Review: ‘Mr. Mom’

The comic talents of Michael Keaton and Teri Garr are largely wasted in Mr Mom, an unoriginal romantic comedy where breadwinner-husband and homemaker wife switch roles.

The comic talents of Michael Keaton and Teri Garr are largely wasted in Mr Mom, an unoriginal romantic comedy where breadwinner-husband and homemaker wife switch roles.

Though Keaton and Garr occasionally manage to evoke some pathos and laughs, it’s an uphill battle that is won solely on the strength of their individual personalities.

Keaton, close to perfection as the husband and father depressed by unemployment but always a sport with his family, is already a known bundle of comic energy. But he especially shines here in some more dramatic moments with his children.

Garr, as always, is a delight to watch though it would be nice to see her in a role where she wasn’t someone’s wife or mother. Still, her inspired double takes continue to say more than pages of dialog while her keen timing helps somewhat in the more beleaguered scenes.

Mr. Mom

Production

Sherwood/20th Century-Fox. Director Stan Dragoti; Producer Lynn Loring, Lauren Shuler, Harry Colomby; Screenplay John Hughes; Camera Victor J. Kemper; Editor Patrick Kennedy; Music Lee Holdridge; Art Director Alfred Sweeney

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1983. Running time: 91 MIN.

With

Michael Keaton Teri Garr Frederick Koehler Taliesin Jaffe Courtney & Brittany White Christopher Lloyd
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