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Mr. Mom (1983)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 19 August 1983 (USA)
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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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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$947,197, 24 July 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$64,800,000
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1.85 : 1
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Michael Keaton turned down Splash (1984) to do this movie. See more »

Goofs

When the baby eats the chili, she knocks the can on the floor from her stroller and it makes a clank sound as if hitting a hard floor. But it lands on the carpet and there should not have been any sound coming from an empty can landing on carpet when dropped from a height of just a foot or so. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Humphries: Schooner Tuna - the tuna with a heart.
[Caroline Butler created the phrase, while she was employed there and Jack was watching their children and trying to be a house-husband]
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Strangers in the Night
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Written by Bert Kaempfert, Charles Singleton and Eddie Snyder
Performed by Frank Sinatra
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One of my family's all-time favorities
13 August 2004 | by 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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