With the help of a talking freeway billboard, a "wacky weatherman" tries to win the heart of an English newspaper reporter, who is struggling to make sense of the strange world of early-90s Los Angeles.
Richard E. Grant
The story of the Buckman family and friends, attempting to bring up their children. They suffer/enjoy all the events that occur: estranged relatives, the "black sheep" of the family, the eccentrics, the skeletons in the closet, and the rebellious teenagers. Written by
Murray Chapman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The racing ground scene begins with a shot of a gray car and a black car about to set off down the track. After a shot of the green signal lights, the gray car changes to a red car. See more »
Student 1 at College:
Someone's gone to the roof of the bell tower with a rifle!
Dean at College:
It's Kevin Buckman! His father totally screwed him up!
Student 2 at College:
What's he yelling?
Kevin Buckman Age 21:
YOU MADE ME PLAY SECOND BASE!
[Yelling through a megaphone]
Son, I'm sorry. I did all the best I could.
[Kevin shoots the megaphone from his hands]
Nice shot, son! It's important to be supportive. Come on, let's sing one of the old tunes. "When you're sliding into home and your pants are full of foam, diarrhea..."
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At the end of the credits: "Caution: Inhaling of helium from balloons is dangerous, and can cause serious injury or death." See more »
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 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!
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