Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
A comedy about life, love and the gentle art of raising children.
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.
Director: Ron Howard (Final Film)
From the five I've recently seen from Ron Howard I'm comfortable in saying this is the one I've enjoyed the most. It's completely manic but it's fun and witty and absolutely more attuned to my tastes than his more serious films. Not to say they aren't good in their own ways, or this is without its seriousness but I liked the lack of this trying to be something it's not and generally I feel Ron Howard has some actual insight with this, plus with Steve Martin (He's going to be 70 this year!!) doing what he does best (i.e. be hilarious) and the whole cast.
Mary Steenburgen, and her smile, there's a whole…
Nearly perfect movie. For something that deals with the trials and tribulations of family, raising kids and aging, you can't do better than this.
All of the acting is incredible but Jason Robards steals the show in my opinion. Two scenes with Robards near the end are incredible. Steve Martin will always be probably my all time favorite comedic actor - his line deliveries in this are among his best. I loved the irritation in his voice in the near final scene when arguing with his wife about grandmother's roller coaster analogy..."well, if she's so brilliant what's she doing sitting in the neighbors car!"
The sequence when Keanu Reeves is trying to explain to Diane Weist what is wrong with…
Ron Howard spends a couple hours tackling all of North America's family issues and in the end he solves every single problem. Thank you Ron Howard.
This has so many positives buried within the skin of a lightweight comedy.
Jason Robards as the father who is simply seen by his children a way to get money. He might just break your heart in a scene or two.
Steve Martin, the nominal star, and that car journey swerve, and the song that will become one of your earworms.
Tom Hulce as the feckless, useless, spendthrift son who only thinks of himself.
Keanu Reeves in one of his few decent roles as a young actor - I was quite impressed by him here.
Leaf (now Joaquin) Phoenix, superb as a child struggling with adolescence. He might well surprise you here.
Rick Moranis, Dianne Wiest, Mary Steenburgen, all showing quite formidable acting chops.
All this - and it is funny as well.
Here's the thing with Parenthood, it wasn't the laugh out loud comedy that I thought it would be, it does have a lot of laugh out loud moments but underneath everything it's very dramatic.
Parenthood is about a man played by Steve Martin and how he and his wife copes with their three kids, we also follow his siblings stories about family matters aswell. The matters range from feeling different to dealing with love.
I thought that Rick Moranis' storyline was the funniest, it wasn't the best but it did have a lot of laughs. There's a storyline involving Keanu Reeves as a teenage boy that has fell in love with a mothers daughter and he gets welcomed into their…
This was a cable staple when I was a kid, seemingly running every weekend on USA; revisiting it as an adult, I can see how Ron Howard's directorial approach, which favors close-ups and pauses after jokes, as though they were built in for canned laughter, was a perfect fit for the small screen. That's not really meant as a criticism, as there was something comforting about revisiting this late-'80s vision of the middle class where two-story houses, birthday cake and trips to Chuck 'E Cheese are plentiful, and dad Steve Martin only really starts to feel serious financial pressure after he finds out his wife (Mary Steenburgen) is expecting her fourth kid (wait until he has a dozen, wakka wakka).…
This used to be a film to just watch and simply be entertained by some of the moments. Now it's a film that I can completely relate to.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Parenthood sees so clearly and honestly into the lives of no less than four generations of a sprawling family that each have their own various anxieties about life. The script, without ever managing to be messy or overly ambitious, deftly navigates their issues and gives each character the weight and attention they deserve. From here, Howard allows for the story lines to overlap and influence each other so that we can see exactly how the issues of parenthood differ from generation to generation.
One core theme is the struggle between chasing your dreams and settling for a boring, monotonous office job that will pay the bills. Frank sees the two sides in his sons, and we see the effects of…
Another selection randomly spotted at the library. I thought wife would be up for it and fortunately she was. I'm not sure what she thought of it as a whole, but she seemed to enjoy it and we both certainly related to it. I think it's so universal that every parent relates to some part, it just so happened that right now we were the leads.
Gil's struggle to be the best Dad while also not becoming overwhelmed hit close to home for me. I often wonder if I'm being too hard on him or focus too much on giving him everything and being too high strung. I worry that I can't do anything right. Hopefully I can come back…
When I think of the notable American films of the 1930s, 40s or 50s I think of comedies and thrillers and westerns and musicals and melodramas, films that came out of the belly of the beast, Hollywood movies; when I think of the notable American films of the last 30 years I think of films that are a little to the side, those that don’t quite fit the Hollywood genres or, if they do, are self-consciously reinventing them. But am I making the same mistake as those who dismissed Hollywood 70 years ago? Can I not see the trees for the wood? Do I just presume that a Hollywood film will be a Hollywood product and not notice any individuality…
Dramedy with an awesome cast. Parenthood is a sensible comedy about the difficulties and joys of raising children. The cast of both adults and children is amazing. Not nearly as funny as other Steve Martin's comedies, but the beautiful script pays off the more dramatic moments.
Parenthood is more of a drama exploring stress than the comedy I was led to believe. That's not necessarily a bad thing, I actually liked that aspect a lot and the ways they went into this topic.
I just think this that this movie is about a half hour too long, it would've worked better as a 90 minute film.
Also, the ending is super sappy.
A sweet, funny movie. It certainly doesn't shed any new light on parenting, but it works.
Could count as a rewatch considering I KNOW I saw it as a child, but I have next to no memories out of the first ~10 minutes (diarrhea song, child vomiting on Steve Martin) so, no. Not counting it that way.
It's fine. Quite entertaining and occasionally insightful, too. Howard keeps a handle on most of the characters and storylines, and does well with the flashbacks and fantasy sequences (though perhaps the school shooting one plays a little differently now). I think I would rate it more highly if I thought most of the stories stuck the landing, but I don't. I think most of them come down a bit more conservatively and traditionally than hinted at throughout the film, and to me this cheats some of the catharsis.
Was Steve Martin ever young . I had really hoped that a late 80s Martin would have had colour in his hair . I was wrong . Some one show me a movie where he isn't grey
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