Rewatched Jul 01, 2012
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 her teenage son - among one of the funniest scenes in the last 30 years in my opinion. Speaking of line deliveries, amazing stuff there.
The movie maybe ties everything together a little too neatly at the end, but I can forgive that in something this good. The resolution of Tom Hulce's kid brother character is heartbreaking and amazingly done. Again, bringing me back to Robard's performance - I feel he should have gotten the supporting actor academy award for his final scene with Hulce alone.
With the exception of maybe Apollo 13 I think this is Howard's best work.
If by some chance you have not seen this, run don't walk to get your hands on a copy!