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Jack Butler Michael Keaton is a Detroit automobile engineer unjustly fired by his boss. Jack's wife Caroline Teri Garr is compelled to get a job to make ends meet, and is soon hired on as an advertising executive in a firm run by the shifty Ron Richardson Martin Mull. This leaves Jack at home doing the housework and taking care of the kids, which he discovers is a lot more complicated than he ever imagined. Moving from breadwinner to househusband doesn't do much for his self-esteem, and he bides his time playing ...
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Jack Butler Michael Keaton is a Detroit automobile engineer unjustly fired by his boss. Jack's wife Caroline Teri Garr is compelled to get a job to make ends meet, and is soon hired on as an advertising executive in a firm run by the shifty Ron Richardson Martin Mull. This leaves Jack at home doing the housework and taking care of the kids, which he discovers is a lot more complicated than he ever imagined. Moving from breadwinner to househusband doesn't do much for his self-esteem, and he bides his time playing poker for coupons with a gaggle of neighborhood housewifes and pondering infidelity with dedicated homewrecker Joan Ann Jillian. Among Keaton's fish-out-of-water bits: trying to maneuver a shopping cart with the inevitable wobbly wheels; and imagining a soap opera/film-noir episode in which he gives in to Joan's advances, only to be found out by Caroline.
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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
The gender-role comedy Mr. Mom does a fine job mining fertile comedic territory. In addition to nailing the grand themes of a man forced out of his conventional role of family breadwinner, the screenplay finds lots of cute ways to combine male and female stereotypes. Jack and the other housewives playing poker for coupons is just one witty example. Michael Keaton's performance is one of the keys to the film's success. As he finds himself slipping into more and more feminine roles, the film doesn't get laughs out of a man acting like a woman, it gets laughs out of a man suffering the emotional stress associated with traditional women's roles. Jack is not a sexist pig who learns how hard his unappreciated wife works; he is a good husband and father who learns that raising children and taking care of a house is stressful and demanding. Since Jack is sympathetic throughout, the audience laughs with him in recognition, not at him in derision. That is what makes this family-comedy worth sharing with the family.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/4/2000
  • UPC: 027616808134
  • Original Release: 1983
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Keaton Jack
Teri Garr Caroline
Frederick Koehler Alex
Taliesin Jaffe Kenny
Brittany White Megan
Martin Mull Ron
Ann Jillian Joan
Jeffrey Tambor Jinx
Christopher Lloyd Larry
Thomas Leopold Stan
Graham Jarvis Humphries
Carolyn Seymour Eve
Michael Alaimo Bert
Valri Bromfield Doris
Charles Woolf Phil
Miriam Flynn Annette
Derek McGrath Exec. #1
Michael Ensign Exec. #2
Ken Olfson Exec. #3
Frank Birney Exec. #4
Hilary Beane Exec. #5
Edie McClurg Check Out Lady
Patti Deutsch Deli Girl
Estelle Omens Middle Age Woman
Patty Dworkin Melon Girl
Bernadette Birkett Young Woman Shopper
James Gallery Bob
Tom Rayhall Higgins
Danny Mora Auto Worker
Maurice Sneed Auto Worker
Phil Simms Auto Worker
Bruce French Douglass
Roger Menache Male Dancer
Dennis Landry Male Dancer
Lisa Freeman Motorhead
Robert Lussier Race Starter
Jacque Lynn Colton Card Player #1
Mandy Ingber Debbie
Ken Hixon Director
Gerry Black Chauffeur
Lisa Richards Card Player #2
John O'Leary Norman Young
Gaye Kruger Secretary
Technical Credits
Stan Dragoti Director
Harry Colomby Co-producer
Lee Holdridge Score Composer
John Hughes Original Story, Screenwriter
Victor J. Kemper Cinematographer
Patrick Kennedy Editor
Art Levinson Producer
Lynn Loring Producer
Nolan Miller Costumes/Costume Designer
Lauren Shuler Producer
Aaron Spelling Executive Producer, Producer
Norman Steinberg Screenwriter
Alfred Sweeney Production Designer
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