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Mr Mom

Year: 1983
Production Co: Sherwood Productions
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Stan Dragoti
Writer: John Hughes
Cast: Michael Keaton, Teri Garr, Jeffrey Tambor, Christopher Lloyd
One of Keaton's earliest and finest. You sometimes see an actor bringing much more personality and three-dimensional life to a character written on the page, and that's what he does here, with his scattershot delivery, smarmy charm and sardonic voice.

In hindsight it was a bit of a one-joke comedy as a working family man loses his job and so agrees to be a househusband as his wife brings home the bacon. But between his turning into an unshaven wreck watching soaps and resisting the advances of his hot neighbour and her sleazy boss coming on to her at work, it's a challenge.

Full of classic scenes - like Jack (Keaton) coming into the house with a chainsaw blaring to frighten Ron the sleazy boss - and big laughs that raise it above its slightly schmaltzy message.

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