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Mr. Mom -- An automotive engineer's wife gets a job, and he stays home with the children, housework and housewives.


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Release Date:
19 August 1983 (USA) See more »
When mom goes to work, dad goes berserk! See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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One of my family's all-time favorities See more (58 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael Keaton ... Jack

Teri Garr ... Caroline

Frederick Koehler ... Alex

Taliesin Jaffe ... Kenny
Courtney White ... Megan
Brittany White ... Megan

Martin Mull ... Ron

Ann Jillian ... Joan

Jeffrey Tambor ... Jinx

Christopher Lloyd ... Larry
Tom Leopold ... Stan

Graham Jarvis ... Humphries

Carolyn Seymour ... Eve
Michael Alaimo ... Bert
Valri Bromfield ... Doris
Charles Woolf ... Phil
Miriam Flynn ... Annette

Derek McGrath ... Exec. #1

Michael Ensign ... Exec. #2

Ken Olfson ... Exec. #3

Frank Birney ... Exec. #4
Hilary Beane ... Exec. #5

Edie McClurg ... Check Out Lady
Patti Deutsch ... Deli Girl
Estelle Omens ... Middle Age Woman
Patty Dworkin ... Melon Girl

Bernadette Birkett ... Young Woman Shopper
James Gallery ... Bob
Tom Rayhall ... Higgins

Danny Mora ... Auto Worker
Maurice Sneed ... Auto Worker
Phillip Simms ... Auto Worker (as Phil Simms)

Bruce French ... Douglass
Henry Flores ... Male Dancer
Roger Menache ... Male Dancer
Dennis Landry ... Male Dancer

Lisa Freeman ... Motorhead
Marley Sims ... Receptionist

Kay Dingle ... Woman in Crowd
Robert Lussier ... Race Starter
Jacque Lynn Colton ... Card Player #1

Mandy Ingber ... Debbie
Ken Hixon ... Director
Jane Atkins ... Mommy
Gerry Black ... Chauffeur

Lisa Blake Richards ... Card Player #2
Larry Flash Gordon ... Camera Asst.
Leigh Walsh ... Pretty Girl

John O'Leary ... Norman Young
Valrie O'Donnell ... Exec. Wife #1
Jacklyn McQuery ... Exec. Wife #2
Gaye Kruger ... Secretary
Bruce Barrington ... Room Service
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Eric Braeden ... Victor (archive footage) (uncredited)

John Richard Petersen ... Executive (uncredited)

Velvet Rhodes ... Jogger (uncredited)

Melody Thomas Scott ... Nikki (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Stan Dragoti 
Writing credits
John Hughes (written by)

Produced by
Harry Colomby .... co-producer
Art Levinson .... associate producer
Lynn Loring .... producer
Lauren Shuler Donner .... producer (as Lauren Shuler)
Aaron Spelling .... executive producer
William W. Wilson .... associate producer (as Bill Wilson)
Bruce McNall .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Lee Holdridge 
Cinematography by
Victor J. Kemper (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Patrick Kennedy 
Casting by
Lisa Freiberger 
Production Design by
Alfred Sweeney 
Set Decoration by
George R. Nelson 
Makeup Department
Leonard Drake .... hair stylist
Bob Mills .... makeup supervisor
Ric Sagliani .... makeup artist
Production Management
Art Levinson .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dustin Bernard .... second assistant director
Debra DuVal .... dga trainee (as Debra Du Val)
James Dyer .... first assistant director (as Jim Dyer)
Harry V. Bring .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Art Dudley .... construction coordinator
Sal Sommatino .... property master
Sig Tingloff .... set designer (as Sig Tinglof)
Duff Miller .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Carlos Delarios .... re-recording mixer (as Carlos de Larios)
Michael J. Kohut .... re-recording mixer
Al Overton Jr. .... production sound mixer
Bill Phillips .... sound effects supervisor
Aaron Rochin .... re-recording mixer
Hal Sanders .... sound effects editor
Allan Bromberg .... assistant: sound editor (uncredited)
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
Dan Yale .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Bill Balles .... special effects
Phil Adams .... stunt consultant
Joanne Anderson .... stunt double
Michael Cassidy .... stunt double (as Mike Cassidy)
Joe Dunne .... stunt double
Ted Grossman .... stunt consultant
Victor Paul .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Lou Barlia .... camera operator
Alan R. Disler .... first assistant camera (as Alan Disler)
Earl Gilbert .... gaffer
Ralph Nelson .... still photographer (as Ralph Nelson Jr.)
Bill Roe .... second assistant camera
Gaylin P. Schultz .... key grip (as Gaylin Schultz)
John Earl Burnett .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Bernie Schwartz .... grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Norman A. Burza .... costumer: men (as Norman Burza)
Linda Matthews .... costumer: women
Nolan Miller .... costumes: Ms. Garr
Editorial Department
James Stanley .... assistant editor
Lisa Morlas .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Michael Neale .... location manager
Music Department
Stephen A. Hope .... music editor
Stephen A. Hope .... music supervisor
John Beal .... composer: trailer (uncredited)
Alf Clausen .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Lee Holdridge .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Gene Clinesmith .... transportation coordinator
Bruce Hauer .... transportation captain
Hugh Kelly .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Selma Brown .... production accountant
Lyla Foggia .... unit publicist
Elizabeth Galloway .... production coordinator (as Liz Galloway)
Renate Kamer .... assistant to executive producer
H. Bud Otto .... script supervisor
Judy Palnick .... secretary to producer
Marsha Pasarow .... secretary to Mr. Dragoti
Lindsay Skutch .... production assistant
Patricia Sansone .... assistant production accountant (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Perfect Daddy" - Philippines (English title)
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91 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Only a year after this movie was made and released a spin-off tele-film version was made. Mr. Mom (1984) (TV) 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 »
Errors in geography: Plot takes place in Detroit, Michigan. In supermarket, you clearly see a display for C&C cola/sodas. C&C sodas are distributed only in the northeast United States. Detroit, Michigan is in the north central.See more »
Jack Butler:[Enters scene revving chainsaw] How ya doin'. You must be Ron Richardson. I'm Jack Butler, nice to meetcha.
Ron Richardson:Pleased to meet you.
Jack Butler:Huh?
Ron Richardson:I say I'm pleased...
[Jack Turns chainsaw off]
Ron meet you. I'm just waiting for Caroline.
Jack Butler:Well, uh, you know women.
Ron Richardson:Yeah, I'd like to think I do.
Jack Butler:Wanna beer?
Ron Richardson:It's 7 o'clock in the morning.
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Why did Jack throw the race at Richardson's party?
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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
One of my family's all-time favorities, 13 August 2004
Author: bppihl from Normal, Illinois

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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