November 9, 2014

Don't Take Life Too Seriously: Mr. Mom (1983)

Everyone goes through trials and tribulations. For me, depending on what the "trial" is, I tend to handle things in one of three ways: immediately go into solution mode (which typically happens in a really big crisis or crises involving other people), freak out or laugh it off. To me that's ok because at least I admit I'm not perfect when it comes to dealing with life. Nor should my admission of this take away from the fact that I'm truly a responsible person and am often considered the go-to person in my extended family. Sure, I could use a little more grace sometimes when it comes to dealing with things, but even with years of practice with trials, I still need to be reminded from time to time that I shouldn't take life too seriously. Neither should you. The reason being, we can't change the fact that we as living organisms will always have trials, but what we can change is how we handle them when they arise. One of the reasons I love the movie Mr. Mom (1983) is because it hilariously portrays the trials and tribulations that can arise in our lives and drives home the importance of learning to loosen up as a result.

In the movie, Mr. Mom (1983), Jack Butler (Michael Keaton) is an engineer who loses his job at the Ford Motor Company at the same time his wife Caroline (Teri Garr) is re-entering the workforce, which forces him into becoming a stay-at-home dad. Although Jack was known for his quick thinking and was used to excelling on the job, he quickly learned that managing a household is a different ball game; especially when the unpredictability of children is a part of the situation. Even Caroline had her share of trials and tribulations as she struggled with her confidence on her new job, despite her obvious talent and incessant harassment from her boss.

In true John Hughes comedic fashion, Jack's attempt at adjustment to his new life sparked some of the biggest laughs during the movie, particularly when he interacted with his children and attempted to wrangle multiple repair persons that showed up at his house at the same time. Unfortunately for him, after losing sight of his priorities, he briefly lost his way resulting in a full on meltdown. It happens, right?

In the end, Jack and Caroline were able to get back on the same page and eliminate any and all outside threats to their family life and marriage. They also learned a lot about themselves and their relationship, which made them stronger. Although the movie is a comedy, I think one of the biggest lessons we can all take away is that we shouldn't take life too seriously. Things will always go wrong, so you might as well laugh it off and roll with it.

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