Directed by Azazel Jacobs • 2008 • United States
Starring Matt Boren, Flo Jacobs, Ken Jacobs
Bumped from a flight back to Los Angeles and the life, wife, and infant daughter awaiting him there, Mikey (Matt Boren) returns to his childhood home, a cluttered, cocoon-like Manhattan loft presided over by his bohemian parents. “You can stay here as long as you want,” Mikey’s mother tells him. But in Azazel Jacobs’s MOMMA’S MAN, what begins as a respite from adult responsibility becomes a premature midlife crisis as, reinstalled in a household crammed with two generations of bric-a-brac, Mikey begins to drift back to an awkward youth he never outgrew. Casting his own parents—artist Flo Jacobs and underground-film legend Ken Jacobs—as Mikey’s benevolent mother and father and shooting in his real-life childhood home, Azazel Jacobs crafts a funny, touching, and bracingly honest look at the pleasures and perils of yearning for the imperfect past.