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Mr. Mom (1983)

Michael Keaton , Teri Garr , Stan Dragoti  |  PG |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)

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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: 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: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: April 25, 2000
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0792844866
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,342 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mr. Mom" on IMDb

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  • Collectible Trivia Booklet

Editorial Reviews

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

Product Description

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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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite Michael Keaton films September 22, 2004
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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keaton is masterful January 16, 2001
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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Your Doing It Wrong...." March 13, 2002
By Barry
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still fun to watch even today October 23, 2000
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very cute!!!! August 2, 2000
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best March 12, 2005
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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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hilarious! April 10, 2000
By A Customer
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I saw this movie when i was a little girl and i loved it! Keaton is wonderful in it. He's a guy who gets laid off so his wife garr goes to work and keaton takes care of their i think 3 kids (sorry it's been a while). My favorite scene is when he's in the supermarket and one of his kids keeps making a mess and the overhead thing keeps going clean up on isle 10 or clean up on isle 5. You just got to see it to get it and i love when he fights with the vaccuum cleaner and the washing machine. Very good please watch it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars VERY FUNNY
Published 6 days ago by lance76
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny
This is a good movie, but a little on the slow side as far as the plot goes. But it isn't for the whole family. However, it was very funny and original.
Published 7 days ago by Lisa Seelye
5.0 out of 5 stars Family fun
Hilarious! Love this sweet 80s movie. MK does some of his finest work. Martin mull awesome too. It great for the fam
Published 7 days ago by S. campos
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies ever
I know it's not high art.. But it is a well paced funny and touching movie that has distinct characters that play off each other very well. Read more
Published 8 days ago by james f
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny and hits home.
While this movie may be from the 1980s its content is ageless. Whether you are a parent, baby sitter, or have young relatives that you watch every now and then this movie will be a... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Keith Richmond
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 80's Flick
If you have kids, work full time and have been laid off, you can definitely relate to this movie. Fun and entertaining.
Published 8 days ago by Brad Wendling
5.0 out of 5 stars True
I enjoyed this movie immensely. I felt like it fit me and my situation. I spend a lot of time working from home except when I go to church at night. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Rev V.
3.0 out of 5 stars Parents beware, it should be at least PG - 13
I wish I had a devise that edited movies & TV shows, because this movie has only one scene I would love to take out so I can enjoy it with my family.
Published 12 days ago by D & S
5.0 out of 5 stars Old-School Funny!
It might be "days gone by" but it's still a great collection of laughs and fun in the face of reality. Read more
Published 17 days ago by AJ Eriksen
5.0 out of 5 stars Wholesome,feel good movie.
Love this movie. It makes me happy b/c it reminds me of when I was a stay at home mom to my sons. It's funny but has a goos message too. Family is the most important!!!!!
Published 20 days ago by Diva
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