Jack (Michael Keaton) loses his position in a Detroit auto plant and must take over at home while his wife, Caroline (Teri Garr), goes out to earn their daily bread. He must cope with hassles with the kids, supermarket coupons and other predictable material. MR. MOM could have been a
telling look at the plight of the middle class during the economically depressed early 80s, but it soon becomes just another television-style sitcom that is only partly redeemed by the superior work of the actors. Despite its striking lack of originality, MR. MOM did well at the box office, due,
in part, to the meteoric rise of Keaton after his fine performance in NIGHT SHIFT.