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Man of the House (1995)

Chevy Chase , Farrah Fawcett , James Orr , Jamie Anderson  |  PG |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Chevy Chase, Farrah Fawcett, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, George Wendt, Richard Portnow
  • Directors: James Orr, Jamie Anderson
  • Writers: James Orr, David E. Peckinpah, Richard Jeffries, Jim Cruickshank
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 4, 2003
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008977A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,216 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Man of the House" on IMDb

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Funnyman Chevy Chase (NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION Series, CADDYSHACK) is Jack, a guy who's found the woman of his dreams (glamorous Farrah Fawcett). Too bad her stubborn 11-year-old son, Ben (Jonathan Taylor Thomas from TV's HOME IMPROVEMENT) thinks Jack is a geek! As a test, Ben coaxes Jack into joining the YMCA Indian Guides, led by a wacky suburban dad (George Wendt, Norm from TV's CHEERS). Chaos ensues as Jack struggles to prove to Ben that he's not totally uncool! From rain dancing to building a teepee, Jack will do anything to win Ben's approval -- and his mom's affection!

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Family Film with Many Amusing Highlights January 24, 2006
Format:DVD
Starring Farrah Fawcett Majors (Sandy, the divorced mom), Chevy Chase (Jack, the hot shot lawyer boyfriend/fiance who moves in with the divorced mom) and Jonathan Taylor Thomas (son, Ben, who has unresolved feelings of abandonment due to his real dad, suddenly and unexpectedly without remorse, having left him and his mom). The film is a classic comedy where Ben does what he can to test the new "dad-to-be". In fact, his whole plan is to drive Jack out of his mom's life. The fact is ... his plan backfires.

Jack does whatever it takes to win Ben over. He even joins the Indian scouts, a group in which Ben feigns interest, which he expects will send Jack over the edge. Surprisingly, it has the opposite effect, Ben ends up looking forward to the adventures in the wild, especially a planned canoe trip. Unfortunately, it is the one time Jack does not show up ... convincing Ben, Jack is like his dad.

Bigger problems loom in th horizon for Jack, who is nearly killed by the son of a mob-type stalker and his buddies who are exacting revenge for having placed his father in jail. The climactic build up and suspense in the film is worth viewing for oneself. This is a family entertainment style film where all the problems are resolved in the end. The film is amusing and makes the viewer feel good. While much of the film is predictable, that is why it does not disappoint the viewer. Erika Borsos (erikab93)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amber McKenzie(Tx, usa) October 14, 2004
Format:DVD
I love this movie! it such a cute,funny,and sweet movie! and Im not just saying that because I love Jonathon Taylor Weiss(Thomas)which I do! he is sooo hot,funny,and sweet! and he luvs animals and is vegi I guess what they say is true most of his fans are junior high girls Im 12=)in this movie he plays an 11 year old and looks 10 but was really 14 oh well just means I can think hes hot in this movie longer anyway this movie is about Ben a boy whos father left when he was 6 and its always been him and his mom (Farrah Fawcett) there has been a couple guys but they never lasted long until she meets Jack (Chevy Chase)and wants to get married and has Jack move in but Ben now 11 disapproves and will do anything to get him out including:making him sleep on roll out bed which breaks,locking him out of the bathroom when he was in the shower,and more until they finally join the YMCA Indian Guides which Ben thinks is dorky at first until they finally realise they love it and it brings them together the only problem is Jack is lawyer and sent this guy to prison and now his son and his goons are after them! I would definitely recomend this movie it is great!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet little family movie to pass the evening July 11, 2004
Format:DVD
Man of the House is a sweet little film. It's great for children without being drudgery for their parents to sit through. Jonathan Taylor Thomas plays Ben, a child afraid of getting emotionally hurt again by the men his mother begins dating after his father leaves the two of them alone and heartbroken. Due to Ben's mistrust, he "tests" each of his mother's new potential suitors, and none of them can stand their ground until he comes up against Jack. From there, the rest of the story starts rolling. Man of the House is definitely worth checking out if you're looking for something lighthearted but still-entertaining for the evening. Although, I'm sure the kids would probably enjoy Tom & Huck and Wild America much better since they're both more action-oriented movies.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chevy Chase: Still Hilarious After All These Years!!! December 4, 2007
Format:DVD
If you do not know about this movie, then you are about to be served with a treat unlike any treat you have ever received.

It stars Chevy Chase, who IMHO has just gotten funnier over the years, and Jonathan Taylor Thomas (the star of Home Improvement) as nutty people saying the zaniest things. Disney scores another home run with Man of the House, and the comedy grabs you by the throat from the very first scene and never loosens its grip.

If you've never seen any Chevy Chase movies (and what's wrong with you, if so?!) then this is definitely the one to see. He is very, very sarcastic which is my sense of humor too, and he has some of the funniest faces and zingers that you'd ever want to see/hear. But he has definitely met his match with the kid from Home Improvement, who delivers wisecracks like kids always do. This kid is definitely going places and is by far my favorite person from Home Improvement, except for maybe Tim Allen and Wilson the neighbor.

Farrah Fawcett has never been more gorgeous and whimsical as she is in Man of the House, and what's so funny is that Chevy Chase wants to marry her, but the kid really doesn't want him too. So it's a lot like Home Alone, except instead of people wanting to burgle the home, this kid wants to keep the intruder (Chevy Chase, "Oh Heavenly Dog") away from his mom. And we can all relate to wanting to keep people away from Farrah Fawcett, so it's a comedy that makes you think.

This movie is probably going to make one of your top 10 lists, and it's so funny at times that you might need to excuse yourself from the room. But remember to pause lest you miss more great jokes and joke premises!

Man of the House? More like Comedy of the Year?!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
I like this movie a lot, but it's pretty predictable, with a very original but not highly amusing plot. It's the kind of movie you see when you want to laugh, and nothing in life really seems very funny. Kids of all ages will like it, but it does have a little bit of violence in it. But of course, it's still in that slap-stick way, and not really scary to all but the littlest kids.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chevy Chase is always too funny. Great flick from the past to watch
Chevy Chase is always too funny. Great flick from the past to watch. Forgot about this movie until I saw I pop up on Amazon. Watched it last night. Thanks!
Published 4 days ago by AES
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie for younger kids
Not much worth watching on tv anymore so I have started buying movies like this for my grandkids. Fun movie that I don't have to worry about language used or explicit scenes... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Analee Rupp
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Family flick
Published 18 days ago by Anna Haga
4.0 out of 5 stars whos the man
man of the house is pretty funny both the kid & chevy chase are like telling each other by showing whos the man of the house
Published 20 days ago by fasteddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great condition!
Published 1 month ago by Jordan Noel
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good movie
Published 1 month ago by Linda
3.0 out of 5 stars A good movie for the whole family
Although it comes off as cheesy in today's day and age, it still does manage to provide some hilarity. I would recommend this as a good Christmas gift. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Writ3r
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Funny
I loved this movie as a child and was sad when my video stopped working. But I am happy to say that even after x years I still really enjoy this film! Great purchase!
Published 5 months ago by Jasmine Staup
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a cute.
This is a very funny movie. Chevy is engaged to Farrah and she has a son. Her son comes up with the idea that they should join this club and get to know each other. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sueg
4.0 out of 5 stars great movie for my 10 year old son!
My 10 year old son really liked this movie! He was looking for a movie to rent during a boring snow day in February.
Published 6 months ago by Sharon
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