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Mr. Mom (1983)




Critic Consensus: Mr. Mom makes up for its stereotype-driven premise with a sweet script and charming work from a well-matched cast led by Michael Keaton and Teri Garr.

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Jack and Caroline Butler 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! 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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Teri Garr
as Carolyn
Graham Jarvis
as Humphries
Miriam Flynn
as Annette
Derek McGrath
as Executive #1
Michael Ensign
as Executive #2
Ken Olfson
as Executive #3
Frank Birney
as Executive #4
Hilary Beane
as Executive #5
Edie McClurg
as Check-Out Lady
Patti Deutsch
as Deli Girl
Estelle Omens
as Middle-Aged Woman
Patty Dworkin
as Melon Girl
Bernadette Birkett
as Young Woman Shopper
Tom Rayhall
as Higgins
Danny Mora
as Auto Worker
Maurice Sneed
as Auto Worker
Philip Simms
as Auto Worker
Bruce French
as Douglass
Henry Flores
as Male Dancer
Roger Menache
as Male Dancer
Dennis Landry
as Male Dancer
Lisa Freeman
as Motorhead
Marley Simms
as Receptionist
Kay Dingle
as Woman in Crowd
Robert Lussier
as Race Starter
Ken Hixon
as Director
Jacque Lynn Colton
as Card Player #1
Gerry Black
as Chauffeur
Lisa Blake Richards
as Card Player #2
John O'Leary
as Norman Young
Gaye Kruger
as Secretary
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Mom

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (3)

Reinforcing traditional gender roles is the entire point of 1983's Mr Mom.

January 13, 2021 | Full Review…

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.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Sit-com material, ably done, with Keaton's off-kilter delivery a highlight.

August 7, 2003 | Rating: 3/5
Top Critic

Mr. Mom rarely rises above the level of a polished TV sitcom, and the notion of a stay-at-home dad, treated here as The Craziest Idea Ever!, had already taken root by 1983. Still, it's hard to resist Keaton in this seemingly tailor-made role.

October 11, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The movie takes advantage of classic themes. [Full Review in Spanish]

September 25, 2019 | Full Review…

It won't find its way onto any top ten lists of [John Hughes'] work, but it's far more enjoyable than the bulk of his '90s credits, and is anchored by a fun performance from a baby-faced Michael Keaton.

October 18, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mr. Mom

A cute and funny family film with two great comedy actors: Keaton and Garr. I really liked this movie.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Fun if you catch it on cable, but I wouldn't go out and rent it.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer


(some spoilers) John Hughes certainly helped personify the 1980s as writer and director! Although he didn't direct 'Mr. Mom', he hasn't directed a film in 14 years, which coincides when his writing in the 90s has seen him represent less iconic films and straight-to-video sequels. He wrote Mr. Mom, and although, not as significant or funny as 'The Breakfast Club' or 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off', it still represented a reasonably popular and somewhat iconic film on the gender role in the 1980s. Michael Keaton plays Jack Butler, hard-working father of three children, who finds himself in a pickle when he and his colleagues are fired from his manufacturing car company. His wife, Caroline (Teri Garr), manages to get a job in advertising, and the roles are reversed so to speak. Nowadays, we might frown upon this being the premise for a comedy, but back in 1983, attitudes were different. Anyway, Jack finds himself learning the ropes of being the stay-at-home dad, while Caroline begins to excel selling tuna as her new boss Ron (Martin Mull from "Roseanne") begins to take more than liking! Jack finds goes from clueless Dad to successful parent, all the while avoiding the affections of a would-be lover, and trying to get his wife to remember the little things she misses while wrapped in work. He learns that pride in himself, and his family values are what's important, and not selling himself short to get a job back. Meanwhile, Caroline gets caught up in her work in more ways than one. This early 80s comedy is quite funny, even though some stereotypes may not be accepted now. I'm sure most guys know how to shop for groceries without wrecking the store, however "clean up in isle?" was quite funny! And, of course, the whole letting yourself go in the unemployment rut and getting caught up in soap operas was also quite funny. Keaton does well with or without a beard, and Teri Garr was quite funny too. Christopher Lloyd is briefly in this movie, and Jeffrey Tambor is good as the disloyal employer. This is reasonably well directed and is Stan Dragoti's most popular film, but it's the writing and humorous commentary on social changes and gender roles that makes this film a winner, particular because John Hughes had a gift for writing good scripts in the 80s (I have no idea what happened in the 90s). And, most people see this as a John Hughes film, although he didn't direct it- but I guess it has his trademark. 'Mr. Mom' wouldn't work as well now in my opinion, although many gender-issue comedies have been made since. However, the workforce is no longer just a man's world, and vice versa. Still, 20 years ago, this film is pretty funny!

Cassandra Maples
Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

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