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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 <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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The director of "Splash," "Willow" and "Cocoon" brings you a comedy about life, love and the gentle art of raising children. See more »


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2 August 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Todo en la familia  »

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$100,050,000 (USA)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Gil and Karen are riding in the van prior to the crash, they are driving on Kirkman Road in Orlando, Florida. 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 »


Tod: Hi. Where's my wife?
Helen: She's still at school. She's got cheerleading practice.
Tod: Bitchin'.
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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 »


Referenced in Muppets Tonight: Rick Moranis (1997) See more »


I Love To See You Smile
Written and Performed by Randy Newman
Produced by Lenny Waronker
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
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Good performances from a lot of good actors
7 February 2005 | by (Escondido, California) – See all my reviews

This is a classic ensemble film. It has an amazing cast of very talented people. I wonder how they got so lucky to get so many really good actors together with such varied films behind them. Steve Martin does a really good job and never has a bad moment in the film but the rest of the cast is great. Easily, one of Keanu Reeves' best early films. Joaquin Phoenix is great in his role. Dianne Wiest is priceless and has some really good scenes, including those with her daughter Martha Plimpton. Whatever happened to Martha Plimpton by the way? She was great in this and in "Running on Empty." Who plays that grandmother? She's great! Mary Steenburgen, Rick Moranis... Goes on and on. And the great Jason Robards. One of the finest actors this world has ever known. This is really a good movie about families - the good and bad side of them and some great moments about fatherhood. This is really, really a good movie and one that can be appreciated by so many people. A good rental - a good family movie. Go for it!

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