What You Need To Know:
(L, V, S) 1 obscenity & 1 profanity; cartoonish violence that makes HOME ALONE look like PULP FICTION; and, implied intercourse between engaged couple.
MAN OF THE HOUSE, the latest live-action comedy from Walt Disney, would be a great family entertainment were it not for some objectionable lifestyle choices and a horribly written subplot. Sandy (Farrah Fawcett) and her eleven-year-old son, Ben (Jonathan Taylor Thomas), have been living happily on their own for five years since Ben’s father left them, an event portrayed in a poignant opening sequence. Their domestic bliss is interrupted by the entrance of Jack (Chevy Chase), a U. S. attorney with whom Sandy falls in love. Sandy asks Jack to move in with them, and he accepts, much to Ben’s dismay. However, Jack is an all around nice guy and spends most of the film trying to win Ben’s trust and affection. Ben is determined to manipulate this situation in order to get rid of Jack. Jack is determined to stick it out.
The scenario is set up very well, and writers Jim Orr and James Cruickshank logically explore the problems raised by the entrance of a step-parent into a family. The struggle between a boy and his stepfather-to-be is handled with humor and insight. However, the positive values portrayed are tarnished by an engaged couple’s cohabitation and implied sexual immorality. A ridiculous subplot, involving some gangsters’ seeking revenge, nearly sinks the movie with inept dialogue, cartoonish violence and cheap laughs