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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Inspired by the life of television executive Lynn Loring. A former actress, Loring retired from the industry to become a full-time housewife and mother. When her husband found himself unemployed, Loring returned to the workforce and became the breadwinner. John Hughes found himself in a similar circumstance. See more »


Though the movie takes place in Detroit, mountains can be seen from Ron Richardson's backyard. See more »


Jack Butler: How'd you like a little trim on that moustache, Ron?
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Referenced in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Gives Up! (2016) See more »


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good family comedy
29 August 1999 | by (anaheim, ca) – See all my reviews

Keatons first lead role after his successful "Night Shift" debut in 82 was this family comedy about a laid off auto worker who takes over at home as his wife (Garr) goes back to work. It is a bit unbelievable that Keaton, after years of having a family, would not know how to operate the washing machine or vaccuum cleaner. But he was so perfect at being silly I had to let it slide. Its a little like a fish outta water story as he has to go to the unfamiliar market, do numerous chores around the house and learn the right way to drop off the kids at school in the morning ("South to drop off, moron!"). Plenty of good moments from a comedic and dramatic standpoint, as Keaton and Garr deal with her being away from home so much. Mull becomes a foil for her as her new boss, having a case of the major league hots for his star employee. Im sure Keaton will always be remembered as Batman, but this will always be my fave of his in one of John Hughes ("The Breakfast Club," "Ferris Buellers Day Off") more unknown works. Good, harmless fun.

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