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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
According to the interview in the DVD extras with composer Randy Newman, the soundtrack song "I Love to See You Smile", which is perhaps his most beloved, was written with Mary Steenburgen's smile in mind. See more »
In the first Little League game, the player scoring the winning run (2nd across the plate) does not touch home. See more »
[seeing Taylor get pushed around in a school play]
They're hurting my sister!
He's going! Get him!
Hang on, Taylor! Taylor, I'm gonna save you.
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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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