Mr. Mom

  • Review Date: November 13, 2007
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1983
  • Running Time: 91 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Classic '80s comedy with some minor hanky panky.
  • Review Date: November 13, 2007
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1983
  • Running Time: 91 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

There are a few tricky situations when spouses flirt with others. But for the most part, the main characters' marriage is solid and they want to do right by their kids.

Violence

Men lunge at their boss when they are laid off. Jack throws the phone in a fit of anger.

Sex

No sex or nudity, but plenty of flirtation and risqué overtures. A divorcee wears low-cut blouses and hits on Jack, and later appears in lingerie during a dream sequence. Caroline's boss aggressively hits on her wearing a robe. A brief scene of Chippendales dancing at a strip club in leather underwear; a woman rushes the stage.

Language

Some mild swearing, including "crap" and "jerk."

Consumerism

Plenty of product placement, especially cleaning products such as Tide, Clorox, and Borax. Jack is partial to Miller Lite beer. Caroline works on an ad campaign for a fake tuna fish company, Schooner Tuna. Frequent viewings of The Young and the Restless.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

No drugs, but plenty of smoking in the boardroom. As he gets more bored with the situation, Jack begins to drink beer during the day, often while watching soap operas.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that though this comedy is rated PG, features kids, and has little to no cursing, it's fairly racy. A divorcee targets a married man and flashes her cleavage, a boss hits on his married employee, and Jack and his housewife friends see a male stripper show. There's plenty of smoking and drinking, though in a social context appropriate for the time period.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

When he's laid off from his job as an automotive engineer, Jack (Michael Keaton) becomes a stay at home dad in charge of three kids and the household, while his wife Caroline (Teri Garr), a former ad exec, dusts off her shoulder-padded suits to prove herself worthy in the boardroom. Jack and his mommy friends play poker with coupons; Caroline applies domestic know-how to land a tuna campaign; Jack conquers a wayward vacuum cleaner; and Caroline fends off her randy boss. In the end, Jack realizes his wife does more than he can ever imagine while he is away, and Caroline realizes she can hold her own in the corporate world.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Decades after it was first released in theaters, MR. MOM 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about gender roles. How was it hard for the homemaker to become the breadwinner and vice-versa? The idea of a househusband was a novelty in the '80s -- has that changed? Caroline's boss blatantly hits on her. Could an employer behave this way today? What more recent movies have you seen that show men in domestic roles?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 22, 1983
DVD release date:April 25, 2000
Cast:Martin Mull, Michael Keaton, Teri Garr
Director:Stan Dragoti
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox
Genre:Comedy
Run time:91 minutes
MPAA rating:PG

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Parent Written byjessandgabesmom January 11, 2014
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Just beware language is more than just mild in parts...

There are at least two instances of the word Sh*t in this movie. I was a little surprised given that the rating on here said, "crap" and "jerk" were the worst. There is also "son of a b*tch". I really think they should update this. Just be aware if your kids are not used to hearing such language, as mine aren't.
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Too much swearing
Kid, 11 years old June 6, 2009
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8
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a dad acting like a mom

this is a funny movie, some kids won't find it funny, but i do.

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