Parents' Guide to

Mr. Mom

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Classic '80s comedy with some salty language, racy scenes.

Movie PG 1983 91 minutes
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Classic Humor

Since Kids can’t possibly relate to the working Dad and stay home Mom partnership, most of the ironies will be missed by people under 30. But everyone will pick up on the basic premise that being a stay home Mom isn’t a vacation as Jack “Michael Keaton” soon discovers. The movie is full of dated technology but like with many classic comedies, simple straight forward humor is timeless. This movie is full of lines that stand the test of time “Yea, 220,221 whatever it takes” All the characters work perfectly in their roles and the movie never gets old. Something you can watch once a year and still enjoy.

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Is It Any Good?

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Decades after it was first released in theaters, this movie remains as relevant as ever; stay-at-home dads may not be that rare anymore, but what keeps this comedy fresh is its humor. Simply put, it's hilarious. In the hands of lesser thespians, Jack and Caroline would have merely become caricatures. But in Keaton and Garr, they are layered and conflicted and always funny.

The results of the switch aren't all that surprising -- it's the journey to Jack and Caroline's epiphanies that makes Mr. Mom worthwhile. In the end, the movie takes a position: Men and women are equal, at home and at work. It's not a new life lesson, but how fun it is to be reminded.

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