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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Bought for my sister. Good price and well packaged. Disc works great.Published 6 months ago by Ryan
je ne me lasse pas de voir ce film , un de mes préférés .Published 22 months ago by leonardstjacques
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 morePublished on May 5 2004 by Nelson Aspen
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 morePublished on May 4 2004 by charles w. gaddy
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 morePublished on March 28 2004 by Bricktop
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 morePublished on Jan. 25 2004 by D. Dyer
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 morePublished on Jan. 13 2004
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 morePublished on Nov. 16 2003 by Alicia Walker