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Wednesday, 22 December 2004
Meet the F$%ckers
Topic: movies
I saw the movie

I heard a knowing giggle from my two boys as we were walking into the movie "Lemony Snickets:  A Series Of Unfortunate Events".  They were covering their mouths, trying to hold on to their secret.  I looked down at them and nearly ran into their inside joke. It was a huge poster for the Meet the Fuckers Fockers movie.   I could read their minds.  I have an excuse to say a near swear word!  Ok, hurray for Universal Studios for good marketing, but that's not why I'm writing about the movie.  Dustin Hoffman plays an at-home dad in the flick. With the tonnage of reviews, what would the critics call him?  A Mr. Mom or a stay-at-home dad?   The most widely distributed movie reviews were  from AP Movie Writer David Germain and Reuters reporter Sheri Linden. Checking  both sources, they decided to use the stay-at-home dad term. The Boston Globe and the Chicago Tribune, (also widely syndicated)  followed suit. The only major reporter using Mr Mom so far was  NewsDay's Gene Seymour.  It was refreshing to finally see an absence of the Michael Keaton descriptor from the major news outlets.  It could be an early indicator that the media may lighten up a bit  in next year Father's Day articles. Below are the early results and links (more reviews will be out today and into the weekend).

  Source  Writer   Term Used
Associated Press   David Germain
  AP Movie Writer
 stay-at-home dad
Reuters   Sheri Linden  stay-at-home dad
Boston Globe   Ty Burr, Globe Staff    stay-at-home dad
Chicago Tribune    stay-at-home dad
New York Post  Kim Burnes  stay-at-home dad
Lincoln Journal Star  L. Kent Wolgamcott  stay-at-home dad
NewsDay   Gene Seymour  Mr Mom

Posted by athomedad at 11:22 AM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 22 December 2004 12:58 PM EST
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