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(1989)

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Martha Plimpton plays the older sister of Joaquin Phoenix. In real life, she dated his older brother River Phoenix for nearly five years.
This movie is based on Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Lowell Ganz, and Babaloo Mandel's experiences as parents.
According to Ron Howard, in an interview with the directors, the scene where Helen discovers the nude pictures was actually an incident that happened to producer Brian Grazer.
The film grossed just under $100 million during the original run in theaters. Several years later, the project was rereleased into theaters so it could be logged officially as earning $100 million.
In the scene where Gil and Karen are going to Kevin's school to speak to the school principal, the school is 'Gerald Paris Elementary School', named as an homage to Jerry Paris, who directed 42 episodes of Happy Days (1974).
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.
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.
Director Ron Howard's daughter Bryce Dallas Howard as a little girl, can be seen as an extra in the audience of the children's play. She would later star alongside Joaquin Phoenix (Garry Buckman) in The Village (2004).
This movie was made into two different television series: Parenthood (1990), which starred Ed Begley Jr., Jayne Atkinson, and a young Leonardo DiCaprio and was cancelled after only 12 episodes in 1990; and Parenthood (2010), starring Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, and Dax Shepard, and which ran from March 2, 2010 until January 29, 2015.
This was Helen Shaw's final film before her death on September 8, 1997 at the age of 100.
The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Mary Steenburgen, Dianne Wiest and Jason Robards; and three Oscar nominees: Joaquin Phoenix, Lowell Ganz and Tom Hulce.
When Grandma (Helen Shaw) inhales the helium balloon and says that when she was born, Grover Cleveland was President. Shaw was born on July 25, 1897, just four months and three weeks after the end of Cleveland's second term.
This was the first movie filmed at Universal Studios Florida before it opened on June 7th, 1990.
According to the interview in the DVD extras with composer Randy Newman, the soundtrack song "I Love to See You Smile", which is perhaps his most beloved, was written with Mary Steenburgen's smile in mind.
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."
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The movie was filmed in central and northern Florida. The shopping center where the photo booth is standing is in College Park, Florida. The photo booth was constructed for the movie. The Showbiz Pizza is located in Altamonte Springs, Florida and is still there, except it is now (like all Showbiz Pizzas) Chuck-E-Cheese. Kevin's birthday party was filmed at The Mystery Fun House in Orlando, Florida.
In the opening scene at the ballpark, the base runner has a decided limp because he pulled his hamstring on one of the first dozen takes of the shot. The shot in the film is one they settled on after approximately 20 takes, due to the fact that the hitter was unable to hit the ball into center field. The hitter was a college player, not a professional as originally dictated to the casting department.
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Dan Aykroyd, Michael Keaton, Robin Williams, and Tom Hanks were considered for the role of Gil Buckman.
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In the scene where Steve Martin and Mary Steenburgen are fighting over the fact that she is pregnant, Steve says "...Let's just have a dozen and act like they are donuts." In the movie Cheaper by the Dozen (2003) he plays the father of a dozen children.
When Gil and Karen are riding in the van prior to the crash, they are driving on Kirkman Road in Orlando, Florida.
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The drag racing scene was filmed at Orlando Speed World Dragway, located east of downtown Orlando.
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Jeff Goldblum turned down both roles of Gil Buckman and Larry Buckman.
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As originally written, Karen would smoke a joint of marijuana every night. Mary Steenburgen argued that this was out of character for a woman strong enough to confront her family's problems head on. The filmmakers agreed and changed the script.
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In this film Steve Martin plays the father of several children in reality Steve Martin did not become a parent until he was 67 years old In 2012
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Frank's classic car is a 1935 Ford Model 48 DeLuxe convertible.
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