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Man of the House (1995)

PG | | Comedy, Family | 3 March 1995 (USA)
Ben Archer is not happy. His mother, Sandy, has just met a man, and it looks like things are pretty serious. Driven by a fear of abandonment, Ben tries anything and everything to ruin the "... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Sturgess (Squatting Dog)
Sandy Archer
Chet Bronski (Chief Running Horse)
David Shiner ...
Lloyd Small (Silent Thunder)
Red Sweeney (Silver Fox)
Joey Renda, Frank's Son
Richard Foronjy ...
Murray, Renda Goon
Tony, Renda Goon
Chief Leonard George ...
Leonard Red Crow
George Greif ...
Frank James Renda
Christopher Miranda ...
Hank Sweeney (as Chris Miranda)
Zachary Browne ...
Spencer Vrooman ...


Ben Archer is not happy. His mother, Sandy, has just met a man, and it looks like things are pretty serious. Driven by a fear of abandonment, Ben tries anything and everything to ruin the "love bubble" which surrounds his mom. However, after Ben and Jack's experiences in the Indian Guides, the two become much closer. Written by Adam Burstein <burs7211@cs.nyu.edu>

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Jack wants to marry Ben's mother. But there are strings attached.


Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 March 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Man 2 Man  »

Box Office


$40,070,995 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Ben Archer (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) can be seen sitting under a tree reading a comic book based on The Lion King (1994), which also starred Thomas. See more »


When Jack supposedly trips on the skateboard, you can see that Chevy puts his leg out much further than usual. Clearly the incident was staged. See more »


Jack Sturgess: Ben, what are you doing here?
Ben Archer: I came back here to help you. What do you think?
Jack Sturgess: I don't need any help.
Ben Archer: [observing the state Jack is in] Oh, really? Then what were you planning to do when those guys found you? Lie there and pretend to be a slug?
Jack Sturgess: Exactly. Now get out of here. You're blowing my cover.
Ben Archer: [struggling to get the tree trunk off Jack's leg] You can't tell me what to do. You're not my father.
Jack Sturgess: [with a groan] I knew you were going to say that eventually.
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Crazy Credits

No bees were harmed during the making of this film. All bee action was supervised by Dr. Norman E. Gary, entomologist. See more »


Referenced in EastEnders: Episode dated 25 November 1996 (1996) See more »


Written by Marc Ferrari and Peter Ajemian
Performed by The Children
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what a terrific film!
13 May 1999 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

"Man of the House" is a true treasure of a film. It is one of those great Disney family comedies, that everyone enjoys. Good comedic performances from both the young Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Chevy Chase. George Wendt is also good. It's this type of enjoyable film that reminds you of some good times: great family films like this are becoming more and more rare and it's a shame. What a terrific film "Man of the House" is!

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