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  • Actors: Steve Martin, Mary Steenburgen, Dianne Wiest, Jason Robards, Rick Moranis
  • Directors: Ron Howard
  • Writers: Ron Howard, Babaloo Mandel, Lowell Ganz
  • Producers: Brian Grazer, Joseph M. Caracciolo
  • Format: NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Universal Music Group
  • VHS Release Date: Oct. 29 2002
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301585887
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,567 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)
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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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By elfdart on April 29 2008
Format: DVD
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 almost dark for a family movie. don't get me wrong... it's not at all depressing or dystopian, but it isn't the typical disney 'it's all flowers and sunshine' either. it dealt with (granted) stereotypical problems parents and children face. because all of the families in the movie were related we got to see a bunch of different types of family dynamics, and it was also interesting to note that they interacted normally with each other, even though we the viewers know they all have their problems. there was the single mother who had the two teenage children, so we get to see hormonal problems there. one of those kids has a boyfriend whom she marries early, though they're still high school aged. there is the stereotypical tv family with the early middle aged couple who have three young kids. steve martin's the dad in this one so they're kind of the focus family (also because that's the stereotypical family) and they have trouble with their eldest son who has emotional problems. then there is the child prodigy family, the guy puts everything into making his little kid a genius and ignores his wife, and finally the grandparents who have to deal with one of their kids coming home with a grandchild they've never seen before and a son in debt.

big schpeal aside... because the movie addresses actual lows that families go through instead of just supposing those issues and not actually addressing them, the highs they go through are that much more believable. and the roller coaster metaphor at the end of the movie was nice too. at the end they accepted the chaos and tried to make the best of it, which was nice.

i have to be in the mood for it, and when i am this is one of my favourite movies.
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By M. Buisman on 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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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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