Comedian Michael Keaton burst onto the big screen in the summer of 1982 with his scene stealing performance in Ron Howard’s mortuary comedy “Night Shift” and a year later he would become a bonafide movie star in “Mr. Mom.”
Released in 1983 “Mr. Mom” became an instant box office smash taking in over 60 million dollars. The film also spawned many memorable and quotable lines such as… “Two-Twenty, Two-Twenty One, whatever it takes,” “You’re doing it wrong,” “Money makes him crazy” and “Give me the woobie.” The film was written by a then unknown writer by the name of John Hughes. Hughes of course would go on to be the king of the 80’s movie scene with hits such as “The Breakfast Club,” “Sixteen Candles” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”
The tropes in the film are dated by today’s standards but are executed with precision comic timing making the laughs timeless.
The video transfer is superb and the film actually looked better then I have ever seen it. The sound however does have a few echoey portions during some scenes but for a film that was most likely a low budget production when it was originally produced this Blu-Ray is a must have.
Bonus features include the original theatrical trailer and a 36 minute documentary called “A Look Back At Mr. Mom.” Sadly the documentary doesn’t include any of the heavy hitters such as Keaton, Teri Garr or Martin Mull. Instead, we get the B-Team made up of Producer Lauren Shuler Donner, co-stars Ann Jillian, Miriam Flynn and then child stars Frederick Koehler and Taliesin Jaffe. Their insights are nice but at almost 40 minutes long, this seems like over kill without the stars. In the future it would be nice if the actors who have made it into the big leagues would agree to be interviewed about the smaller films that made them household names.
If you don’t remember when Michael Keaton was a comedy star or just how funny small comedies used to be, then it’s time to pick up a copy of “Mr. Mom,” still a classic 34 years later!
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