Pros: Keaton is by far the most versatile actor in Hollywood
Cons: Baby Diapers!
What started out as a joke seems to be turning into reality. More and more we are running into Mr. Mom's in the world but hopefully not with Keaton's problems. When Keaton loses his job at the auto plant, the wifey, Teri Garr, hits the pavement to earn the bacon. What Keaton doesn't realize are the day-to-day responsibilities of a home and children but he soon finds out.
Garr becomes more successful, she also becomes more distant from the home, the children and their daily life. Her success all culminates on a little out of town trip with the boss, Martin Mull, in a really hilarious hotel scene. Garr can swing a mean left hook! As Garr drifts away from the family, Keaton loses his sense of self worth and we find him slouching around unshaven in a dirty bathrobe and fuzzy slippers, staring at TV and playing poker with the girls'.
Interspersed throughout the move is Keaton facing his daily chores, becoming hooked on soap operas, setting up the daily poker game with the other moms using coupons and taking care of those kids. I almost lost it watching him with the vacuum, chasing that darn child's blanket all over the house, the overflowing washing machine, ironing' the grilled cheese sandwiches and the toxic waste dumps known as diapers. Him walking out of that bedroom with the baby in mid air and the clothes pin on his nose......geez, been there, done that!
Additionally it was funny when he starts to feel threatened by Mull and adopts his macho' role, staking his turf, so to speak, coming to the door in the morning in his robe, goggles and his power tools and making that inane comment about electricity.
Despite the serious undertones of this movie, it is a laugh a minute. Garr is probably one of the funniest actresses around. She just always seems to get into these perplexing situations and she carries off these parts so well. She has one of those faces that bring both laughter and sympathy forth. Her interaction with Mull in the hotel room was priceless.
Mull always seems to be one step above a low-life scum and in this movie he is no different. I like the way he always tries to appear so cool' and together and things just fall apart on him. Ann Jillian and Edie McClurg were great as fellow SAHM's. Jullian was quite insightful and offered a lot of "help" to Keaton in his new role and the sexual overtones between her and Keaton were very funny, especially the dream sequences.
Michael Keaton remains the #1 star in the movie. He seems to have the ability to fully adapt to any script or situation that is presented to him, without flaw. I find him not only a wonderfully comedic actor but a serious one as well. See his comedy roots in Night Shift and his serious side in My Life, you will not be disappointed.
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