Mr. Mom (1983) [review]

This is an early John Hughes script which already hinted at so much of what we loved about his storytelling, although this does suffer from not being in the right hands; the producers and director, which for me, didn’t quite fit the script. But saying that, there is so much to love about this film, in that it comments on the very familiar areas of our lives, in the lack of jobs and finding work can be harder to find than it should be… plus money is a little tight for the majority of the everyday people. Then, there are those in the work place who can be two faced and will stab you in the back at any and every chance they get.

It also looks at what takes to bring up a family when there seems to be no hope in sight. Jack (Michael Keaton) finding himself trying to figure out what it is he’s supposed to do when looking after his and his wife’s children. Realizing how much goes into everyday life at home, to the point where he finds himself not sure of himself any more.

Like many of John Hughes’ scripts, this is a look at people and what they go through when put in a situation they would rather not be in. In this case, Jack being fired, looking for work when there is very little work going around and therefore becoming depressed. Although, this film takes a more light hearted look at the situation; offering us moments which we can all recognise andasociate with.

Caroline Butler (Teri Garr) finding work faster than she and Jack expected and being great at the her job. Caroline finds herself in moments in which we see her boss be a little more hands on with her than he should. All the while Jack becomes friendly with the neighbourhood women who seem to have very little to do with their days, some of who seem be a little too interest in Jack.

All of which makes a comedy that is enjoyable and feels very early 1980s, while trying to say something, but not wanting to slap the audience hard in the face, presuming that we are smart enough to notice and have our own thoughts and feeling on the matter, all while entertaining us .

While Jack and Caroline’s children may seem mature for their age, it is grand to see them outsmarting the adults in certain situations.


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