• Mr. Mom (1983)

Mr. Mom

Release Date: 1983

DVD Release Date: April 25th, 2000

PG |1 hr 31 min

Plot Summary

During the 1980s recession, automobile engineer Jack (Michael Keaton) is fired from his job. When his wife, Caroline (Teri Garr), finds a job before he does, they switch roles, placing him in the unfamiliar position of homemaker and caretaker to their three children. He embarks upon a series of misadventures, from navigating grocery store trips to playing poker games with housewives. Jack and Caroline must figure out the intricacies of their new roles while maintaining their relationship.

Cast: Michael Keaton, Teri Garr, Ann Jillian, Frederick Koehler, Taliesin Jaffe, Courtney White, Martin Mull, Jeffrey Tambor

Director: Stan Dragoti

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Sherwood Productions

Keywords: 1980s , House , Sacrifice , Hilarious , Love , Marriage , Transformation , Mother , Touching , Father , Madcap ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Time Out London

    Hughes still manages to play on the anxieties of middle America with fairly devilish skill. show more

  • 50
    Bill CosfordMiami Herald

    The script remains the big problem, however -- all its roots are showing, and they are very old. In Lucy's day, a story like this would end with restoration of the comfy stereotypes -- Dad would get his job back at the plant, enhanced by his new appreciation for what Mom has gone through, and Mom would forsake her business success, more sure than ever that her place is at the sink. That's just what happens in Mr. Mom. In Hollywood, time stands still. [27 Aug 1983, p.5]

  • 50
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    They had a great idea here. It's too bad they didn't follow it through on a human level, instead of making it feel made up and artificial and twice-removed, from the everyday experience it pretends to be about. show more

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