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.
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.
“Grandma: You know, when I was nineteen, Grandpa took me on a roller coaster.
Grandma: Up, down, up, down. Oh, what a ride!
Gil: What a great story.
Grandma: I always wanted to go again. You know, it was just so interesting to me that a ride could make me so frightened, so scared, so sick, so excited, and so thrilled all together! Some didn't like it. They went on the merry-go-round. That just goes around. Nothing. I like the roller coaster. You get more out of it.”
I have always loved a lot of Steve Martin’s films. This one is one of his better movies there are a lot of very funny scenes but there are a…
Had never seen this before and heard good things... Not crazy about it. Outside of Steve Martin there weren't any characters I liked. I would've preferred if they stuck more with him. Obviously it's attempting to show a multitude of parenting perspectives, but the movie spreads itself too thin and most characters are idiots to boot.
It's not terrible; I was just expecting more.
Wait, wait, wait, hold up, so... which Steve Martin family film is the remake of "Cheaper by the Dozen"? The title "Cheaper by the Thousands" might fit this film best, because, seriously, how do you get a family this big when you're dealing with white people... and one Puerto Rican? Something that I kind of find about as funny as this film is the fact that Leonardo DiCaprio, early in his career, kept taking of River Phoenix's would-be roles, and in the TV adaptation of this film, he played Joaquin Phoenix's role. 1990's short-lived "Parenthood" might not be as popular as its 2010 counterpart, but it is the much more faithful NBC adaptation of this, probably because the 2010 version…
I don't have much to say about Parenthood, not because it is bad, but because it fulfills its purpose neatly and then ends. Ron Howard directs a capable cast of comedic and dramatic actors, showing their chops at both ends of the spectrum. Among these are funny man Steve Martin, Mary Steenburgen, Dianne West (nominated for the Academy Award for this film), Rick Moranis, and early appearances from Keanu Reeves and Joaquin Phoenix. The entire cast is related, in one way or another, to each other in the movie, creating a dynamically dysfunctional look at family. Some are more content in their lives than others, but all go through the roller coaster (as Grandma puts it) of marriage, love, family,…
Having been an actor for so long before turning to filmmaker, Ron Howard has always been an actor's director who knows how to get the best out of his cast. With "Parenthood," he tackles his most ambitious feature to date, working with an impressive ensemble cast that includes three Academy Award winners, and Howard gets great performances from all of them.
It's a slice-of-life movie that offers little in the way of originality because it simply depicts life, warts and all, and most people who watch it will find a situation or two that are familiar to them. However, the other side of that point is that's exactly what makes this so effective and why it connected so well with…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Classic 80s comedy about family. Ends with everyone getting pregnant.
Steve Martin headlines this ensemble comedy-drama, about the highs and lows of adulthood that has aged well and is quite enjoyable. It is sentimental at times and on other occasions the metaphors are very obvious (the rollercoaster analogy at the end of the film, for instance), but it also has some dark moments in spite of its sitcom feel, particularly regarding Tom Hulce's black sheep. Stealing the film from under everyone is an early appearance from Keanu Reeves, whose dopey boyfriend character is very amusing.
Movie #5 in my Magic & Murder March monthly marathon.
This movie is a quitter. It wants acclaim for bringing up 99 problems that real people go through in life and then not following up on almost any of them but still roping in the "way to go, sport"s for having the heartwarming sitcom episode finale. Yes, I said episode. And this movie is over 2 hours long. Which I would not be harping on if it had cared to go in-depth on anything. Just one thing. What it does instead is give us the Hot Stove Hand-Burn repeat offenders. People don't change or develop, they don't learn that the grill is hot- the movie just points them to the next…
I can't stand kids but oddly, this was always one of my favorite movies. I think I should make that a goal for tour season 2015: pretend I don't hate kids (because there were a few close calls where apparently people confused visitor's center with day care center and they probably could have made some noises about getting me in trouble for my 'attitude' whatever that means. Anyway, I think this was just one of my 'pretend nothing is wrong' stockpile movies. And I really liked Martha Plimpton in this.
Every film Roger Ebert has given a four-star rating. This is an ongoing project.
I don't usually post others' best-of/essential film compilations, since there are too many of them to keep track of, but…