Parenthood (1989)

This feel-good ensemble comedy tracks a quartet of suburban siblings and their families over the course of a single summer. Hardworking Gil Buckman (Steve Martin) and his stay-at-home wife, Karen (Mary Steeenburgen), have just a few months… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: August 2, 1989
DVD Release Date: March 31, 1998
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Bolstered by a delightful cast, Parenthood is a funny and thoughtfully crafted look at the best and worst moments of family life that resonates broadly.

Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

The fulcrum of the film is Martin. It's an adventurous and successful stroke of casting that takes advantage of what the audience expects from him.

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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

The remaining cast, young, old and in-between, is lovely.

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Jim Rohner
Battleship Pretension

What better way to deal with it than through catharsis?

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This movie has its share of laughs, but it's also Ron Howard's most personal film, and clearly his most ambitious.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

With Parenthood, Howard as a director has discovered weight, but not gravity. For all of its admirable seriousness, the film finally floats away.

Mike Massie
Gone With The Twins

Plenty of realistic drama makes its way into the slightly exaggerated scenarios.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

Parenthood easily could have focused exclusively on yuppie parents and their kids; however, the script by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel is more sophisticated than that, remembering that every parent is still a child too.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

There's not a scene in Parenthood that isn't involving: The actors keep reaching into themselves and coming up with gold.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews engaging and often engrossing picture that benefits substantially from the efforts of a uniformly superb cast...

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Mike S
Parenthood is a wonderfully written family film, directed by the infinitely brilliant Ron Howard. Now, I don't have any kids myself, but I can bet the farm… More
Cassie Hill
A true family that sticks together :) A great Steve Martin movie :)
Melvin White
Julie: He said that he loved me.  Helen: Men say that. They all say that. Then they cum.  "It could happen to you." There's so much great stuff… More
Daniel Perry
Honest and surprisingly hard-hitting film-making, despite this film being a more-or-less family-friendly comedy. Everyone is over-the-top in this film in their… More
Thomas Bowler
Great family film with some fine performances. Full review later.
erika bruhns
one of the funniest film that i ever saw.