Mr. Mom (1983)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Domestic Comedy, Satire  |   Release Date - Jul 22, 1983 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 92 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Jack Butler (Michael Keaton) is a Detroit automobile engineer unjustly fired by his boss. Jack's wife Caroline (Teri Garr) is compelled to get a job to make ends meet, and is soon hired on as an advertising executive in a firm run by the shifty Ron Richardson (Martin Mull). This leaves Jack at home doing the housework and taking care of the kids, which he discovers is a lot more complicated than he ever imagined. Moving from breadwinner to househusband doesn't do much for his self-esteem, and he bides his time playing poker for coupons with a gaggle of neighborhood housewifes and pondering infidelity with dedicated homewrecker Joan (Ann Jillian). Among Keaton's fish-out-of-water bits: trying to maneuver a shopping cart with the inevitable wobbly wheels; and imagining a soap opera/film-noir episode in which he gives in to Joan's advances, only to be found out by Caroline.

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househusband, family, advertising, child-rearing, boss [employer], housework, career, home, unemployment, role-switching, self-discovery, child