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Mr. Mom (1983)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  22 July 1983 (USA)
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After he's laid off, a husband and wife switch roles with her returning to the work force and he becoming a stay at home dad, a role to which he doesn't have a clue.

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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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Mr. Mum  »

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$64,800,000 (USA)
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The first movie that actor Michael Keaton appeared in after his breakthrough film role in Night Shift (1982). See more »

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While on the plane the ice bucket used for the wine has ice and then no ice in a few shots. See more »

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Jinx: [talking about the Lay-off] Your not exactly walking out of here empty handed, You got your pension and I'll give you this months gas money
Larry: There's only one more thing I want
Jinx: What?
Larry: DISABILITY!
Jinx: [goes to window and tries to open it and jump out but is grabbed by Jack]
Jinx: Hey keep that sense of humor buddy, its critical
[Larry rushes at him and attempts to strangle him]
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One of my family's all-time favorities
13 August 2004 | by (Normal, Illinois) – See all my reviews

Of all comedies that I have seen in my 23 years, "Mr. Mom" has got to be one of the best and funniest of them all. I have been a fan of this movie since I was about 4 years old! To be exact, I think I taped three different copies on cable and network until I bought it on video and finally on DVD!

Michael Keaton plays Jack Butler, who, along with several co-workers, loses his job at an auto plant due to layoffs. To make ends meet, wife Caroline (Teri Garr) gets a job at an advertising agency, and he stays home with the kids. Easy, right? Absolutely not! From out of control vacuum cleaners, washing machines and toasters, to the neighborhood ladies, including Joan (Ann Jillian), who has her eye on Jack, running the household is horrendous. On top of this, Caroline is climbing the corporate ladder. But success comes with a price in the form of long hours, travel, and persistence from boss Ron (Martin Mull), who sets his sights on Caroline. Can Jack and Caroline keep the family together despite these woes?

It is my belief that "Mr. Mom" is one of the best comedies of all time, and features Michael Keaton and Teri Garr at their best. People of all ages should see this movie. It shows how successful familial role revearsals have the power to be, and demonstrates how to challenge previous stereotypes about career and family. A great film not to be missed!


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