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Man Of The House

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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!|A resourceful 11-year-old boy, Ben, tries to scare off his mother's suitor, Jack, a beleaguered federal prosecutor unprepared for stepfatherhood, by forcing him to join the YMCA's Indian Guides program and participate in Native American-inspired rituals and games. The boy's scheme seems to be working until a vengeful indicted mob boss enters the picture and decides to have Jack eliminated. Ultimately, the guides take on the mob and use their superior wilderness warfare tactics to capture Jack's pursuers. In the process, Jack and the boy forge a bond of friendship, respect, and love.|Ryan O'Neal, Farrah Fawcett's (Sandy) real-life husband at the time, has a brief uncredited cameo at the beginning of the movie.|The movie marks Jonathan Taylor Thomas' feature film debut.

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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008977A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,371 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Man Of The House" on IMDb

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By Erika Borsos VINE VOICE on January 24, 2006
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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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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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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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Ridiculous ending - one of those movies that you loved when you were growing up, but don't know why when you revisit it when you're older. That being said, there were some really good things about the movie and moments between the characters that put some gold into the story, even today. Still a great movie for young people/teenagers and/or for family movies it would be perfect.
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I have loved this movie since I was a kid. JTT and Chevy Chase are so funny, and this was a staple of my childhood. Give it a watch. Kids of any age will love it - so will adults. 5 year old me loved it, and so does 25 year old me!
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**GREAT MOVIE**REMEMBERING FARRAH WAS NOSTALGIC**I KNOW THEY HAD FUN MAKING THIS MOVIE** IT WAS GREAT TO SEE THE BOY FINALLY BOND WITH CHEVY CHASE**ALL OF THE FATHERS & SONS ARE SUCH GOOD FATHERS OF FAMILY LOVE & DOING THINGS TOGETHER. IT IS A "FEEL GOOD MOVIE."
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One of my favorite movies from childhood for both me and my husband. It's a feel-good family movie full of humor and real-life issues of a blended family. Silly fun is included in the form of an angry mob boss sending goons to attempt murder, but if you can look past the plausibility, the movie is excellent.
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