Work and Family in Movies and on TV

Baby Boom (1987), starring Diane Keaton, is a movie about an unmarried businesswoman who is completely focused on rising in her company and nothing else.  Then, a relative dies and she inherits a baby.  This is the story of how Keaton loses her job, finds her family, and then finds her own way to hit the big time in business.Big Love (2006-present) is a TV show on HBO starring Bill Paxton and Jeanne Tripplehorn.  It is the story of a family of closeted polygamists (one husband, three wives, and seven children) and their relationships with each other and their extended families.  The role of Tripplehorn as the “public wife” comes into play in many matters of business, and the lies that must be told to protect the family because of their business dealings is an ever-present theme.Cheaper by the Dozen (2003) is a film starring Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt.  It is the story of a family with 12 children and how having so many children impacts the careers of both of the parents.  Where the family lives and whether or not they should move for the sake of the dad’s career enter into the plot.Mr. Mom (1983) stars Michael Keaton and Teri Garr as working parents.  When Keaton loses his job, Garr supports the family and Keaton stays home with the kids.  Working-parent stereotypes are explored through the use of comedy.Something So Right (1996-1998) is a half-hour sitcom starring Mel Harris and Jere Burns as a newly-married couple with three children, two ex-husbands and one ex-wife between them.  It’s the story of how a blended family blends and how each parent makes his/her career work under the circumstances.