Man of the House (1995)

PG  |   |  Comedy  |  3 March 1995 (USA)
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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
Bob Younger, Jack's Boss
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 <>

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



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  »

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$40,070,995 (USA)

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Did You Know?


The game that Ben is playing while Jack is talking to him about the Fourth of July camping trip is the first Wing Commander game. See more »


At the end of the movie, during the wedding. As Jack is asking Ben for the rings, Ben kids around and pretends to have lost them. If you look at the ring finger of Jack's left hand, he is clearly already wearing his wedding ring. See more »


Jack Sturgess: [after after sending the troops away so he can face his enemies] That means you too, Ben.
Ben Archer: No way. I'm staying here with you.
Jack Sturgess: You're not staying with me.
Ben Archer: But I can help.
Jack Sturgess: You can be more help by making sure the others get down okay. Now go on. Get out of here. I mean it.
[Ben starts to follow the others]
Jack Sturgess: Ben!
[Ben turns around]
Jack Sturgess: Thanks anyway. I appreciate it.
[Ben nods and walks away]
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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 »


References The Silence of the Lambs (1991) See more »


Hit The Road Jack
Written by Percy Mayfield
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Comic inanities served up to families as something unique and gut-busting...
20 February 2009 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Mind-bogglingly bad Disney comedy pits middle-aged sweethearts Chevy Chase and Farrah Fawcett against Fawcett's prankish pre-teen son Jonathan Taylor Thomas (that smug Keebler elf from the TV sitcom "Home Improvement"). After single mom Farrah brings new love-interest Chevy home to meet her kid, Taylor resorts to juvenile tomfoolery to scare the suitor away...sound familiar? Taking its cue from "The Parent Trap", but blessedly giving us only one child at the helm, this lame-duck script has nowhere to go after the initial set-up. Nice to see Chase and Fawcett together (the original choices for "Foul Play"), but the comic chaos which erupts here is only for undiscriminating viewers. * from ****

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