Director: Ron Howard
Cast: Steve Martin, Mary Steenburgen, Jason Robards, Dianne Wiest, Tom Hulce, Rick Moranis, Harley Kozak
Synopsis: Gil Buckman (Steve Martin), a neurotic salesman is trying to balance having a family and a career. He wants to be active in his children’s lives, rather than be a workaholic like his own father Frank (Jason Robards). When he learns his eldest child has emotional problems and may have to see a therapist he takes this quite personally blaming himself. His sister Helen (Dianne Wiest), who is divorced and her ex-husband has remarried, started a new family and wants nothing to do with their children. His younger brother Larry (Tom Hulce), arrives with a son of his own son and some gambling debts. Gil’s other sister Susan (Harley Kozak), is married to Nathan Huffman (Rick Moranis), who is obsessed with making sure their daughter can absorb every piece of knowledge.
Trivia: Martha Plimpton plays the older sister of Joaquin Phoenix. In real life, she dated his older brother River Phoenix for nearly five years. Much of the film is based on the family and parenting experiences of Howard, Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel, and producer Brian Grazer, who have at least 14 children among the four of them.
Why I think you should see this: This films is probably the most true portrayal of what a real family is where they don’t always get along, everybody is just a little messed up but they all love each other unconditionally. I urge people to watch this movie because it is just so true to life and this might be Steve Martin’s best performance in a movie. It has an all-star cast that just adds to the authenticity of the family. Watch this with your family its quite an experience.