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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.
Film #28 of the February Movie Challenge : Keanu Reeves or Bust!
I remember being disappointed when this first came out! I was expecting a "wild and crazy" rip roaring good time from my man Steve Martin! Alas..The laughs were too few and far between!
Now that I've got parenthood behind me (I've got the battle scars and grey hairs to prove it) and I am an empty nester I can appreciate the trials and tribulations depicted in the film!
It was actually quite touching at times and left me feeling quite nostalgic! I still think it could have used more laugh out loud moments! But overall I think it's still a pretty darn good film!
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…
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…
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.
Noteworthy primarily for its narrative structure, I guess: multiple strands that actually reflect the structure of an extended family. Was led to believe this is a comedy, but it isn't, exactly. Ultimately, that's something it's got going for it, but expectations like this set me up for disappointment. Despite its super-Hollywood happy ending, the rest of the film does justice to the complicated nature of family life and parenthood in a variety of contexts. Hard to tell when parental choices are being applauded or condemned, probably because the film isn't deeply invested in judgment, just in representation and expression. Still, it fails to hit home where it needs to, just as most of its attempted comedy fizzles between setup and punchline.
Haven't seen it for years, still holds up. The tone is just right between comedy and drama. Only slight fault would be it wraps everything up a bit too neatly the keanu drag race being an example.
Sweet movie that holds up well.
As heart-warming and funny as this movie was, today I think the message it sends is an irresponsible one: more babies ≠ more happiness. It's not our right as humans to keep populating the Earth to ease the emptiness in our lives. Oh, sorry, perhaps it is the right of rich Americans, since three out of four families in the film own sprawling mansions and/or seem comfortable spending lavishly on their children. Either way, it's movies like this that give people bad ideas about love and marriage. Unless you're smart enough to get your life advice from somewhere other than Hollywood - in which, then, I salute you!
rick moranis disrupts harley jane kozak at her workplace…
Interweaves drama and comedy to great effect. The cast is terrific, and the script has many really funny jokes. The sentimental moments are well-judged, too.
The Buckman family is 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. - IMDB
Of late, I've been feeling like watching comedy films from my youth. So I've been picking an actor and grabbing a few of their movies. This time around, it's Steve Martin.
Every time that I watched Parenthood, I thought that it was good, but never great. I know there's people that think it's great out there. I guess it's because I was a kid and the jokes didn't resonate with me as much as they do now. Especially since I have a baby on the way.
I'm pretty sure that it will be bumped up a notch more than what I remembered it to be, because of the content. It's funny how life works like that.
Dianne Wiest, y'all.
Parenthood is such a whip-smart look at modern families and still resonates with me after all this time. It's funny, but touching and just altogether beautiful. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know, I feel corny just writing that, but it is. This is definitely one of Ron Howard's more underrated works.
I don't usually post others' best-of/essential film compilations, since there are too many of them to keep track of, but…
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