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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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It could happen to you. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The film cast includes four Oscar winners: Mary Steenburgen, Dianne Wiest, Joaquin Phoenix and Jason Robards; and two Oscar nominees: Lowell Ganz, and Tom Hulce. See more »

Goofs

Another sign that the movie was shot in Florida rather than Missouri where it's meant to be set: the booth where Julie and Tod pick up the pictures is in front of a Publix, a grocery store found ONLY in Florida until 1991. The first Publix outside Florida opened in Savannah, Georgia, in 1991. See more »

Quotes

Gil: What's the matter, honey? You don't feel so good?
Taylor: Yeah.
Gil: You feel like you wanna throw up?
Taylor: Okay.
[vomits all over Gil, and starts crying]
Karen: Oh Taylor, baby... Gil, why are you standing there?
Gil: Waiting for her head to spin around.
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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

Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 4 July 2013 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

The Diarrhea Song
Performed by Jasen Fisher
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Parenthood
11 June 1999 | by Coxer99See all my reviews

Winning ensemble comedy about the humurous and tragic tribulations of parenting that is for all ages. Robards is wonderful as the patriarch of the family but it's Martin who stands out, especially in the wonderful "Cowboy" scene. The film is heartfelt and ends on a tender note. Randy Newman leads his through the work with his grand tunes. He was Oscar nominated for his song, "Love to See You Smile." Wiest was also Oscar nominated.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

2 August 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,506,450, 6 August 1989

Gross USA:

$100,047,830

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$126,297,830
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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