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Trading Mom 1994 PG

4.0 out of 5 stars (78) IMDb 5.5/10

Elizabeth, Jeremy and Harry are unhappy with their single mother. An ancient magic spell allows them to select a new mother, but through their choices, they realize how much they love their own mother.

Starring:
Sissy Spacek, Anna Chlumsky
Runtime:
1 hour, 22 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Fantasy, Comedy, Kids & Family
Director Tia Brelis
Starring Sissy Spacek, Anna Chlumsky
Supporting actors Aaron Michael Metchik, Asher Metchik, Maureen Stapleton, Merritt Yohnka, André the Giant, Sean MacLaughlin, Jemar Jefferson, Nancy L. Chlumsky, Eleni Schirmer, Fran Joseph, Catherine Paolone, Maria Fagan, Jane Beard, Shelley Phillips, Dolores Wright, Charles Collins Jr., Anne Shannon Baxter, Schuyler Fisk
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

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You never really miss something until you have to live without it. This valuable lesson is effectively portrayed in the movie while showcasing Sissy Specek's extraordinary telent. She takes you along a journey in which kids come to appreciate the value of a loving mother no matter how bad the current circumstances are. Well written, with plenty of laughs and one or two seemingly tearful moments, Trading Mom is a movie in which children can appreciate and understand, since the plot of the movie is based on their decisions and realizations. ....A good moral lesson taught in such an entertaining way that the children forget they're actually learning... Excellent!
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Based on the popular children's short story "The Mommy Market," the story centers around the three Martin children: Elizabeth (Anna Chlumsky), Jeremy (Aaron Metchik) and Harry (Asher Metchik), who are unhappy with their single mother (Sissy Spacek). Their elderly friend, Mrs. Cavour (Maureen Stapleton), tells them of an ancient magical spell that will allow them to go to the Mommy Market to select a new mother. Through the course of the film they try out 3 different mothers - but none of them is to their liking, either. They all sound good at the start, but experience shows that even the coolest Mom can have some of the strangest drawbacks...
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This is the worst movie I have ever seen, and I watch bad movies for fun. This was just plain bad. The acting was terrible, and the moms they chose were grating and I almost had to turn the TV off. My wife wanted to watch this for nostalgic purposes. Even she said it was horrible. The message was nice, but evidently this movie was based on a book and I bet the book told the story and delivered the message much better. Stay away from this one.
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I saw this movie as a kid, and watching it again brought back wonderful memories. This movie is a great story that teaches an important lesson to kids. Watch it, it's one of my favorite movies and I know you'll love it!
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By Nay on October 28, 2011
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I watched this with my older sister when we were children (I'm 22 and she's 24) and we still love it after all these years.

Trading Mom tells the story of 3 children who make a wish to replace their mother. When they wake up, she's gone and they head to the Mommy Market to choose a new one. Each of the children gets to choose a mom with hilarious results. But could it be that the mom they got rid of is the best one of all?

I love this film, but it's not necessary to buy it. You can watch it for free on [...] (just search "Trading Mom"). You're welcome.
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A sweet little movie with a worthwhile moral lesson for any kid that feels his mother is being unfair or doesn't understand him. Living with another mother is a lot different than imagining what it would be like.
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My daughter and I used to love this movie when it played on cable. It is a silly and fun family movie. If you're looking for a serious movie, keep looking. Entertaining if you're looking for a humorous kids' movie that a mom can enjoy too.

Hope they make a DVD, because I won't spend more than two dollars on VHS tapes; the quality is just not worth these high prices for VHS.
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I watched this film for the very first time with a five year old girl. We were both riveted by this film! Of course, we appreciated it on different levels, but as soon as we finished watching it we were in complete agreement: "Again!!" Immediately we had to see Trading Mom a second time!

If you have not seen this film before, you really must. Cissy Spacek is a total delight as the Mom (the real one) and in other roles. The children are quite natural in their performances, but I wish Maureen Stapleton had more screen time. This is a movie that we will be thinking about and watching again and again.

However -- I must complain: WHERE is the DVD version of Trading Mom? Amazon.com has the poster and the VHS, but we need the updated version.
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