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Mr. Mom (1983)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 19 August 1983 (USA)
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
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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 Richardson
Ann Jillian ... Joan Hampton
Jeffrey Tambor ... Jinx Lathman
Christopher Lloyd ... Larry
Tom Leopold Tom Leopold ... Stan
Graham Jarvis ... Howard Humphries
Carolyn Seymour ... Eve
Michael Alaimo Michael Alaimo ... Bert
Valri Bromfield ... Doris
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Storyline

The family man Jack Butler is happily married and lives with his beloved wife Caroline Butler and their children Alex, Kenny and Megan in a suburb of Detroit. Jack is an engineer that works in an automobile factory with his friends Stan and Larry and they go to the work in car pool with their boss Jinx. When Jack loses his job, Caroline looks for a job and finds in the advertising agency that belongs to Ron Richardson. Soon Caroline succeeds in holding an important account in the agency and climbs positions and responsibilities. Meanwhile Jack learns how hard the household chores and childcare are. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Caroline's a rising executive. Jack just lost his job. Jack's going to have to start from the bottom up. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Mom See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$947,197, 24 July 1983

Gross USA:

$64,783,827

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$64,783,827
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Sherwood Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Ron Howard was asked to direct, but he turned it down in order to make Splash (1984). See more »

Goofs

House numbers are painted on the curb. This is for fire and police to help locate the house, however they do not do this in MI due to snow covering the numbers in winter. See more »

Quotes

Joan: Can I give you a hand?
Jack Butler: You can give me two I don't know what the hell I'm doing
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Detour: The Stop (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Chariots Of Fire
(uncredited)
Written by Vangelis
Performed by Vangelis
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User Reviews

 
Housekeeper by Need
10 April 2019 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The family man Jack Butler (Michael Keaton) is happily married and lives with his beloved wife Caroline Butler (Teri Garr) and their children Alex, Kenny and Megan in a suburb of Detroit. Jack is an engineer that works in an automobile factory with his friends Stan (Tom Leopold) and Larry (Christopher Lloyd) and they go to the work in car pool with their boss Jinx (Jeffrey Tambor). When Jack loses his job, Caroline looks for a job and finds in the advertising agency that belongs to Ron Richardson (Martin Mull). Soon Caroline succeeds in holding an important account in the agency and climbs positions and responsibilities. Meanwhile Jack learns how hard the household chores and childcare are.

"Mr. Mom" is a funny 1983 film made in the period of the 1980´s recession and foresees the beginning of the decline of the Detroit´s automobile industry. The plot has many clichés but is entertaining and hilarious. Michael Keaton and Teri Garr show chemistry and have great performances. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Dona de Casa por Acaso" ("Housekeeper by Chance")


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