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Trading Mom (1994)

Three children have had it with their mother, and magically make her disappear. The kids then head out to the "Mommy Market" for a replacement mom.

Director:

Tia Brelis

Writers:

Nancy Brelis (novel), Tia Brelis (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sissy Spacek ... Mommy / Mama / Mom / Natasha
Anna Chlumsky ... Elizabeth
Aaron Michael Metchik ... Jeremy
Asher Metchik Asher Metchik ... Harry
Maureen Stapleton ... Mrs. Cavour
Merritt Yohnka ... Mr. Leeby
André the Giant ... Giant
Sean MacLaughlin Sean MacLaughlin ... Edward
Jemar Jefferson Jemar Jefferson ... Security
Nancy L. Chlumsky Nancy L. Chlumsky ... Dr. Richardson
Eleni Schirmer Eleni Schirmer ... Karate Girl
Fran Joseph ... Ninja Mom
Catherine Paolone ... Cookie Mom
Maria Fagan ... Creative Mom
Jane Beard Jane Beard ... Cleaning Mom
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Storyline

Elizabeth, Jeremy, and Harry Martin have had it with their workaholic, nagging mother and they get in trouble at school with bullies and almost smoking cigarettes. They go to this mysterious gardener named Mrs. Cavour and she tells the siblings about an ancient spell to make their mother disappear. That night they say the incantation and the next morning, they wake up and they find their mother is gone and they can't remember anything about her. Mrs. Cavour tells the children about the Mommy Market, a place in town where they had about every mother you could think of. When they go there, the Mommy Market had a policy where you could have 3 tokens to take a mother home. If they could not find a suitable mother by their third token, they could never go back. The mothers they pick are not what they hoped for and they feel lost without someone to look after them. They wanted their very own mother to love and they must think of a memory of their own to remember her and break the spell. Written by mountain91

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You can choose your pets...You can choose your friends...What if you could choose your relatives? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some barnyard humor | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mommy Market See more »

Filming Locations:

Richmond, Virginia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$68,570, 15 May 1994

Gross USA:

$319,123

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$319,123
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Last movie with André the Giant, who died a year before this movie's US release. See more »

Quotes

Elizabeth: ...You say the Mommy Market has been here since 1742?
Edward: That's the year it was established. It hasn't always been the way it is now. It used to be called the Parental Exchange, Female Division.
Harry Martin: Is there a Male Division - like, a Daddy Market we can go to?
Edward: You can go there instead. But nobody can go to both. That's always been disastrous.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits end with the repeated dialogue of Mr. Leeby the school principal shouting while being caught in the trap made for the raccoon. See more »

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Featured in At the Movies: The Worst Films of 1994 (1995) See more »

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I Feel Good
Written and Performed by James Brown
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Not the shot in the arm Sissy Spacek's career needed...
22 September 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

When I first heard about "Trading Mom"--Sissy Spacek as a harried single mother whose kids wish her completely away, replacing her with a series of substitutes, all portrayed by Spacek in different guises--I thought it sounded great, and just the boost Sissy's career needed. But what a disappointment "Trading Mom" turns out to be. Based on the book "The Mummy Market" by Nancy Brelis, and adapted by the film's director, Tia Brelis, the comedy is poorly-paced and produced, and features the kind of movie-kids that make your teeth ache. As for Spacek, she's fine (as always) but is defeated by the colorless script. Some brief flashes of wit, nothing more. *1/2 from ****


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