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Mr. Mom

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Kick back, enlarge the screen and SHARE this movie on your socials so others can laugh the night away.  Look out 1983,  here we come

Written by John Hughes, it stars a very young Michael Keaton who was coming off of his 1982 debut and hit movie “Night Shift” directed by Ron Howard.  If you forgot about that movie, it’s the one where Keaton stars opposite ‘The Fonz”, Henry Winkler along with Shelley Long, Bobby De Cicco and some unknowns at the time including a very young Richard Belzer, Shannon Doherty, Ola Ray (who went on to “Thriller” fame as Michael Jackson’s girlfriend) in the music video and more.  Winkler plays a morgue attendant who is talked into running a brothel out of the morgue after a deceased pimp is sent there. However, the pimp’s killers don’t look too kindly on this new ‘business’, nor does the morgue’s owner.

Like Night Shift, Mr. Mom features an amazing cast including Teri Garr, Martin Mull, Christopher Lloyd alongside a stellar group of supporting actors.

Michael Keaton plays a husband and father who loses his job as an engineer at the auto manufacturing plant. After struggling to find another job, his wife lands a high paying position at an advertising agency. While she goes to the office each day, he stays home to take care of the house and the children. As she is climbing the ladder of success at work, he puts great effort into becoming a hopelessly inept househusband.

While working at Motown Productions, story editor and struggling producer Lauren Shuler read an article in National Lampoon written by John Hughes, and decided to keep 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.

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, declared that while she liked the final product she thought Hughes’ original script was better.)

Shuler was told by her 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 decided to send the actor the Mr. Mom script.

Hughes would get the last laugh though, proving how little most in Hollywood have an eye for talent, Mr. Mom ended up earning $64 million domestically.  It was that success that 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 CandlesThe Breakfast Club, and Weird Science.

Other actors considered for the lead role included Chevy Chase, Michael Douglas, Steve Martin, and John Travolta. In turn, Karen Allen, Jane Curtin, Farrah Fawcett, and Sally Field were considered for the role of Caroline before it ultimately went to Teri Garr.

On October 10, 2018, it was announced that MGM and Walmart’s streaming service Vudu was developing a television adaptation of the 1983 film, which will serve as a continuation of the film following an adult Megan Butler heading back into the workforce while her husband takes over the parental duties of their two children.

The series serves as the first original series for the streaming service and stars Andrea Anders and Hayes MacArthur as Megan and Greg Anderson respectively, and premiered on September 12, 2019.

Source: Sal Amato


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