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Films to See Before You Die: #76 Parenthood


Parenthood (1989)

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.


About Trevor

Hi my name is Trevor and this is my blog! Films are a passion of mine. I am a total film geek. I own over 700 films and the collection is ever growing. I studied Film Studies and Scriptwriting in College. What I have learned about films is mostly self taught.

8 responses to “Films to See Before You Die: #76 Parenthood

  1. This is a great movie. I love Steve Martin.

  2. noa834 ⋅

    It is a classic and definitely a best for Steve Martin who shines in this movie. A favourite of mine. I also loved Tom Hulce as the prodigal son.

  3. I like Steve Martin.Did you know he has his own band?

  4. WTF1963@! ⋅

    Love this movie, laugh every time I watch it!

  5. Another one to add to my list of must sees. Thanks for sharing!

  6. This movie was great! I never liked Steve Martin that much until I saw him in this (and Roxanne and All of Me).

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