Mikey, a thirty-something new father, drops in on his parents whilst on a business trip but hits an emotional impasse that frustrates his attempts to leave again. Back in the maternal bosom, and his parents' wonderfully old school-bohemian New York loft, Mikey regresses to the point of inertia in an attempt to avoid leaving the emotional security of his childhood home...once more.
A highly personal film, Azazel Jacobs cast his real life parents, avant-garde filmmakers Flo and Ken Jacobs, as Mikey's parents. The New York loft featured in the film is in fact their own.
Momma's Man is one of the more thoughtful and sympathetic additions to a loose genre of films from recent years, that have explored the unwillingness or inability of a particular generation of (mostly American) men to grow up.
Mikey easily qualifies for a place alongside recent examples of other on-screen almost-men, including Arrested Development's comically mollycoddled Buster (Tony Hale), and John C. Reilly and Will Ferrell's hilarious, though considerably less endearing, middle-aged still-at-homes in Step Brothers.
"Feels like an intensely personal consideration of the impermanence of things - not just childhood, but also neighbourhoods, cities, entire ways of life" - Variety