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Picks and Pans Review: Man of the House

updated 03/20/1995 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/20/1995 01:00AM

Chevy Chase, Farrah Fawcett, Jonathan Taylor Thomas

Once you get past the fact—and it's a stumbling block—that a bunch of white guys are dressing as Native Americans and giving themselves names like Squatting Dog, this comedy is an inoffensive bit of fluff chronicling the growing bond between a kid and his prospective stepfather.

Chase, oddly subdued here, plays a prosecuting attorney in Seattle smitten with a divorced artist (Fawcett). Trying to sabotage the relationship is her truculent 11-year-old son {Home Improvement's Thomas), who talks Chase into joining the YMCA's Indian Guides, a program in which fathers and sons, wearing headfeathers and moccasins, whoop it up and take camping trips. Thomas's shaky strategy is that Chase will get so fed up with all the powwowing that he will walk out on Thomas and Fawcett. Chase turns the tables by enlisting a Native American lawyer pal (Chief Leonard George) to teach the troop an authentic rain dance, archery and other tribal ways, thus providing a neat lesson on the difference between mere dress-up and learning to appreciate another culture. (PG)

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