Mr. Nanny

Mr. Nanny is a 1993 American family comedy film starring professional wrestler Hulk Hogan.[2] The working title of the film was Rough Stuff, and David Johansen also recorded a song by that name for the film.[3][4]

Mr. Nanny
Official DVD cover
Directed byMichael Gottlieb
Written byMichael Gottlieb
Edward Rugoff
Produced byRobert Engelman
CinematographyPeter Stein
Edited byEarl Ghaffari
Michael Ripps
Music byDavid Johansen
Brian Koonin
Distributed byNew Line Cinema (US)
Release date
April 2, 1993
October 8, 1993
Running time
84 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$10 million[citation needed]
Box office$4.3 million[1]


Sean Armstrong (Hulk Hogan) is a former wrestler living in Palm Beach, Florida and suffering from wrestler-days' nightmares. Burt Wilson (Sherman Hemsley), Sean's friend and former manager, has a bum leg from saving Sean's life and financial difficulties with his personal security business. With much whining and acting, Burt manages to persuade Sean to take a bodyguard job for Alex Mason Sr. (Austin Pendleton), the head of the prestigious tech firm, Mason Systems, which is developing a new anti-missile system, the Peacefinder Project. The vital information for this project is stored on a microchip. But it is neither the inventor nor the chip Sean has to guard - he is to look after the two Mason kids: Alex Jr. (Robert Gorman) and Kate (Madeline Zima).

As it turns out, Alex and Kate are two highly mischievous brats who vie for their often-too-absent father's attention by wreaking havoc in the household via elaborate and rather vicious pranks and booby-traps, with their specialty targets being the nannies he has assigned to take care of them (Alex Sr. is a widower). Sean witnesses the last nanny jumping into the fountain in front of the house to extinguish the fire in her hair. However, their father proves to be either too distracted or too lenient, which causes the children to continue their schemes. Thinking that he is a new (albeit unusual) replacement, they find a new target in Sean. But after one prank too many, which involves a swimming pool full of red dye ("the Pit of Blood"), Sean finally exerts his authority and not only gets to quiet Alex and Kate down, he also manages to open the eyes of their father to his family problems, as well as bonding with the kids and managing to help them sort out problems of their own.

However, the real trouble has just started. The unscrupulous and vain Tommy Thanatos (David Johansen) is after Alex Sr.'s chip, and he will not stop at anything to get it. As it turns out, Sean and Burt had been once at the receiving end of one of his schemes: he had ordered them to throw a match, and when they had not complied, he attempted to shoot them. However, Burt threw himself in front of Sean, taking the bullet in his right leg (thus his bum leg); Sean had chased Thanatos to the roof of the stadium, and after a furious fight Thanatos ended up plunging head-first into an empty pool. This accident fractured the top of his skull, forcing the attachment of a steel skullplate and removing part of his afro of which he was so proud.

Thanatos kidnaps Alex Sr. with the help of Frank Olsen (Raymond O'Connor), the corrupt security chief of Mason Systems (who is disposed of en route to the hideout), and demands of him to hand over the chip. When Alex Sr. (who stowed the chip in Kate's doll) refuses, Thanatos has Alex and Kate kidnapped in order to force him to comply. Despite a valiant effort, Sean is overpowered and Burt is taken as well, giving Thanatos an unexpected revenge bonus. But Sean manages to track down Thanatos, and with the help of his friends is able to beat the villains. As Thanatos prepares to charge Sean, Alex Sr. and the children activate an improvised electromagnet to launch him into the night sky, leaving only his skullplate.

The movie ends with Sean preparing to take a leave of absence from the Masons. But Alex and Kate intend to have him back much sooner - and therefore Sean falls victim to yet another prank.



Box officeEdit

The film grossed $4.3 million at the box office.[citation needed]

Critical responseEdit

The film was poorly received by critics. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an approval rating of 6% based on reviews from 16 critics.[5]

Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times says the premise has potential but that the film is "needlessly crass and lethally heavy-handed"[6] Chris Hicks of the Deseret News calls the film "a silly kiddie flick that retreads territory better covered by "Mr. Mom," "Home Alone" and any number of clones." He calls the film predictable and finds the comic mayhem difficult to recommend for children.[7][8][9]


  1. ^ "Mr. Nanny (1993) - Financial Information". The Numbers (website).
  2. ^ "Mr. Nanny: Yet another Hulk Hogan disaster of a film, this time with the Orange Goblin being tortured by nerdy children". Retrieved 2011-12-10.
  3. ^ "Mr. Nanny (1993) : Release info". Retrieved 2013-10-23.
  4. ^ "Mr. Nanny (1993) : Soundtracks". Retrieved 2013-10-23.
  5. ^ "Mr. Nanny (1993)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2019-03-19.
  6. ^ Kevin Thomas (1993-10-11). "Movie : Hulk Hogan Is 'Mr. Nanny' in a Heavy-Handed Comedy". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2013-10-29. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
  7. ^ Chris Hicks (1993-10-13). "Film review: Mr. Nanny". Deseret News. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
  8. ^ "Mr. Nanny". Variety. 1993-10-11. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
  9. ^ Jane Horwitz (1993-10-13). "'Mr. Nanny' (PG)". Washington Post. Retrieved 2019-03-02.

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