Parenthood

Parenthood

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Director: Ron Howard

Cast: Ron Howard, Steve Martin, Mary Steenburgen, Dianne Wiest

     
 

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This feel-good ensemble comedy tracks a quartet of suburban siblings and their families over the course of a single summer. Hardworking Gil Buckman (Steve Martin) and his stay-at-home wife, Karen (Mary Steeenburgen), have just a few months to help their oldest son, Kevin (Jasen Fisher), overcome his high-strung behavior problems before he'll be relegated to… See more details below

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This feel-good ensemble comedy tracks a quartet of suburban siblings and their families over the course of a single summer. Hardworking Gil Buckman (Steve Martin) and his stay-at-home wife, Karen (Mary Steeenburgen), have just a few months to help their oldest son, Kevin (Jasen Fisher), overcome his high-strung behavior problems before he'll be relegated to special-education classes. Gil's difficult relationship with his own father, Frank (Jason Robards), has led him to become a would-be super-dad for his three kids, so he takes his son's difficulties more than a little personally. Gil's sister, Helen (Dianne Wiest), is trying to raise a moody, adolescent son (Leaf Phoenix) and an independent-minded daughter (Martha Plimpton) with no help from her well-off ex-husband, who's more interested in his new wife and family. Gil and Helen's sister, Susan (Harley Jane Kozak), meanwhile, must participate in the too-scripted Big Life Plans of her anal-retentive husband, Nathan (Rick Moranis), whose overachiever zeal infects even their toddler daughter. When long-lost brother Larry (Tom Hulce) show up with yet another get-rich-quick scheme, he brings with him a surprise addition to the family. Screenwriters Babaloo Mandel, Lowell Ganz, and Ron Howard negotiate their varied subplots with a deftness and comedic touch that transforms this conflicted clan into a suburban everyfamily.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
This fond and funny look at the travails of an extended middle-class family succeeds on the strength of its fine ensemble acting and the warm humor of its polished, only occasionally mawkish script. Director and co-writer Ron Howard, no stranger to blockbusters, guided Steve Martin to one of his biggest grosses -- and one of his most restrained, least wild-and-crazy performances -- by surrounding him with seasoned pros (Mary Steenburgen, Jason Robards, Rick Moranis) and placing the frequent belly laughs in a believable emotional context. Dianne Wiest is particularly fine as the divorced, romantically frustrated single mom coming to terms with the burgeoning sexuality of her own children (Martha Plimpton, Leaf Phoenix), while old trooper Helen Shaw, as the brood's grandmother, strikes a precise balance between goofy and wise. The film's sweet-and-sour view of parenting may be idealized and its many subplots a little too easily resolved, but most critics and audiences found the combination of suburban angst, heartwarming characterizations, and bawdy humor irresistible. Rarely has a modern Hollywood comedy been so simultaneously poignant and hilarious.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/06/2012
UPC:
0025192128332
Original Release:
1989
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Universal Studios
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:04:00
Sales rank:
31,038

Special Features

Art imitating life; Family reunion; Words and music; 100 years of Universal: the Lew Wasserman era; 100 years of Universal: unforgettable characers; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve Martin Gil Buckman
Mary Steenburgen Karen Buckman
Dianne Wiest Helen
Jason Robards Frank Buckman
Rick Moranis Nathan
Tom Hulce Larry Buckman
Martha Plimpton Julie
Keanu Reeves Tod
Harley Jane Kozak Susan
Leaf Phoenix Garry
Helen Shaw Grandma
Dennis Dugan David Brodsky
Eileen Ryan Marilyn
Jasen Fisher Kevin
Paul Linke George Bowman
Janet Hirshenson Actor
Jane Jenkins Actor
Michael Mickens Dwarf
W. Bruce O'Donoghue Umpire
Walter Von Opposing Coach
Alisan Porter Taylor
Zachary Lavoy Justin
Ivyann Schwan Patty
Alex Burrall Cool
Lowell Ganz Stan
Rance Howard Dean at College
Max Elliott Slade Young Gil
Clint Howard Lou
Lamont Lofton Fotomat Clerk
Erika Rafuls Amy
Jordan Kessler Matt
Billy Cohen Eddie
Isabelle Cooley Barbara Rice
Greg Gerard Dr. Lucas
Paul Keeley Kevin, Age 21
Claudio Jacobells College Student
Hillary Matthews College Student
Sherry Ferguson Screaming Co-ed
Todd Hallowell Track Official
Maxie Pontius Safety Man at Track
Richard Kuhlman Young Frank
Jonathan Bouck Dwarf
Aspen Autrey Dwarf
Lloyd Cleek Miles
Dana Mark Audrey
Louisa Marie Teacher
Steve Zurk Highway Policeman
Emil Felski Doctor at Hospital
Charmin Talbert Nurse at Hospital
Julie Lander Student in Hallway
Janet Moore Irate Woman in Audience
Connie Adams Cindy
Cindi Vicino Teacher

Technical Credits
Ron Howard Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Fern Buchner Makeup
Joseph M. Caracciolo Executive Producer
Richard S. Church Sound/Sound Designer
Bob Cooper Special Effects
Lowell Ganz Original Story,Screenwriter
Brian Grazer Producer
Todd Hallowell Production Designer
Daniel Hanley Editor
Kevin Harris Special Effects
Michael Hill Editor
Janet Hirshenson Casting
Robert Jauregui Stunts
Jane Jenkins Casting
Artie Malesci Stunts
Babaloo Mandel Original Story,Screenwriter
Donald M. McAlpine Cinematographer
Ruth Morley Costumes/Costume Designer
Joe Napolitano Asst. Director
Randy Newman Score Composer
Christopher Nowak Art Director
Tom Priestley Camera Operator
Nina Ramsey Set Decoration/Design
Louisa Velis Associate Producer
Peter Wrona Makeup

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Parenthood
1. Girl and the Amaigam [3:19]
2. Main Titles ("I Love to See You Smile") [3:03]
3. Naked Cowboys, Tummy Aches and Tense Faces [3:37]
4. Helen's Kids [2:51]
5. That Little Extra Effort [1:13]
6. Dinner With the Family [12:28]
7. The Wrong Pictures [12:01]
8. The New Son-in-Law [3:32]
9. Little League Blues [9:03]
10. The Birthday Party [13:35]
11. Garry's Problem [7:47]
12. The Obsessive Behavior [7:54]
13. Big Changes [3:34]
14. Kevin's Big Catch [11:10]
15. The Roller Coaster [12:58]
16. Some Additions to the Family (End Titles) [7:46]

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