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Parenthood (1989)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 2 August 1989 (USA)
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The Buckmans are 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.

Director:

Ron Howard

Writers:

Lowell Ganz (story), Babaloo Mandel (story) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Martin ... Gil
Mary Steenburgen ... Karen
Dianne Wiest ... Helen
Jason Robards ... Frank
Rick Moranis ... Nathan
Tom Hulce ... Larry
Martha Plimpton ... Julie
Keanu Reeves ... Tod
Harley Jane Kozak ... Susan (as Harley Kozak)
Dennis Dugan ... David Brodsky
Joaquin Phoenix ... Garry (as Leaf Phoenix)
Eileen Ryan ... Marilyn
Helen Shaw Helen Shaw ... Grandma
Jasen Fisher ... Kevin
Paul Linke ... George Bowman
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Todo en la familia See more »

Filming Locations:

Orlando, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,506,450, 28 May 1989, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$100,047,830
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

There were two attempts to adapt this movie into a TV series. The first ran for only twelve episodes during 1990-1991. Although the characters all retained their names from the film, all actors but a handful of the children were recast; the adult leads were Ed Begley Jr. and Jayne Atkinson as Gil and Karen Buckman, and the show provided an early role for the then-teenaged Leonardo DiCaprio as Garry Buckman (the role originally played by Leaf / Joaquin Phoenix). The second TV series was a looser adaptation (for example, the main family's last name was changed to "Braverman") and much more successful than the first; it started in 2010, ran for six seasons, and starred Lauren Graham, Peter Krause, and Dax Shepard. See more »

Goofs

Julie is described as having an SAT score of 1291. SAT scores are multiples of 10. See more »

Quotes

[Tod is struggling with Julie]
Tod: Julie, you belong with me!
Helen: [hitting him] Let go of her!
Tod: You're my wife!
Helen: I said-!
[stops]
Helen: His what?
Julie: His wife. We got married a few days ago.
Helen: [hitting her] Are you out of your *mind*? Are you out of your *mind*?
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits: "Caution: Inhaling of helium from balloons is dangerous, and can cause serious injury or death." See more »

Connections

References The Dream Team (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Pigs In Zen
Written by Eric Avery, Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro (as David Navarro), and Stephen Perkins
Performed by Jane's Addiction
Produced by Dave Jerden and Perry Farrell
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Hmmm ... stepping out of line here
14 July 2001 | by VibianaSee all my reviews

Okay, first off, I'm not a parent. So that may disqualify me from commenting on this movie. If so, please don't read this.

My objection is going to be short. I agree with the poster from Australia who stated that this is a propaganda film with the aim of making everyone want to go forth and multiply. In particular, the ending of this movie, in which every woman of childbearing age -- even the teens and the fortysomethings -- was either cradling a baby or pregnant, did not induce tender sentiment in me. I found it sad. To believe that woman's only true purpose is mommyhood (even though I agree it is probably the most important) is to shortchange women. Those of us who can't, or won't, parent, are left feeling like we haven't carried our weight.


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