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Parenthood (1989)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 2 August 1989 (USA)
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The Buckman family is 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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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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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2 August 1989 (USA)  »

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Todo en la familia  »

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$31,000,000 (estimated)

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$100,050,000 (USA)
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In a 2016 interview, Helen Mirren said she had never regretted not having children, except briefly when watching this film: "It was about the whole story of being a parent and how it never stops, even when you're a grandparent. I realised I would never experience that, and for about 20 minutes, I sobbed for the loss of that and the fact that I never experienced it." See more »

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During the "Electric Ear Cleaner" scene the girl is asking her mum what the item is and is looking straight ahead seemingly at her, whereas her mum is stood behind her. This is apparent for the next few shots. See more »

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Tod: Can I speak frankly, no holds barred?
[Helen nods]
Tod: That is one messed up little dude. We can talk straight?
[Helen nods again]
Tod: Um, a few months ago, Garry got his first... boner. You know what that is?
Helen: If memory serves.
Tod: Aw, great! Anyway, since then, he's been... uh... slappin' the salami. No offense.
Helen: No.
Tod: Apparently, he's goin' for a world record. Anyway, he was afraid there was something wrong with him, you know? Like he was a pervert or something. I told him that's what little dudes do - we've ...
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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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Close To You
Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David
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Parenthood
11 June 1999 | by (Marietta, OH) – See all my reviews

Winning ensemble comedy about the humurous and tragic tribulations of parenting that is for all ages. Robards is wonderful as the patriarch of the family but it's Martin who stands out, especially in the wonderful "Cowboy" scene. The film is heartfelt and ends on a tender note. Randy Newman leads his through the work with his grand tunes. He was Oscar nominated for his song, "Love to See You Smile." Wiest was also Oscar nominated.


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