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Mr. Mom (1983)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  19 August 1983 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex (as Frederick Koehler)
Courtney White ...
Brittany White ...
Tom Leopold ...
Michael Alaimo ...
Valri Bromfield ...


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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Caroline's a rising executive. Jack just lost his job. Jack's going to have to start from the bottom up. See more »


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19 August 1983 (USA)  »

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Mr. Mum  »

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$64,800,000 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Both Michael Keaton and Teri Garr have a relation to the Batman (1966) program. Michael Keaton portrayed the titular character in the first two Tim Burton Batman theatrical films, while Teri Garr guest-starred and was uncredited in the seventh episode of the 1966 television weekly series of _"Batman" (1966) [Instant Freeze (#1.7)}]_. See more »


When Caroline walks in on Jack and his girlfriends playing poker, she says "Oh, pizza!" twice. Two different takes from two different angles were shot, and both mistakenly used. See more »


Jack Butler: You guys keep it down now. Kevin's about to find out his test results.
Alex: Kevin's a skunk!
Jack Butler: Yea, but Kevin gets all the girls.
Alex: He sure got Nicki!
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Referenced in Evening Shade: Mr. Mom (1990) See more »


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In mommy's shoes.
17 February 2010 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

Simple-minded fun is ensured from this charmingly light-hearted suburban family comedy penned by John Hughes, produced by Aaron Spelling and starring the likes of Michael Keaton (after his break through performance in "Night Shift" the year before), Terri Garr and the comic actor Martin Mull. There's just something about "Mr. Mom", while it didn't have me in stitches it seemed to be a pleasant farce which remains quite likable with its repetitive, if accidental gags caught in real life situations (some being over dramatised e.g. the sitcom daydream sequences to enliven the humour) and the daily chores that fill a housewife's cycle. Keaton is a good sport finding him in plenty of red-faced and grinding situations that soon begin to affect his mental state of mind. Keaton balances the right moods in an amusingly bright turn and goes on to prove how well of a versatile actor he was. When the tables are turned for Garr's character… that's when she comes out with a wholesomely good performance and a fine show-in by Mull as her smarmy boss. Also in small parts are Jeffrey Tambor and Christopher Lloyd. Stan Dragoti's breezy direction lets it unfold and Hughes gimmicky material is quite snappy with its banter, but satirical with its vision (despite the silly slapstick) without losing any of its warm-hearted appeal.

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