Color us black and white – it’s almost Halloween! It’s this time of year when parents think of sharing with their kids the one ’80s horror comedy that seems appropriate – Beetlejuice! And, in the ’80s, the Tim Burton classic was considered a children’s film with special effects makeup and monster creations all wrapped up in a wacky comedy. (Doubt it was considered a kids film? There was an cartoon series spinoff featuring our lovable demon and young teen Lydia adventuring around the Netherworld.)
The film is a bit problematic in regard to kids and teens. On this episode of our podcast ’80s Movies: A Guide to What’s Wrong with Your Parents (listen here or on Stitcher, iTunes, and BlogTalkRadio), movie critics Tara McNamara (Gen X) and Riley Roberts (Gen Z) explore how this beloved Michael Keaton film poked fun at suicide at a time when it was at an all-time high for teens. The two also examine how it holds up in today’s environment.
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The 1983 Michael Keaton-Teri Garr comedy classic Mr. Mom is getting a 2019 makeover as a digital series on Vudu. It looks like the first of many as MGM inked a deal with the Walmart-powered streaming service to create content from their vast library with “Movies On Us,” which aims to compete with Netflix, Hulu and Amazon.
The original Mr. Momwas written by John Hughes and directed by Stan Dragoti. It was hilarious at the time because men were rarely stay-at-home dads in the ’80s, and it highlighted how women were becoming a part of the workforce. Now that women have careers and dads serve as equal partners in raising the kids, it may be a little harder to push that concept. But, they’re going to try! The series will actually revolve around the film’s toddler Megan, now grown up, taking a job and leaving her husband to tend to her little one.