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
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Howie Dorough, from the Backstreet Boys, was a teenage extra in this movie. He is in the first row of students in the classroom when Nathan comes in and sings The Carpenters' "Close To You" to Susan. See more »
When Helen gets out of the car after her carnival date with Mr. Bowman, she's wearing tan shoes. When she enters her house a minute later, she's wearing white shoes. See more »
Susan Buckman Merrick:
[after breaking the lock on Gary's bedroom door and searching it, Helen finds some sex tapes and plays one - graphic sex sounds from the television as Susan and Grandma enter the room]
Helen? Oh, the door was unlocked.
[sees the sex action on the television]
What channel is this?
No Gran, this is a tape.
She needs a man... Now!
Gran, this isn't mine. I don't watch this!
[to Susan again as they are leaving the room and speaking of the sex action on the television]
One of those men ...
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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 »
One of the things I like about this movie is its...lack of obnoxiousness. Other comedies throw their scenes in your face with little tact and no subtlety, but not so with this movie. Not to say that it isn't funny. It's absolutely hilarious! But the main thing that appeals to me about Parenthood is the warm heart that is at the center of it all. These characters have nuanced, complicated, and not overly dramatic problems. Just like REAL PEOPLE, and unlike many of the one-faceted characters seen in movies today.
And what better actor to play Gil than Steve Martin? A comedic genius, Martin is capable of playing anything from slimy to sincere, conforming perfectly to his role, and it helps that he's not a cynic. Also watch for great appearances by Tom Hulce, perhaps best known as Amadeus (poor guy, where'd his career go?) and a very young Joaquin Phoenix as Gary.
All in all, a very funny and very sweet comedy that I will give a 9/10!!
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