Movie Review: MR. MOM (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray

MR. MOM was directed by Stan Dragoti from a screenplay by John Hughes and stars Michael Keaton, Teri Garr, Martin Mull, Ann Jillian, Frederick Koehler, Taliesin Jaffe, Miriam Flynn, Jeffrey Tambor, and Christopher Lloyd.

“Take it easy on daddy. Remember he’s only a rookie.” Inspired, in part, by writer John Hughes’ own life lessons as a clueless stay-at-home father. While Caroline Butler (Teri Garr) re-enters the workforce and becomes the rising star of her advertising agency, her newly unemployed husband Jack (Michael Keaton) finds himself a new job … as a stay-at-home dad! But if Jack thinks his old career in the automotive industry was tough, he has no idea what’s waiting for him at home: the ins and outs of dropping the kids off at school, soap operas, woobies, babies with chili, a clean-up on aisle seven and a vacuum cleaner named “Jaws.” Not to mention the seedy neighborhood drama!

A recession hit so many families in the early 80’s and it put a lot of hardworking men out of work where they saw their wives entering the work force to help make ends meet. Jack is a hot shot automobile engineer who gets fired by his sleazy boss so his wife Caroline decides to look for a job and ends up getting hired before Jack finds a new one. They had a little bet on who would find a job first and Caroline won. Jack is left at home to take care of the kiddos, do the grocery shopping, learn to cook, fight the vacuum cleaner and watch soaps. So, it’s pretty much a complete role reversal as well as a shocking learning experience for the husband and wife team.

Caroline quickly moves up the ladder at her new job and becomes an all-star executive but her boss has the hots for her and it makes things extremely uncomfortable. Jack on the other hand finds himself a new group of poker buddies but they’re all female and one of them has her eyes focused on Jack. Jack does’t like the attention Caroline is getting from her new boss and she doesn’t like the attention he’s getting from his new poker buddies. Jack also goes through a little but of a slump and lets things go for a while but he gets some much needed motivation and ultimately gets things back on track. The couple’s marriage is put to the test but in the end they both rediscover how important they are to each other and how much their family really means to them.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the all-new artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features its own individual artwork. The reverse sleeve features some original artwork so you have your choice of which side you’d like to use as the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, it’s been such a long time since I had watched Mr. Mom and I totally enjoyed revisiting it. This is a classic 80’s comedy from the mind of John Hughes who cranked out so many good movies over the years and this one deals with family and the hard times they go through. I know Michael Keaton did quite a few comedies in his early years and does a fantastic job with his character plus there’s a great supporting cast that also contributes to the laughs. The story is all about a family being put to the test and doing whatever it takes to beat the odds and survive. There are some hilarious moments throughout the watch that shows how this husband handles things at home just a little differently than his wife would. It’s a complete culture shock for both of them and the viewer is the one who is rewarded with the laughs. This 1983 comedy classic is the latest entry from Shout! Factory’s new Shout Select line that arrives on a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray on September 5th and is worth checking out.

Distributor: Shout! Factory

Run Time: 91 Minutes

Rated: PG

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0 / English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English

Special Features: The extras include an all-new cover illustration, brand-new interviews with producer Lauren Shuler Donner with co-stars from the movie as well as the original theatrical trailer.

  • *NEW* An Interview With Producer Lauren Shuler Donner and co-stars (36:00)
  • Original Theatrical Trailer (01:31)



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