Henry Hackett is the editor of a New York City tabloid. He is a workaholic who loves his job, but the long hours and low pay are leading to discontent. Also, publisher Bernie White faces ... See full summary »
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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Martha Plimpton was bald at the beginning of filming because she had just finished Silence Like Glass (1989) in which she played a cancer patient. She wore a wig throughout filming and a hairpiece when Julie has a mohawk. See more »
When Diane Wiest is comforting Martha Plimpton on the couch after she comes home with the police, she is barefoot. When the two stand up to go to the kitchen, she is wearing shoes. See more »
Susan Buckman Merrick:
[as her husband surprises her by serenading her in the middle of her lesson]
Nathan, we're trying so hard to keep these kids off drugs.
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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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