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Momma's Man (Widescreen Edition) (2008)

Matt Boren , Ken Jacobs , Azazel Jacobs  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Matt Boren, Ken Jacobs, Flo Jacobs
  • Directors: Azazel Jacobs
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: KINO VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: May 5, 2009
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001R3YRJ4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,573 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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One of the Best Films of 2008 --Entertainment Weekly, Time Out NY, NY Post

This is Independent Film Defined. --Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

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Bumped from a flight back to Los Angeles and the life, wife, and infant daughter that await him there, Mikey (Matt Boren) returns to his childhood home, a cluttered, cocoon-like Manhattan loft presided over by his bohemian parents. You can stay here as long as you want, Mikey s mother tells him. But in Azazel Jacobs Momma s Man, what begins as a respite from adult responsibility becomes a premature mid-life crisis. Re-installed in a household saturated with two generations of bric-a-brac evoking days gone by, Mikey starts to regress and drift back to an awkward youth he never outgrew. To realize this (modestly scaled movie with a heart the size of the Ritz - New York Times), writer-director Jacobs cast his real life parents, artist Flo Jacobs and underground film legend Ken Jacobs (Star Spangled to Death), as Mikey s benevolent mother and father, and the Jacobs family apartment as an archive of the unconscious where free floating anxiety renders Mikey a prisoner of his own nostalgia. Deftly balancing (melancholy emotional realities with unexpected moments of Chaplinesque comedy - Variety), Momma s Man is a funny, touching, and bracingly honest look at the pleasures and perils of yearning for the imperfect past.


- (Momma s Family), a featurette on the clash of realities that takes place in Momma s Man. Azazel Jacobs returns to the set of the film and can t leave. (2009, 42 min., directed by Azazel Jacobs)

- (Capitalism: Child Labor), a short film by Ken Jacobs (2006, 14 min., b/w, music by Rick Reed)

- (Rain Building Music), Azazel Jacobs first film (1991, 7 min.)

- Audio conversation featuring Azazel Jacobs and his parents

- 6 deleted scenes

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cautionary Tale for Us Parents December 17, 2010
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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I'm so glad that Azazel Jacobs made this film and recorded for (hopefully eternity) his parent's fascinating loft. Ken Jacobs's 2 film classes comprised my entire college education. If I had taken no other classes besides his, it would not have mattered. I gained a completely new way of looking at the world. Suddenly, there was a lot not to like about previously accepted institutions like Capitalism and Ronald Reagan. In fact, I've completly adopted his scathing anti-capitalist stance and his hatred of the overclass sociopaths (Ken on the great recession: "the big winners will walk away and keep looting and the rest of us will be further impoverished.") For every kid from upstate who every dreamed of creating art in NY (never mind your seedy lou reed/lower east side trips), Ken and Flo are two people who really did it. Watching them in their home environment, looking at and creating film (and seeing the same kitchen table (off the street) where I interviewed him in 1997 for a school paper) was a real treat. As far as the storyline is concerned, I think the movie would have been more compelling if Azazel had played himself instead of using the character Mikey. But it is still a wonderful film full of humor and poignant moments.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Diamond in the Rough May 19, 2010
I'm so glad I occasioned this movie on Reel 13. I really felt it captured the conflict and reality of becoming an adult for the 30-40's generation (my generation). I loved the regression of the main character, it was slow, methodical and accurate. It seemed to be my self, my time, my toys, my conflict - yes I was totally drawn into this well crafted story (and I'm a woman!). Thanks Azazel Jacobs.
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1.0 out of 5 stars What's Wrong Mikey, Tell Us August 14, 2014
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Mother: What's wrong Mikey?
Mikey: Nothing ma...
Mother: Something's wrong, isn't it?
Mikey: No it's just that...
Mother: What Mikey, What?
Mikey: No it's...
Mother: Can I get you some coffee, tea, oatmeal, or soup, Mikey?
Mikey: No ma I think... I'm not hungry...
Mother: It's our messy apartment, isn't Mikey? I knew it.
Mikey: No ma. The apartment is fine. I'm kinda messy myself so...
Mother: Is it because your father and I dropped too much acid while I was pregnant with you?
Mikey: No ma, everything's fine, it's just...
Mother: What Mikey, what? Come on sit down with me, come on Mikey.
Mikey: No ma, I have work and...
Mother: You must sit down with me and your father...
Mikey: Okay ma, just let me take my jacket off and put this ancient cell phone down cause...
Mother: Here's some tea, Mikey, now what is it?
Mikey: It's just...
Mother: Come on Mikey, tell us, it's that tramp wife of yours isn't it? ...
Mikey: Yea ma, but no it's...
Mother: What Mikey, what?
Mikey: It's just that... well it's kinda like... what I mean is...
Mother: Tell us Mikey, tell us...
Mikey: It's the plot. It really sucks. And the dialogue, I keep having to say “it's nothing” over and over again...
Mother: Just go with it, we have almost two hours to fill in... we can't just keep showing dark clips of nothing happening...
Mikey: Well can I spend another five minutes singing off key?
Mother: No Mikey, it hurts your father's ears.
Mikey: Well I'm not going to watch my old buddy do exercise while singing Indigo Girls songs...
Mother: Maybe we can put in more flashing light stuff, how about that, Mikey?
Mikey: No, I'm afraid people will start having epileptic seizures and sue us...
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2.0 out of 5 stars ok movie April 28, 2014
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It was an ok movie. I'm into movies off the beaten path but it was a bit sullen for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars And New York looks gorgeous! January 17, 2011
Like Andrew Wagner's The Talent Given Us and Lena Dunham's Tiny Furniture, real-life parents of filmmakers play themselves as family dynamics play out with humor, discomfort, agony, joy, and a moving emotional reality we can all embrace (or not).
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