Although no specific year is specified at any point in the movie, the events in the movie were most likely intended to take place in the spring and summer of 1973 for the following concrete reasons: 1.) The eldest son Clinton, who was a Knicks fan, chose to attend the final game of the NBA Finals instead of his father's concert. He half-heartedly told his family afterward that the Knicks won, and the only years the Knicks won in the 70's were 1970 and 1973, but . . . 2.) "Soul Train", which the kids were seen dancing to towards the end of the film, made it's debut in 1971, eliminating the possibility that the child attended the 1970 NBA Finals.