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Mr. Mom (1983)

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.

Director:

Stan Dragoti

Writer:

John Hughes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Keaton ... Jack
Teri Garr ... Caroline Butler
Frederick Koehler ... Alex Butler
Taliesin Jaffe ... Kenny Butler
Courtney White Courtney White ... Megan Butler
Brittany White Brittany White ... Megan Butler
Martin Mull ... Ron
Ann Jillian ... Joan
Jeffrey Tambor ... Jinx
Christopher Lloyd ... Larry
Tom Leopold Tom Leopold ... Stan
Graham Jarvis ... Humphries
Carolyn Seymour ... Eve
Michael Alaimo Michael Alaimo ... Bert
Valri Bromfield ... Doris
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Storyline

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 <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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When mom goes to work, dad goes berserk! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Mum See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$947,197, 24 July 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$64,800,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First movie for Michael Keaton, where he was top billed. See more »

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In the last scene of the movie we see the Tuna commercial, which had been shot the day before, playing on the TV. It would be impossible for a commercial to be shot, edited, finished and delivered to any particular network for airing all in less than a 24 hour period. See more »

Quotes

Jack Butler: Take the money, Caroline!
Caroline: I can't.
Jack Butler: It was a bet! A bets a bet!
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Alternate Versions

In one scene, Jack's "girlfriends" take him to a male strip show in which the dancers are dressed as astronauts. Jack comments "These aren't the guys from the space shuttle, are they?" When the film was first shown on network television in 1986, the line was removed, presumably because it seemed in poor taste coming so soon after the Challenger disaster. See more »


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Who gets tired of this movie?
11 February 2004 | by PookyiscuteSee all my reviews

Seriously,

I mean, who really gets tired of seeing Michael Keaton playing a housewife? There's just no equivalent to this when it comes to great comedy. I've seen it countless times, and can't believe how little recognition this film actually gets. The main plot of the movie is that Keaton gets fired (or laid off, I can't honestly remember, it's been so long since I've seen it...) from his job, and ironically enough his wife wants to go to work for an advertising company. Reluctantly he agrees, and what follows is just pure chaos. He loves his wife, but at times you get the feeling not enough to keep doing the daily, mundane rituals, he feels woman should be stuck with doing.

It's a great comedy and an awesome rent for anyone over the age of 10. A film that you could actually watch with your kids, and still not have them get certain underlying jokes.

A 9 out of 10 in my estimation. 10 being the highest that is, and the reason I give it a 9 and not quite a 10, well....I guess you'll just have to watch it to make your own decision about that.

And that's my review.


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