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Plot: The Buckmans are a midwestern family all dealing with their lives: estranged relatives, raising children, pressures of the job, and learning to be a good parent and spouse. Runtime: 124 mins Release Date: 02 Aug 1989
This is one of Ron Howard's triumphs, and one of the best movies about family relationships.It's got a dream cast and reads like a who's who of popular 80's actors-Steve Martin, Mary Steenburgen, Keanu Reeves,Dianne Wiest, Martha Plimpton, Tom Hulce, Harley Kozak, Rick Moranis-and the terrific Jason Robards and an outstanding albeit young Joaquin Phoenix. All give phenomenal performances that were tailor made for them. Who else but Steve Martin could be Cowboy Gil? And who but Dianne Wiest could portray a tough as nails, but sweetly feminine single mother? And who else but <more>
Keanu Reeves and Martha Plimpton could have been the Romeo and Juliet wannabes Todd and Julie? Some of the situations in the film could seem far-fetched, but the likability of the cast is so immense that you just have to take it as it comes. They make the script work, and Ron Howard's direction is superb.I have seen this movie several times through the years, and it never gets old, it just gets better. This is absolutely one to own!
Parenthood is the most realistic look at family ever put on film, the film is absolutely brilliant in its portrayal of its characters and there lives. The screenplay is just brilliant. The performances are also fantastic, particularly by Steve Martin and Rick Moranis, what a surprise. Diane Weist, Joaquin Pheonix, Keanu Reaves and others are also very good in their respective roles. Ron Howards direction is very good, he has rarely done better, and has never made a better movie than Parenthood. It is truly flawless, and absolutely brilliant. You need to see this movie, it is perfect, <more>
hilarious, realistic, and one of the best comedies ever to be made.
This movie is a must-see movie for everybody. It's a million out of 10. I became an aunt on Christmas Eve, 2002, before that I loved the movie, but now becoming an aunt and spending my life with a little guy, I understand this movie more. My parents love the movie, because they can understand what the cast is going through. This was the best Steve Martin movie that I have ever seen in my entire life. The supporting cast is phenomenal, Keanu Reeves, Mary Steenburgen, Dianne Weist, Rick Moranis and many others. I think this is one of the first Keanu movies that I've seen, besides Bill <more>
and Ted's Excellent Adventure, and man doesn't Keanu look so sexy with the shaggy look, he's excellent in this movie. The movie revolves around the life of the whole Buckman family, it includes many different relationships too like siblings, grandparents, parents, boyfriend and girlfriend, cousins, aunts and uncles. This movie is the perfect movie because it's about a family that's just like everybody else's family, and it explains to you what parenthood is all about.
parenting 101 and a graduate course (by wotrwokr-1)
there are movies that entertain... enlighten... challenge... confuse.parenthood is a movie that will be more and more a classic as YOU move through life. it's a look at family-life and how we do the right things and the wrong things as we move from the "parentED" to the "parentERS". as lead-pastor of a church that is dedicated to serving 19 to 29 year olds, this is one movie that is as much a teaching lesson as it is entertainment. when one looks to learn, there are many notes to be taken here. equally entertaining, the whole ensemble is stellar as it portrays the <more>
inner workings of the buckman family tree. the 4 children of the patriarch and matriarch have grown and are now dealing with the parenting world first hand. they deal with the issues we all do: workaholism, divorce, "super"parenting, self-promotion, etc. as their circles of life intersect and they always do... , all the family members come to some conclusions... between over-parenting and under-parenting, there's a place where love resides in all of its splendor and strain. love HAS to win the day... even when those we love do and act they way that troubles us. life is an eXpedition:... where we can struggle through it alone, or in with the support of others... but we're definitely going to have to be moving forward. "parenthood" reminds us all of the journey we're on. as parents we really cannot live FOR our children... for really, we ALL are children... still learning and making mistakes along the way. we recognize that what we really need in our lives are people who will love us all along the way. we then realize this is what our children need as well. the movie has so many deeply poignant, yet roll-on-the-floor funny moments. two of many favorites: when the patriarch jason robards talking to steve martin realizes that his job as father never ends... "there is no end, you never cross the goal line, spike the ball and do your touchdown dance, never... i'm 64 and larry is 27... and he's still my son, like kevin is your son... you think i want him to get hurt?... he's my son". also when grandma explains life to her joy of a roller-coaster over a merry-go-round... "that a ride could make me so frightened, so scared, so sick, so excited and so thrilled all together... some didn't like it... they went on the merry-go-round... that just goes around... nothing... i like the roller-coaster... you get more out of it". life is seen as it's best understood... an amusement park that we all are going through. our perspective and our faith are the important factors.to me, this movie is way more then entertainment... it's a blessing. it will teach... if we are willing to learn.enjoy... and take good notes, ron
Good performances from a lot of good actors (by d858thompson)
This is a classic ensemble film. It has an amazing cast of very talented people. I wonder how they got so lucky to get so many really good actors together with such varied films behind them. Steve Martin does a really good job and never has a bad moment in the film but the rest of the cast is great. Easily, one of Keanu Reeves' best early films. Joaquin Phoenix is great in his role. Dianne Wiest is priceless and has some really good scenes, including those with her daughter Martha Plimpton. Whatever happened to Martha Plimpton by the way? She was great in this and in "Running on <more>
Empty." Who plays that grandmother? She's great! Mary Steenburgen, Rick Moranis... Goes on and on. And the great Jason Robards. One of the finest actors this world has ever known. This is really a good movie about families - the good and bad side of them and some great moments about fatherhood. This is really, really a good movie and one that can be appreciated by so many people. A good rental - a good family movie. Go for it!
Excellent mix of comedy and drama. (by Boba_Fett1138)
This might very well be the most balanced- and excellent mix of drama and comedy I have ever seen. I already loved "Parenthood" when I was a kid and I perhaps love it even more now as a grownup, when I recently watched it again.Perhaps the greatest strength of this movie is in its realism. Sure every character and event in the movie are somewhat silly and over-the-top but yet they also feel like very real problems and persons at the same time. This due to the great portrayal of the drama elements in the movie. These are real, recognizable or not, family-issues portrayed in this <more>
movie. It handles some delicate subjects but never without a smile as well. It makes this movie both touching and warm to watch, as well as fun and amusing.Reason why both the dramatic and comical elements all work so well is also thanks to the cast. The movie has many well known actors in it. Tom Hulce especially impressed me and also Steve Martin was a great leading man, from the period when he was still funny in movies. Solid as always were Mary Steenburgen and Dianne Wiest. Rick Moranis surprisingly doesn't play a loser this time but he still is a nutty character in the movie. He shows in this movie that he also has some real acting skills. Keanu Reeves is also good in his role, from the period when he appeared mostly in just comedies. The still very young Joaquin Phoenix also plays a great and quite big role in the movie.It has some totally unforgettable moments in it, both comedy-wise as in its drama. It all makes this movie one of the most warm and subtle movies ever made. It doesn't try to be funny, it doesn't try to be melodramatic. The end result of it all is an extremely well balanced and crafted mix of drama and comedy that works on both levels. You can watch this movie as a drama or as a comedy, so fans of both the genre will be pleased with this movie that surely does not disappoint in any way.An early subtle Ron Howard masterpiece, that is criminally underrated here on IMDb.9/10http://bobafett1138.blogspot.com/
Parenthood is a thoroughly enjoyable comedy drama that you feel doesn't take as many convenient short cuts as many family movies do. Everyone has a colorful family to some extent; most I hope are full of good natured people but there are always rotten apples floating around.Director Ron Howard puts many lives on display and different challenges each one faces and every one of these inspections have something to offer. Steve Martin's reactions to his older son's adjustment problems are very well realized, with many humorous moments, to be sure, but at the core is a maturely <more>
handled and moving segment, and Martin has rarely been better.Diane Wiest's family drama consists of her inability to communicate properly to her two teenage children; the daughter a temperamental rebel with a "loser" boyfriend, the son a nearly recluse loner with raging hormones who thinks something is wrong with him what guy hasn't been there at least once? . Superb performances form Wiest and yes, surprisingly Keanu Reeves really fuel this story which never loses itself despite seeing many humorous aspects in a rather depressing household.Jason Robards plays the family father who hasn't been all that good to his children since...well ever, and he faces a tough assignment when he has to admit to himself that one of his children, who has learned the most from him, is heading into disaster fast. The scene where he asks Steve Martin for advice is a moving scene in so many ways; it's never too late for an old dog to learn new tricks.Rick Moranis's tale of his insanely intellectual daughter is my least favorite but it does have a very charming conclusion. And that granny is priceless.Parenthood may be even better for those who have children and can identify with some situations depicted here but as for me, I think I can learn a thing or two for years to come.
I watched this straight after "Doom" because that was the compromise with my wife!To my amazement, I actually enjoyed this flick more.As a film of it's type, this film is pretty perfect.Nice to See Steve Martin when he was still funny. Moranis and Robards are perfectly cast and Keanu Reeves is equally well cast as, well, Keanu Reeves - a role at which he traditionally excels!Not too schmaltzy which is a common failing with American family dramas and the kids were not "cute" in that bratty, obnoxious or sickly saccharine way that American kids are so often <more>
Excellent Ron Howard Film If Such a Thing Is Possible (by evanston_dad)
Ron Howard has been directing such deadly bores for so long now that it's easy to forget he once showed promise. During the 1980s, he made his best films, because he wasn't trying to make them IMPORTANT. First came "Splash," an utterly winning comedy that made a star out of Tom Hanks, and then "Parenthood," a well-written ensemble dramedy about navigating the tricky waters of child rearing that features a fantastic cast.Steve Martin and Mary Steenburgen anchor the film as the grounded, reliable married couple at the film's center, with much of the comedy being <more>
supplied by Dianne Wiest, playing Martin's sister, and Rick Moranis, playing his type-A brother-in-law. Wiest especially steals the show as a divorcée at her wit's end trying desperately to keep her wild child daughter Martha Plimpton and recluse son a young Joaquin Phoenix in check.The film also features Tom Hulce, excellent as yet a fourth sibling with a gambling addiction, and the expert Jason Robards, as the tyrannical family patriarch.The film is episodic in nature, full of beautifully realized individual moments. The only thing I could have done without is Randy Newman's atrocious theme song.Grade: A