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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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Taglines:

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 »

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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

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

More proof that the film was shot in Florida, not Missouri: we see black lane markers on the freeway; the type of grass on the lawn. See more »

Quotes

[after inhaling balloon helium]
Grandma: When I was a girl, Grover Cleveland was president. Hehe!
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References Ringu no Ôja (1988) See more »

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Close To You
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A Sweet, warm-hearted, and subtle comedy
20 September 2002 | by LaChantefleurieSee all my reviews

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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