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      Man of the House

      PG Released Mar 3, 1995 1h 36m Kids & Family Comedy List
      13% Tomatometer 15 Reviews 33% Audience Score 50,000+ Ratings Despite having a dangerous criminal with a vendetta after him, attorney Jack Sturges (Chevy Chase) has a tougher adversary to worry about -- his girlfriend's son, Ben (Jonathan Taylor Thomas). As Sturges and Ben's mom, Sandy (Farrah Fawcett), become more serious, Ben increasingly ups his efforts to sabotage the relationship, since he has no intention of giving up his prime spot in the household dynamic. Sturges is determined to connect with Ben, but Ben is going to make him work for it. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Nell Minow Movie Mom Rated: 3/5 May 29, 2005 Full Review Alison Macor Austin Chronicle Rated: 2.5/5 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Entertainment Weekly Rated: D+ Mar 3, 1995 Full Review David Nusair Reel Film Reviews ...a lackadaisical, padded-out comedy that contains few agreeable elements... Rated: 2/4 Oct 11, 2023 Full Review Chuck O'Leary Fantastica Daily Rated: 2/5 Oct 9, 2005 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Jul 16, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Michael W This Disney movie was alright. Chevy Chase, Farrah Fawcett, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, George Wendt, and the rest of the cast did a decent job in this movie. The story of the movie was kind of entertaining and humorous. It's about protecting your family from pain and getting to know the new members of your family. If you haven't seen this movie yet, you may not enjoy it. I didn't like this movie very much. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 08/30/23 Full Review Michael M This is probably one of the very few roles where Chevy Chase plays a Vulnerable Character. Who's trying to a good stepfather to a kid who wants him gone. It's a good family flick. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 09/12/22 Full Review Audience Member At some point, Jonathan Taylor Thomas was a thing. So was Chevy Chase. And I guess so was Farrah Fawcett. So imagine all of them in a movie where JTT wants his mom to never marry again and Chevy wants to be the man that breaks that cycle of her never finding the right stepfather for her son and you have Man of the House. Becca loves this movie and asks to watch it frequently, which I figure has to do with the fact that we have a major age gap. Yet I watch it with her and enjoy how much she enjoys it. The battles between would-be father and son continue as they both join the Minotauk Indian Guides led by Chet Bronski (George Wendt). And oh yeah — a mobster and his son that Chevy's character sent to prison both want revenge. Somehow, Disney made this movie without cleaing C+C Music Factory's "Gonna Make You Sweat" and Enigma's "Return to Innocence" for the soundtrack. I have no idea how that happens. Director James Orr also made They Call Me Bruce, a movie that Becca woudl absolutely refuse to watch with me, as well as Mr. Destiny, a movie that she has also watch in the multiple dozens of times. Orr also dated Fawcett until he was convicted of misdemeanor battery after attacking her for allegedly refusing his marriage proposal. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member I may love this mostly for nostalgic reasons. I loved it as a kid, so I still do. Even when I do my best to take off the nostalgia goggles, I still think it's a cute, funny family film. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member I saw this movie as a kid and it was one of my favourites. I still enjoy watching it now and we cherish our DVD copy. Chevy Chase and JTT had great chemistry. Farrah Fawcett was lovely as Sandy, a beautiful snapshot of her at her best before more challenging years ensued. The supporting cast (George Wendt, David Shiner etc) were really funny, and helped give the movie a lot of meaning and poignancy, during a period of time when an increasing number of kids could relate to going through their parents' separation or divorce. ..And that swell of "Return to Innocence" at the end.. so good! This movie is definitely underrated! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review r 9 I think it's a very sweet film. Another Disney film from the 1990s that I and other reviewers evidently disagree on; an average rating of 2.2 on Letterboxd is very harsh, in my opinion. I found it charming and suitably acted. I assume the major dislike of this film is the secondary plot featuring Joey (Richard Portnow) & Co., which I would agree is unimaginative and ill-fitting. However, that doesn't affect my overall feelings. Another thing I see mentioned is the Native American stuff, I don't think it's fair to say it's "racist" - insensitive? potentially - if anything, it mentions a few times the negative depictions; somewhat surprisingly, for a 1995 release anyway. The story between Ben (Jonathan Taylor Thomas), Jack (Chevy Chase) and Sandy (Farrah Fawcett) is nice. It's simple, but it's one that works extremely well - I felt attached to them, they have good chemistry with each other. There's not much more to be said. I truly did enjoy 'Man of the House'. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Despite having a dangerous criminal with a vendetta after him, attorney Jack Sturges (Chevy Chase) has a tougher adversary to worry about -- his girlfriend's son, Ben (Jonathan Taylor Thomas). As Sturges and Ben's mom, Sandy (Farrah Fawcett), become more serious, Ben increasingly ups his efforts to sabotage the relationship, since he has no intention of giving up his prime spot in the household dynamic. Sturges is determined to connect with Ben, but Ben is going to make him work for it.
      Director
      James Orr
      Producer
      Bonnie Bruckheimer, Marty Katz
      Screenwriter
      David Peckinpah, Richard Jefferies, James Orr, Jim Cruickshank
      Distributor
      Buena Vista Pictures
      Production Co
      Walt Disney Pictures, All Girl Productions
      Rating
      PG (Mild Thematic Elements)
      Genre
      Kids & Family, Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Mar 3, 1995, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 18, 2014
      Runtime
      1h 36m
      Sound Mix
      Surround
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