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Momma's Man (2008)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 8 May 2009 (UK)
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A man who has avoided his wife and child at home has a change of heart after an imposed stay in his own parents' loft.

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Azazel Jacobs

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Azazel Jacobs
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Cast

Cast overview:
Matt Boren Matt Boren ... Mikey
Flo Jacobs Flo Jacobs ... Mom
Ken Jacobs Ken Jacobs ... Dad
Dana Varon Dana Varon ... Laura
Gabriel Welch Gabriel Welch ... Baby Ana
Piero Arcilesi Piero Arcilesi ... Dante
Nan Archilesi Nan Archilesi ... Maggie
Jacques Wakefield Jacques Wakefield ... Cable Guy
Cole Mohr Cole Mohr ... Teen Boy 1
Chris Galya ... Teen Boy 2
Charlotte Greville Charlotte Greville ... Teen Girl 1
Annick Mayer Annick Mayer ... Teen Girl 2
Richard Edson ... Tom
Eleanor Hutchins ... Bridgitte
Juliet Lyons Gray Juliet Lyons Gray
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A man who has avoided his wife and child at home has a change of heart after an imposed stay in his own parents' loft.

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home | home sweet home | See All (2) »

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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8 May 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

O mamakias See more »

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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Azazel Jacobs cast his real life parents, Flo and Ken Jacobs, as Mikey's parents. The New York loft featured in the film is in fact their own. See more »

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(at around 40 mins) The father arrives back and half takes his coat off. It cuts away to the mother who beckons the father into the shot, where his coat is fully on. See more »

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Features Monsieur Verdoux (1947) See more »

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Written and Performed by Linus Huey
Courtesy of 2000 To The Unicorn Music
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Cautionary Tale for Us Parents
17 December 2010 | by maryszdSee all my reviews

A whimsical, but painfully true film about a young man whose parents have unintentionally made life so comfortable for him that it impedes his ability to leave home and be a functioning adult. Mikey comes home to NY from California (where he has a wife and baby) on a business trip and stays in his parents' wonderfully eccentric and bohemian loft. He sleeps in his old bed and pulls out his childhood toys and comic books. He invents excuse after excuse not to leave creating a web of lies and eventually becomes so agoraphobic that he can't leave the loft. His mom, a first-class enabler (the name of the film is so true) constantly asks "Is everything OK?" while simultaneously offering him coffee, tea, oatmeal, soup and home-cooked meals as she psychologically undermines him. His shrewd dad is caught in the middle, he doesn't wan't to upset his wife, but in going along with her and Mikey, he marginalizes himself. Mikey has a childhood friend who also seems to be overstaying his welcome at his mom's place, which suggests that this is a generational problem that's not Mikey's alone.

According to the notes, this film was shot in director Azazel Jacob's parent's loft with his actual parents playing the roles of Mikey's parents. One of the pleasures of the film is their fabulously old-time loft-pioneer living space. It's hard for the Mikeys of this world to create their own identity in the shadow of such gifted parents. Momma's Man is a slow-paced film with beautifully shot scenes of New York City (maybe this what Mikey really misses).


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