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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Buckman (as Harley Kozak)
Garry Buckman (as Leaf Phoenix)
Helen Shaw ...


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 <>

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2 August 1989 (USA)  »

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$100,050,000 (USA)

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Dan Aykroyd, Michael Keaton, Robin Williams, and Tom Hanks were considered for the role of Gil Buckman. See more »


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[about Tod and Julie's marriage]
Helen: I give them six months. Three, if she cooks.
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One of Ron Howard's best movies.
9 January 2001 | by (Brooklyn, NY. (Where I'm from originally.)) – See all my reviews

This is a flick every parent should see. Steve Martin and Mary Steenburgen play embittered parents raising their 3.4 kids, one of which is emotionally disturbed. It centers around two families who live in the same neighborhood.

Also, Rick Moranis was great in this to, as a father of a daughter who was a child prodigy who knew everything, but how to have fun. Both families go through the struggles, hardships, joys, and the good times of raising children. Whether they're rebellious teenagers or 'black sheep'.

The whole birthday party scene was a real scene stealer! And all the characters from both families and this movie's plot were all very realistic! So, next time movie night is planned for your family, rent Parenthood. I recommend this movie for any family to see! And might I add, Ron Howard's best and most superb film he ever made! I give it 5 stars!

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