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Parenthood (1989)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 26 May 1989 (USA)
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.

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Susan (as Harley Kozak)
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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 <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Comedy | Drama

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26 May 1989 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,506,450, 4 August 1989, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$100,047,830
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Director Ron Howard's daughter Bryce Dallas Howard as a little girl, can be seen as an extra in the audience of the children's play. She would later star alongside Joaquin Phoenix (Lucius Hunt) in The Village (2004). See more »

Goofs

The St. Louis Cardinals game they were attending was a spring training game. The Cardinals hold their spring training in Florida, so there is no geographical continuity error involving the Cardinals game. See more »

Quotes

Susan: Patty, why don't you play with Justin?
Patty: I don't understand what he's doing.
Susan: Well, he's... spinning.
Patty: What for?
Susan: Uh... no reason, just for fun.
Patty: It doesn't look like fun.
Nathan: It isn't.
Susan: [gives Nathan a funny look] You tried it?
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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 »

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Referenced in Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010) See more »

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Pigs In Zen
Written by Eric Avery, Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro (as David Navarro), and Stephen Perkins
Performed by Jane's Addiction
Produced by Dave Jerden and Perry Farrell
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A Sweet, warm-hearted, and subtle comedy
20 September 2002 | by See all my reviews

One of the things I like about this movie is its...lack of obnoxiousness. Other comedies throw their scenes in your face with little tact and no subtlety, but not so with this movie. Not to say that it isn't funny. It's absolutely hilarious! But the main thing that appeals to me about Parenthood is the warm heart that is at the center of it all. These characters have nuanced, complicated, and not overly dramatic problems. Just like REAL PEOPLE, and unlike many of the one-faceted characters seen in movies today.

And what better actor to play Gil than Steve Martin? A comedic genius, Martin is capable of playing anything from slimy to sincere, conforming perfectly to his role, and it helps that he's not a cynic. Also watch for great appearances by Tom Hulce, perhaps best known as Amadeus (poor guy, where'd his career go?) and a very young Joaquin Phoenix as Gary.

All in all, a very funny and very sweet comedy that I will give a 9/10!!


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