Trading Mom (1994)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Family, Fantasy  |  13 May 1994 (USA)
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Elizabeth, Jeremy, and Harry Martin have had it with their workaholic, nagging mother and they get in trouble at school with bullies and almost smoking cigarettes. They go to this ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mommy / Mama / Mom / Natasha
Asher Metchik ...
Mrs. Cavour
Mr. Leeby
Sean MacLaughlin ...
Jemar Jefferson ...
Nancy L. Chlumsky ...
Dr. Richardson
Eleni Schirmer ...
Karate Girl
Ninja Mom
Catherine Paolone ...
Cookie Mom
Creative Mom
Jane Beard ...
Cleaning Mom


Elizabeth, Jeremy, and Harry Martin have had it with their workaholic, nagging mother and they get in trouble at school with bullies and almost smoking cigarettes. They go to this mysterious gardener named Mrs. Cavour and she tells the siblings about an ancient spell to make their mother disappear. That night they say the incantation and the next morning, they wake up and they find their mother is gone and they can't remember anything about her. Mrs. Cavour tells the children about the Mommy Market, a place in town where they had about every mother you could think of. When they go there, the Mommy Market had a policy where you could have 3 tokens to take a mother home. If they could not find a suitable mother by their third token, they could never go back. The mothers they pick are not what they hoped for and they feel lost without someone to look after them. They wanted their very own mother to love and they must think of a memory of their own to remember her and break the spell. Written by mountain91

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No More Vegtables, No More HomeWork, No More Cleaning up your room...


Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some barnyard humor | See all certifications »




Release Date:

13 May 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Mommy Market  »

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$319,123 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Last movie with 'Andre the Giant', who died a year before this movie's US release. See more »


Mrs. Mommy Martin: Who do you think you are? You can't just go around doing what ever you want! And Elizabeth, cigarette, really. Well, that's it! You're all grounded! Period! Understand? There's no camp, no allowance, no TV, no nothing. Now up to your room, right now this instant! I am furious!
Harry Martin: But mom...
Mrs. Mommy Martin: Don't "But mom" me! Things are going to change around here permanently. Now, march!
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The closing credits begin with showing Sissy Spacek playing the mom and the three other moms before the credits roll. See more »


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see it twice
16 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

i saw this movie for the first time about 4 years ago...i liked it, it seemed really nice- these kids wish their mother away, and they have to go to a "mommy market" to get another one. they cant find one they like, so they wish really hard for their mother to come back, and their wishing breaks their spell. nice huh? well thats basically the premise on the surface, but after watching the movie a few times, i started to think about it and really listen to some of the lines- theres definately more to this movie than meets the eye. i havent read the book it was based on, so i might be wrong, but my theory is that these three kids wish that all memory of their mother dissapear, and when this happens, every aspect of their mother (cooking, shopping, cleaning, playing games, etc) is portrayed as a mother. the kids pick the aspects that they like best, and they think they will be happy, but the truth is they need all the aspects of their mother. the woman who lives next door to them tries to explain this but rather cryptically- she cant exactly say it or they wont figure it out for themselves. she tells them that they have to really truly pick their mother. what they have been doing is picking a mother than they think is the coolest mom or the most fun. when they create a memory, they are picking a mother who really cares about them and who they really love. this brings her back. the only thing that is confusing is that when the spell is broken (when they wake up the next day and see their mother) there are still signs of the other mothers having been there (fluffy pillows, a circus prop, and a racoon trap). im probably way over-analyzing this movie, but i think its a really interesting film that u should see.

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