With the help of a talking freeway billboard, a wacky weatherman tries to win the heart of an English newspaper reporter, who is struggling to make sense of the strange world of early 1990s Los Angeles.
Richard E. Grant
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 <email@example.com>
When Gil and Karen are riding in the van prior to the crash, they are driving on Kirkman Road in Orlando, Florida. See more »
A billboard for the Orlando Sentinel (local newspaper for Orlando, Florida) is visible at the baseball stadium, but everyone around Gil and his family are wearing St. Louis Cardinals clothes, foam fingers and inflatable bats. St. Louis, Missouri, is 1000 miles away from Orlando, Florida and Gil drives home from stadium, it's unlikely they (and everyone else) travelled all the way down to Orlando with young children just for a baseball game. Ergo the scene is presumably supposed to be set in St. Louis. See more »
It's my kid brother, Larry, your uncle. Don't give him any money.
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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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