and the kids get three chances to choose a new one from the market. It turns into a movie with a moral but still a good movie to see if your a fan of family movies from the 90s.

Spacek's energy is a force to behold. A must see for her performance alone, and all-around a great family picture.


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