Mr. Mom (1983)
Mr. Mom is a 1983 American comedy film originally distributed by 20th Century Fox, directed by Stan Dragoti and produced by Lynn Loring, Lauren Shuler, and Aaron Spelling. It stars Michael Keaton (in his first lead role), Teri Garr, Jeffrey Tambor, Ann Jillian, Christopher Lloyd, and Martin Mull. A furloughed Detroit automotive engineer becomes a stay-at-home dad and takes care of three young children, as his wife returns to a career in the advertising industry as an executive at a large agency.Michael Keaton as Jack Butler
Teri Garr as Caroline Butler
Frederick Koehler as Alex Butler
Taliesin Jaffe as Kenny Butler
Courtney & Brittany White as Megan Butler
Martin Mull as Ron Richardson
Ann Jillian as Joan
Jeffrey Tambor as "Jinx" Latham
Christopher Lloyd as Larry
Graham Jarvis as Humphries
Carolyn Seymour as Eve
Miriam Flynn as AnnetteWhile working at Motown Productions, story editor and struggling producer Lauren Shuler read an article in National Lampoon written by John Hughes and kept in touch with him. One day, Hughes told Shuler about a disastrous experience he had looking after his two children in the absence of his wife, which Shuler found hilarious. After Hughes asked if that could make a good movie, she replied that "it sure sounds funny to me". Hughes wrote the film and flew to Los Angeles to rewrite the script with Shuler. As Hughes had a TV deal with Aaron Spelling, he brought him in as an executive producer. Studio executives at Universal Studios, unhappy that Hughes worked in Chicago and not Los Angeles, fired him, bringing in a group of TV writers to remake his script.
Ron Howard was offered the opportunity to direct the film but turned it down to do Splash.
At this point, the studio decided to turn the project into a feature film instead of a television movie. Shuler, who remained as a producer, said that while she liked the final product, she thought Hughes' original script was better. Shuler was told by a friend, agent Laurie Perlman, about "this guy who is really funny" whom she represented, Michael Keaton. After meeting Keaton and seeing his screen debut, 1982's Night Shift, Shuler sent the actor the Mr. Mom script.The film opened to limited release on July 22, 1983, with $947,197, earning the number 13 spot that weekend. Upon its wide release on August 19, 1983, a month later, it opened at number 3 with $4,279,384 behind Easy Money's opening weekend and Risky Business' third. Mr. Mom ended up earning $64 million in the US. Its success led Universal to sign a three-picture deal with Hughes for $30 million. Those three films he would later release for the studio were Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Weird Science.
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