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
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During filming the cast became obsessed with playing the murder game (a game in which one person who is the murderer has to find a subtle way to kill other players simply by looking at them without giving themselves away as the murder). This is very apparent in the dinner scene where everyone is sitting around the table. If you watch everyone's eye movements it's obvious they are playing the game. See more »
More proof that the film was shot in Florida, not Missouri: we see black lane markers on the freeway; the type of grass on the lawn. See more »
[lights went out unexpectedly and have just been turned on. Gil thinks he has a flashlight but is holding a vibrator]
[switches vibrator on]
[lights come up, Gil laughs and leaves the room]
Mommy, what was that?
That was... an electric ear cleaner.
It was kind of big.
It sure was!
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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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