Jack Butler (Michael Keaton) is a Detroit automobile engineer unjustly fired by his boss. Jack's wife Caroline (Teri Garr) is compelled to get a job to make ends meet, and is soon hired on as an advertising executive in a firm run by the shifty Ron Richardson (Martin Mull). This leaves Jack at home doing the housework and taking care of the kids, which he discovers is a lot more complicated than he ever imagined. Moving from breadwinner to househusband doesn't do much for his self-esteem, and he bides his time playing poker for coupons with a gaggle of neighborhood housewifes and pondering infidelity with dedicated homewrecker Joan (Ann Jillian). Among Keaton's fish-out-of-water bits: trying to maneuver a shopping cart with the inevitable wobbly wheels; and imagining a soap opera/film-noir episode in which he gives in to Joan's advances, only to be found out by Caroline. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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I LOVE this funny, feel good movie. Michael Keaton is so believable and lovable in this role and shows that he is, indeed, a natural comedian.
Terri Garr is excellent...even the child actors are great! You can't help but love the whole family and relate to them.
The whole movie just flows.
Definitely one of my most favorite movies.
There wasnt any convoluted plots, any dark sinister tumbles, any overplayed characters, or even any wildly confusing settings. This was a very simple film and it worked at every level. With the simplistic nature of the film, you could easily fall in love or feel a connection with Keatons Jack. The family, although fabricated by Hollywood, seemed like one of your own or at least one that is not too far away from your own. There was a sense of ownership with this film that is missed in todays cinema. The chemistry between Garr and Keaton only helped add more enjoyment to this film. The continual motherly things that Garr did while not at home were not just funny, but somehow poignant. Simply put, Keaton does fantastic as the stay at home mom. He combines moments of Uncle Buck with the pensive nature of Steve Martin. He is a comic, while Hollywood seems to dub him for other roles. All I know is that I loved this film and cannot wait to watch it again.