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Mr. Mom (1983)
Sure, the notion of a man staying home to raise the kids while his wife goes off to work wouldn't cause you to bat an eyelash today. But in 1983, when Mr. Mom hit movie screens, Hughes offered up a plotline ripe for domestic hilarity and a cultural reconsideration of family gender roles. When Jack and Caroline Butler trade places—he loses his job at an automobile plant; she gets hired by an ad agency—they each take some time to hit their strides. Eventually, success catches up to them with unintended consequences. Though some of Hughes' thinking may seem outdated today, we remain in love with Michael's touching, hilarious interactions with the kids, not to mention funnyman Martin Mull as Caroline's boss. And we learned one valuable lesson: Never serve a baby chili.
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