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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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Only a year after this movie was made and released a spin-off tele-film version was made. Mr. Mom (1984) had a different cast and crew except for writer John Hughes and director Stan Dragoti who were credited for characters and story respectively. See more »


The baby knocks over the two plants but they reappear later in their original positions, unbroken. See more »


Jack Butler: Honey if you call and I'm not home I'll be at the gym or the gun club.
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References The Muppet Show (1976) See more »


Nadia's theme
(from The Young And The Restless)
by Perry Botkin Jr. & Barry De Vorzon
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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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