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Mr. Mom [1983] (1 disc)

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Director:Stan Dragoti
Writer:John Hughes
Composer:Lee Holdridge
Length:91 minutes
(1 hour 31 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Family
IMDB Rating:6.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:81%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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  • Comedy
  • Family
  • Kids
  • Drama
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Synopsis: After he's laid off, a husband switches roles with his wife. She returns to the workforce, and he becomes a stay-at-home dad, a job he has no clue how to do.


Reaction: Funny. Relatable. Michael Keaton is wonderful and Teri Garr works with him just right. This is a movie to grow up watching.


Personal Rating: 8/10

Select Cast and Crew
Stan Dragoti => Director
John Hughes => Writer
Lee Holdridge => Composer
Ann Jillian => Joan
Brittany White => Megan Butler
Bruce French => Douglass
Carolyn Seymour => Eve
Charles Woolf => Phil
Christopher Lloyd => Larry
Courtney White => Megan Butler
Derek McGrath => Exec. #1
Edie McClurg => Check Out Lady
Eric Braeden => Victor (uncredited) (archive footage)
Frederick Koehler => Alex Butler
Graham Jarvis => Humphries
James Gallery => Bob
Jeffrey Tambor => Jinx
John O'Leary => Norman Young
Lisa Freeman => Motorhead
Martin Mull => Ron
Michael Alaimo => Bert
Michael Ensign => Exec. #2
Michael Keaton => Jack
Miriam Flynn => Annette
Patti Deutsch => Deli Girl
Robert Lussier => Race Starter
Taliesin Jaffe => Kenny Butler
Teri Garr => Caroline Butler
Tom Leopold => Stan
Valri Bromfield => Doris

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Carolyn Seymour's first Hollywood film role.
  • [?] Ted Kotcheff was originally slated to direct.
  • Ron Howard was asked to direct, but he turned it down in order to make Splash (1984).
  • Karen Allen, [?] Jane Curtin, [?] Farrah Fawcett, and Sally Field were considered for Caroline Butler.
  • According to Jeffrey Tambor, the shot of Michael Keaton knocking him out was done in one take.
  • Dabney Coleman, Jeffrey Jones, and Jack Nicholson were considered for the role of Ron Richardson.
  • Chevy Chase, Michael Douglas, Steve Martin, and John Travolta were considered for Jack Butler.
  • The chain on the chainsaw appears not to move, even though the engine is revved. This is because the chain-break is engaged, which is a safety feature on all modern chainsaws, that doesn't allow the chain to move, even when the engine is revved at a high rpm.
  • Part of a mini-cycle of Hollywood role-reversal comedies of the 1980s. The films include Mr. Mom (1983), Baby Boom (1987), and 3 Men and a Baby (1987).
  • The premise came about when John Hughes recounted to Lauren Shuler Donner about a disastrous experience he had looking after his two children in the absence of his wife, which Shuler found hilarious. After asking if that could make a good movie, she replied that "it sure sounds funny to me". Hughes wrote the film, and flew to Los Angeles to re-write the script with Shuler.
  • First movie for Michael Keaton, where he was top billed.
  • Michael Keaton turned down Splash (1984) to do this movie.
  • First major film role for Ann Jillian after a twenty-year hiatus.
  • [?] George Segal was considered for Jack.
  • Like all John Hughes movies Edie McClurg has a cameo as the cashier in the grocery store.
  • Burt Reynolds was considered for the role of Ron Richardson