Man of the House


Man of the House

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Total Count: 14


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In this comedy a young boy declares war after he learns that his mother is about to remarry. The lad is Ben Archer (teen heartthrob Jonathan Taylor Thomas), and several years before, his real father abandoned his mother (Farrah Fawcett). Now he is suspicious of all his mother's boyfriends. After she announces that she is planning to marry district-attorney Jack Sturges (Chevy Chase), Ben vows that he will do everything in his power to scare him away. Meanwhile, a notorious gangster plans to do more than scare Jack away. Mayhem ensues as the bratty Ben continually torments his would-be step-dad who is equally determined to bond with the boy.

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Chevy Chase
as Jack Sturges
Farrah Fawcett
as Sandra Archer
George Wendt
as Chet Bronski
David Shiner
as Lloyd Small
Art LaFleur
as Red Sweeney
Richard Portnow
as Joey Renda
Leonard Red Crow
as Chief Leonard George
George Greif
as Frank Renda
Ron Canada
as Bob Younger
Chris Miranda
as Hank Sweeney
Zachary Browne
as Norman Bronski
Spencer Vrooman
as Darryl Small
Chief Leonard George
as Leonard Red Crow
Nicholas Garrett
as Monroe Hill
Jimmy Baker
as Young Ben
John DiSanti
as Romeo Costanza
Walter Marsh
as 1st Judge
Judith Maxie
as 2nd Judge
Jim Smith
as Minister
Sean Orr
as Bailiff
Tony Sampson
as 1st Big Kid at School
Shane Meier
as 2nd Big Kid at School
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Critic Reviews for Man of the House

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (1)

  • Only the smoldering sexual tension between Chevy Chase and George Wendt keeps Man of the House from being a complete waste of time.

    Jul 5, 2004
  • Pretty weak little family comedy...doesn't hurt but doesn't help.

    Sep 27, 2003 | Rating: 1/5
  • Chevy Chase can save most movies from the dog they might otherwise be

    Sep 17, 2002 | Rating: 3/5
  • if you need to be warned away from a movie starring Chevy Chase and Jon Thomas.

    Jul 27, 2002 | Rating: 1/5

Audience Reviews for Man of the House

  • Jul 01, 2012
    This is a very cheesy comedy that has a wasted cast. I thought that the film was pretty bad and it really didn't offer anything good for the viewer. The script was underdeveloped and the cast simply didn't do it for me. I felt that the film tried too hard at being sentimental, and it ultimately became forgettable. I felt that this film was boring, and ultimately not interesting. The film has wasted potential of being a fun, memorable family comedy. Where the film fails is in the script, the story just doesn't do it. They could have put more effort in this film. This film is definitely not Chevy Chase's best film, and the film just fails to be good. This is an awful film with a poor cast and story. Add to that that the filmmakers are trying to make it too emotional, and you have a film that isn't worth your time. Man of the House is clichéd, dull, boring an unfunny. The film is just weak in terms of a good story and a good cast. Director James Orr fails to give us a good film, and this is a film to avoid and definitely not worth your time. I hated the film, and I thought it was disappointing. This is definitely not one of those childhood comedies that are worth seeing again years after its release. There are plenty of good family oriented comedies that have been released in this period, but Man of the House is not one of them. This is just a poorly constructed film that doesn't have anything going for it. This film simply isn't worth your time. Watch something else.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Oct 22, 2011
    Yes, I understand this isn't movie magic, however it was one of my favorites as a child (I was in 5th grade when this came out!) and I guiltily admit I still enjoy it now.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer
  • Aug 07, 2011
    sad chevy chase vehicle that wasn't worth the time
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • May 04, 2010
    Hilarious, well I thought it was anyway. It has Chevy Chase as the worst/greatest step dad to ever live. It's practically the only movie Disney ever released involving broken homes so it automatically gets points for being original. The Mob killing plot that somehow fit in to Indian clubs and bonding sessions was a little extreme, but it made sense in the 90s. If only more mainstream movies were this oddball.
    Conner R Super Reviewer

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