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Funnyman Michael Keaton (Beetlejuice) teams with Teri Garr (Tootsie in this "fresh and funny audience pleaser" (Boxoffice) that's all housework and no pay! Jack and Caroline Butler (Keaton and Garr) are perfectly happy with their roles in life until a layoff makes him a househusband and her a working wife! And while she wrangles with charts, graphs and an all-too-eager-to-be-wrangled boss, he has to contend with their hyper kids, a ravenous vacuum cleaner, an angry washing machine and an oversexed neighbor (Ann Jillian of TV's "It's A Living")! From late nights in the boardroom to lonely nights in the bedroom, the biggest challenge for both Jack and Caroline is learning to trust one another with their reversed roles which they'd better do quickly before Mr. Mom becomes Mr. Single Mom!

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When Jack Butler (Michael Keaton) loses his job at an auto factory, he expects to quickly find another. But instead, his wife Caroline (Teri Garr) starts working for an ad agency and Jack ends up taking care of the house and kids. He soon runs afoul of shopping etiquette, a voracious vacuum cleaner, and he can't even drop his kids off at school properly. He starts losing his pride and letting himself go. He stops shaving, drinks at all hours, and watches soap operas. And not only does a predatory divorcée (Ann Jillian) have her eye on him, Caroline's new boss (Martin Mull) has more than business on his mind. Will their marriage survive? What makes Mr. Mom work isn't its role-reversal premise, but its clever off-the-main-plot scenes like the obstacle course at the company picnic, where a footrace with swim fins is set to a variation on the theme to Chariots of Fire; a poker game using discount coupons for money; or a traumatic, soap-opera-influenced dream Jack has when he realizes his life is going down the toilet. This is the first starring role for Michael Keaton, who went on to star in Beetlejuice and Batman; he makes the most of both its comic and sentimental side. The script, incidentally, is written by John Hughes, who later went on to write and direct The Breakfast Club and Home Alone. --Bret Fetzer

Special Features

  • Collectible Trivia Booklet

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  • Actors: Michael Keaton, Teri Garr, Fred Koehler, Taliesin Jaffe, Courtney White
  • Directors: Stan Dragoti
  • Writers: John Hughes
  • Producers: Aaron Spelling, Art Levinson, Bruce McNall, Harry Colomby, Lauren Shuler Donner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • 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: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: April 25, 2000
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (281 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0792844866
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,957 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mr. Mom" on IMDb

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Erica Anderson on September 22, 2004
Format: DVD
I remember seeing "Mr. Mom" in the movie theaters twenty years ago. It was a cute, harmless comedy. Whenever I think of Michael Keaton, I think of this movie. Michael Keaton stars as Jack Butler who falls victim to layoffs at the company he works for. His wife Caroline played by Terri Garr makes a bet with him over who gets a job first. Caroline manages to get a job at an advertising agency headed by Ron Richardson (Martin Mull). The only drawback is that Caroline hasn't worked in awhile so she is like a fish out of water at the company until she comes up with a snazzy ad campaign for tuna fish. In the meantime, Jack has to take over the role of housewife and learn to clean the house, take care of the children, fix dinner, do laundry, and go grocery shopping. It takes Jack awhile to adapt to the role of Mr. Mom but he has the help of Caroline's friends. The results is hilarious especially when Jack goes to the grocery store and loses one of his children. Another favorite moments is when the women and Jack are playing poker with grocery coupons or when they end up going to a Chippendale's nightclub. "Mr. Mom" is good, clean fun. Nothing offensive so it is perfect for children to watch. I still enjoy watching it after all these years.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By P Magnum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 16, 2001
Format: DVD
After he burst off the screen in Night Shift, Michael Keaton was given his first leading role in this film. He plays Jack Butler who designs and builds cars for a big Detroit auto maker. Due to cutbacks, he is laid off from his job. His wife, played by Teri Garr, has been a housewife to their three kids and hasn't worked in years. Jack and her make a bet as to who will get a job first. Of she does and Jack is forced to stay at home and watch the kids. He obviously has no idea how tough the job is and the film goes through his transformation from an inept house dad to a growing into the role. Some hilarious scenes include a trip to the supermarket gone awry, Jack's addiction to soap operas and his confrontations with his wife's smug boss played with oily charm by Martin Mull. Teri Garr is very funny as is Ann Jillian as her best friend. The real star is of course Mr. Keaton, who shows he cannot only be funny, but touching and caring. a first rate performance.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Barry on March 13, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This 1983 comedy is a real gem. No matter what the one star reviews below so ignorantly say. It's definitley one of the best jobs Michael Keaton has ever done. The movie has funny written all over it. It's too bad the people down below have no sense of humor. Keaton stars as Jack Butler, a man who is laid off from his job. As soon as he is, his wife(Teri Garr)decides to go back to work and gets a great job. Poor Jack is now home dealing with all of the normal,everyday things that you usually do. He is raising the kids, doing the dishes, laundry, making dinner. He has even started to watch soaps and hang out the neighborhood ladies. Grocery shopping is a nightmare for him. The review on this page stated that the movie is sexist. Please. People make arguments over something that's not even there. Sigh. This movie has many classic scenes as well as dialogue that you can repeat over and over. The supporting cast includes a number of familiar faces : Martin Mull, Jeffrey Tambor, and Christopher Lloyd. This is a wonderful family comedy that deserves a lot more attention than it got. Don't let the negative reviews sway you from seeing a sweet,charming comedy. Good and funny.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By paula Cody on March 12, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
Loved this movie.. Michael Keatons best as well as my other favorite, Gung Ho. I have watched Mr. Mom a hundred times. Wish Michael would do another good comedy.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "bartle" on October 23, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Even though this movie was made back in the 80's, it's still an enjoyable movie to see(even for the family). Micheal Keaton is fun to watch as a father trying to adjust to his new job, being at home full time taking care of his kids and the house. The children in this movie are not to be forgotten. They add to the laughs and fun for this movie. Enjoyed in the 80's and still enjoyed it in 2000.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. J Parrish on August 2, 2000
Format: DVD
Michael Keaton was really good in this movie. He plays Jack Butler who gets laid off from the car plant. His wife goes out and goes to work for an ad agency... Michael keaton shows a real kinship with the kids! Teri Garr was great as the working mother! She had to fight off a real sleezeball who wanted her to dump Jack so that she could marry him. Favorite Lines: "You ever talk to my kid like that again, I'm kocking you out!" "Where does Mommy keep the extra Diapers?" Happens after the baby gets into the can of chili. Other kids run from Jack! We see him go back in with the baby. Then we hear "Oh Meg!" Funny and classic comedy at its best!!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Justin Jahnke on February 27, 2004
Format: DVD
If you don't own this movie, get it. It is a classic. The characters are believable and real and the comedy is perfectly blended between real-life/palusible situations and that intanglible movie quality that makes movies like this great. Kenny and Alex remind me...of me...when I was their age. Jack Butler, Carolyn Butler, Ron Richardson, Joan...all fantanstic characters. In my opinion, movies of the 1980's (character/plot driven movies) don't get any better than this. My one critique is that the male stripper scense seem a little out of place. Yum Yum Tuna Bits!
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