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Mr. Mom (1983)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 19 August 1983 (USA)
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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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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

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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 »

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Trivia

The premise came about when John Hughes told Lauren Shuler Donner about a disastrous experience he had looking after his two children while his wife was away. Donner found it hilarious. Hughes asked if that could make a good movie, and Donner replied that "it sure sounds funny to me". Hughes wrote the film, and flew to Los Angeles to re-write the script with Donner. See more »

Goofs

While Jack is in the basement trying to stop the washing machine's spraying water hoses, Kenny is yelling for help upstairs. As soon as he gets the water shut off, Jack turns quickly to run upstairs, using the concrete wall for support. As he pushes on the wall, the top moves out of place showing it is only a prop anchored at the floor only. As soon as he lets go, it bounces back into position. See more »

Quotes

Jack Butler: My wife and I went to the movies the other day, we saw Rocky. While I'm watching it, I'm thinking 'This guy has taken some falls' you know.
Auto Worker 1: Which Rocky was it? 1 or 2, or 3?
Jack Butler: I don't know. Three I guess. But...
Auto Worker 2: Hey, did the guy have a mo-hawk like Mr. T?
Jack Butler: OK forget Rocky. The point is... when you're down, not not exactly out... I mean, I mean you gotta hang tough... I don't know.
Auto Worker 1: Well, hang tough baby! Do what Rocky would do!
[walks out]
Auto Worker 1: He didn't see Rocky!
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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 Cinema Snob: Monguito: The Argentinian E.T. (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Strangers in the Night
(uncredited)
Written by Bert Kaempfert, Charles Singleton and Eddie Snyder
Performed by Frank Sinatra
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User Reviews

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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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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