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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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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 <>

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When mom goes to work, dad goes berserk! See more »


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Release Date:

19 August 1983 (USA)  »

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Mr. Mum  »

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$64,800,000 (USA)

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The nick-name for the vacuum cleaner was Jaws, because of its extremely strong suctioning power. See more »


When Jack is chasing the vacuum from room to room, his shirt goes back and forth from being dry and tucked to wet and untucked from shot to shot. See more »


Jack Butler: [on phone] Ya?... Hi Joan. How are you doin?... Ahh, it's gotta be Kevin's... Victor? How could it be Victor's? Thought he got a vasectomy... It didn't take?
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References The Muppet Show (1976) See more »


Written by Jerry Goldsmith
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Who gets tired of this movie?
11 February 2004 | by (Nyiregyhaza, Hungary) – See all my reviews


I mean, who really gets tired of seeing Michael Keaton playing a housewife? There's just no equivalent to this when it comes to great comedy. I've seen it countless times, and can't believe how little recognition this film actually gets. The main plot of the movie is that Keaton gets fired (or laid off, I can't honestly remember, it's been so long since I've seen it...) from his job, and ironically enough his wife wants to go to work for an advertising company. Reluctantly he agrees, and what follows is just pure chaos. He loves his wife, but at times you get the feeling not enough to keep doing the daily, mundane rituals, he feels woman should be stuck with doing.

It's a great comedy and an awesome rent for anyone over the age of 10. A film that you could actually watch with your kids, and still not have them get certain underlying jokes.

A 9 out of 10 in my estimation. 10 being the highest that is, and the reason I give it a 9 and not quite a 10, well....I guess you'll just have to watch it to make your own decision about that.

And that's my review.

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