Saturday, December 10, 2011

Day 8

Movie: Mr. Mom
Starring: Michael Keaton, Terri Garr
Genre: Comedy,
Year: 1983
Format: VHS

Plot: Jack has just lost his job, while his wife Carol has just gone back to work after being off for the last few years with the kids.  He has to suddenly learn how to run the household, take care of the kids, accept that his wife is doing better then he had been at work and keep the lusty neighbour away.

This movie, to say the lest, was decades before it's time.  The whole reason it worked so well when it did was the fact that this sort of arrangement was unheard of thirty years ago.  Not only did it help to cement the idea that it's okay to switch up the gender roles like this, but it also launched a genre of Mr. Mom styled movies {The Pacifier, Daddy Daycare, Are we there yet? }

It also incorporated the soap opera The Young and the Restless, helping to show both the length of time he's been off work and his slow decline into depression.

What do I think I learned from this film?
Sometimes you have to see yourself at your worst before you can see yourself at your best.  Never take for granted what you have now as it might all be turned inside out before you can say "Irve clean up in aisle seven" and Never feed a baby chilli

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