• Parenthood (1989)


Release Date: August 2nd, 1989

DVD Release Date: March 31st, 1998

PG-13 |2 hr 4 min

Plot Summary

Perfectionist Gil Buckman (Steve Martin) struggles with the deficiencies of his children, thinking they reflect poorly on his parenting -- and Gil's siblings only add to the stress of his life. One of his sisters (Dianne Wiest) faces difficulty when her teenage daughter (Martha Plimpton) becomes pregnant. Another (Harley Jane Kozak) clashes with her husband (Rick Moranis) when she asks for more children. Gil's immature brother (Tom Hulce) turns up as well, with a young son he can barely handle.

Cast: Steve Martin, Mary Steenburgen, Dianne Wiest, Jason Robards, Rick Moranis, Tom Hulce, Martha Plimpton, Keanu Reeves

Director: Ron Howard

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Universal Pictures, Image Entertainment Inc.

Keywords: Marriage, Father, Daughter, Son, Moving, Hilarious, Sister, Brother, 1980s, Charming, Heartwarming, Wife, Family, Quest

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Gene SiskelChicago Tribune

    Ron Howard's first-rate dramatic comedy Parenthood, with Steve Martin headlining a first-rate cast in a most clever script about the joy and pain of being both a parent and a child. [4 Aug 1989, p.A]

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Ron Howard's Parenthood is a delicate balancing act between comedy and truth, a movie that contains a lot of laughter and yet is more concerned with character than punch lines. show more

  • 88
    Rolling Stone

    Parenthood, heartfelt and howlingly comic, also comes spiced with risk and mischief. Just when you fear the movie might be swept away on a tidal wave of wholesomeness, a line, a scene or a performance poke through to restore messy, perverse reality. show more

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