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Parenthood

Steve Martin , Mary Steenburgen , Ron Howard    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   VHS Tape
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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Ron Howard's 1989 hit, written by fellow family men Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel (Splash, A League of Their Own), is an original comedy about contemporary life and the eternal responsibilities of raising children. Steve Martin has never been better than as a dedicated husband and father trying (and inevitably failing, as do most of us) to balance the demands of his kids and his job. The actor, like his character, throws himself into the part quite touchingly, never more so than in a scene where a hired clown fails to show up at a children's party and Martin's character unabashedly provides the entertainment. Good as Martin is, this is actually an ensemble piece with numerous actors playing members of the same family, with cross-generational joys and disappointments in the air--and parents in conflict, children in love, and so on. Jason Robards is very good as a patriarch who finally accepts the reality that the son he adores (Tom Hulce) is a major screwup. --Tom Keogh

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good now July 12 2004
Format:DVD
When I first saw this movie about 7 years ago I did not like it. I did not get why it was so funny back then and thought it all rather sad.
But I tried and it was worth it! It is sometimes very gripping in what happens in the lives of people, though it is sometimes a little exaggerated, like in an Irving book.
It is also funny. The things that happen in itself are hilarious, and sometimes also there are some funny things interspersed ("Take Grandma away from the Nintendo").
The part of Keanu Reeves is also interesting. He plays a dumb guy like in Bill and Ted's excellent adventure. There is a touching scene where he talks to his wife's mother about her son's masturbation ("That's why little dude's do"). Even though he is the stupidest, he has the best advice.
Tom Hulce is brilliant as the youngest gambler son. The dad, useless in the beginning, now finally realized what he has to do.
It is a funny movie and sometimes touching. One of the better Steve Martin movies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Family Masterpiece Sept. 16 2001
By Barry
Format:VHS Tape
I can't express how much Parenthood is a great film. It's a beautifully crafted story with comedy and drama all woven together in a perfect movie gem. The film centers around a large family who are just going through the trials and tribulations of life. Kids, sex, jobs, relationships, divorce. You name it. Steve Martin headlines this film that has an undoubtedly brilliant unsemble cast. Dianne Wiest stands out in a hilarious and yet, very real performance. She has trouble adjusting to son in law Keanu Reeves. She has a few classic scenes that are undeniably funny and brilliant. The legendary Jason Robards is on hand as the family patriarch. He is solid and wonderful. The remaining cast is outstanding: Mary Steenburgen, Rick Moranis, Martha Plimpton, Joaquin Phoenix, Tom Hulce. You can't go wrong with any of them. Director Ron Howard is a master at putting this film, with different story arcs, together. This is his best work. Steve Martin also shows at how good he can do dramatic parts. If he is deserving of an Oscar, then he should've been recognized for this. Parenthood is a stylish, clever, funny, and teriffic film on family life. See this movie and you'll feel good in the end.
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Format:VHS Tape
Great ensemble drama/comedy about the modern trials/tribulations of family life. The cast is large, but excellent, so nobody is forced to carry the movie. A mixture of old pros (Steve Martin, Diane Wiest, Jason Robards) and newcomers (Joaquin Phoenix and a perfectly cast Keanu Reeves) Even though I own the video, if I see this movie when I'm channel surfing, I always have to stop and watch at least a part of it. This movie has some great,all time favorite scenes in it. The hilarious birthday party scene where Steve Martin is forced to entertain his son and his friends because a stripper is mistakenly sent to his house instead of a clown. A great scene with Keanu Reeves and Diane Wiest where the Keanu Reeves character is explaning to Diane Wiest what is wrong with her son. Reeve's line "That is one messed up little dude" always cracks me up. I think my favorite scene is the one in which the Jason Robards character is having a serious talk with the Steve Martin character about the nature of parenthood. I'm paraphrasing here, but "You never get to spike the ball in the end zone. As long as you're alive, you are still a father, and your kids are still are your kids." The Jason Robards character says it in a sad way, but it's the truth, isn't it?
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By jao
Format:VHS Tape
"Parenthood" stars Steve Martin and Mary Steenburgen as parents of kids that are growing up and going through their growing pains. The parents have to deal with such things as their kids throwing up all over them, sending one of their kids to a psychiatrist, and even deciding whether or not to have another kid. There are also other stars in the movie such as Rick Moranis who have families and are also having their tough times with their own kids.
What makes "Parenthood" a classic comedy movie other than that it's one of Steve Martin's best movies is that it successfully blends comedy with drama both at the same time. Parts of it are hilarious such as when Steve Martin shows up at his son's birthday party pretending to be a cowboy, and there are even some serious and sad parts such as when Steve Martin's dad asks him for advice.
I recommend "Parenthood" to anybody who likes either comedy or drama movies because "Parenthood" is a classic. Whether you have kids or not, you can really enjoy this movie a lot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Loved This One! June 27 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This is an episodic yarn of one family(and I mean all the relatives too! )and the trials and tribulations of raising children.I am single,31 and have no kids so maybe I cannot directly relate, but this is a heartwarming story that left me with lumps in my throat and tears in my eyes. Ensemble acting is wonderful with Jason Robards(who looks like he could be Martin's father in real-life!)as the patriarch commenting that "you never cross the goal line......" The film works on 2 levels. There is some on target comedy(especially in one fantasy sequence)and there are some genuine serious scenes that deal with real life problems. It is a perfect mix that results in one heckuva ride. I shall close by listing the cast because a good cast is worth repeating:Steve Martin, Mary Steenburgen, Diane Wiest, Rick Moranis, Harley Jane Kozak, Jason Robards, Thomas Hulce, Leaf Phoenix,Martha Plimpton,and Dennis Dugan(I probably forgot someone, and Oh yes that is Ronny's bro in little league scene!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars nice
this movie was great because it dealt with 'the family', with life, as something messy. it felt more real to me than other movies dealing with the same material because it was... Read more
Published on April 29 2008 by elfdart
3.0 out of 5 stars Overpriced, no-frills DVD of a wonderful movie
This is a wonderful, heartwarming film that always manages to make me laugh AND cry....that's why I wanted to own a copy. Read more
Published on May 5 2004 by Nelson Aspen
1.0 out of 5 stars "No widescreen", "NO SALE"!!!!!
This is such a good film that ranks in the top five of Steve Martin films, with such a great supporting cast and a truly original and funny screenplay for them to work with, it... Read more
Published on May 4 2004 by charles w. gaddy
1.0 out of 5 stars I'm copying another review as I can't say it any better
What the hell are full screen releases doing by themselves. Even with a small TV I still prefer to watch widescreen. This movie came out in the 90's. Read more
Published on March 28 2004 by Bricktop
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it at any age!
This film came out when I was still in High School. I absolutely loved it then. Now, as a parent, it make's me cry and laugh even harder. Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2004 by D. Dyer
1.0 out of 5 stars Why screw up such a great movie with a pan/scan DVD?
It is unacceptable, in 2004, to have any film released on DVD without a widescreen version at least on the other side of the disc. Shameful. This is such a great film. Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless film, comic, touching, endearing, and real
This is a great film. Keanu Reeves is fabulous as is everyone in the cast. Just so nicely done. Parenthood and choices and pressures and not having the answer and what to do... Read more
Published on Nov. 16 2003 by Alicia Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars Who couldn't relate?!
Parenthood is a funny, touching film. I'm not a big Steve Martin fan but he does a wonderful job in this movie, capturing the loving family man who finds himself dealing with... Read more
Published on Sept. 26 2003 by Kim F.
1.0 out of 5 stars Not in "Widescreen?"
This is one of my top twenty movies of all time. It isn't in wide screen format? What were they thinking? I'll never buy it unless they release it in widescreen! Read more
Published on July 11 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie!!
I like Steve Martin, Parenthood is not my favorite of his movies but it is good and the kids are adorable especially the little boy with the blond curly hair who played his son and... Read more
Published on March 31 2003
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