Momma's Man (2008)



Critic Consensus: Moody yet touching, Momma's Man successfully illustrates with elegant simplicity the struggles of a man consumed with his adolescence.

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A grown man locked into an extended state of arrested adolescence returns to the nest while concocting a series of excuses as to why he cannot return to his wife and child in this existential comedy drama from filmmaker Azazel Jacobs. Mikey was preparing to board an airplane bound for California when he suddenly found himself fleeing from the airport and returning to the comfort of his parents' New York home. Even Mikey isn't sure exactly why he made the snap decision not to go home, all he knows is that he can't quite muster the courage to go back and assume the responsibilities of your typical family man. Of course, Mikey's doting mother is more than happy to enable her son's indecision -- and his father remains as emotionally distanced as ever -- but as time goes on, the grown-up man-child finds it increasingly difficult to make the choice between going back to reality, or drifting ever further into his second adolescence. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Matt Boren
as Mikey
Dana Varon
as Laura
Nan Arcilesi
as Maggie
Gabriel Welch
as Baby Ana
Jacques Wakefield
as Cable Guy
Cole Mohr
as Teen Boy 1
Chris Gayla
as Teen Boy 2
Charlotte Greville
as Teen Girl 1
Annick Mayer
as Teen Girl 2
Juliet Lyons Gray
as Baby Julie
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Critic Reviews for Momma's Man

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (20)

Jacobs's low-fi third feature forges unique stylistic territory for the American independent film.

Full Review… | August 24, 2009
Top Critic

This simple but assured indie drama about the safety of childhood and the necessity of leaving it is particularly affecting because writer-director Azazel Jacobs draws so heavily on his own life.

Full Review… | May 29, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Awkward pauses and gestures and moments of self-examination give it a rich texture. It's a lovely work, sad and funny. A melancomedy, if you will.

Full Review… | May 8, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

The main character in Momma's Man shuffles through life like he's been poleaxed, and you may feel the same after you watch this slow-motion indie exercise about a grown-up who returns home and can't leave.

Full Review… | October 24, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

It works from a specific place and lets audiences relate to that place, and the people in it, like trusted intimates.

October 3, 2008
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

On the surface, it's a straightforward low-budget tale about a grown man who visits his parents and refuses to leave. Yet deeper, darker currents move through Momma's Man, eddying around fears of letting go on both sides of the generational divide.

Full Review… | September 19, 2008
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Momma's Man


I didnt start getting into this film until after I found out why the guy was really staying with his parents & then.......Wow

Brody Manson
Brody Manson

Super Reviewer


A truly odd movie that annoyed me but was good enough not to hate. I read a lot of good things about this movie but didn't really feel like there was anything to gain from this film.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

Boring and pretentious.

Brandon Klaus
Brandon Klaus

Super Reviewer

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