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The buckmans are a modern-day family facing the age-old dilemma of trying to raise children the right way. At the center of the storm is gil, who manages to keep his unique sense of humor while attempting to maintain a successful career and be a loving husband and parent at the same time.


Studio Universal
SKU 204035661
UPC 025193236524
UPC 14 00025193236524
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Family (General)
Family Interaction
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note The Buckmans are a modern-day family facing the age-old dilemma of trying to raise children the "right" way. At the center of the storm is Gil, who manages to keep his unique sense of humor while maintaining his career, and being a loving husband and parent.
Plot Summary
Summary The trials and tribulations of middle-class family life are depicted in director Ron Howard's humorous and loving ode to the joys of parenthood. Middle-manager Gil Buckman struggles to reconcile his ambitions at work with his loyalty to his family, particularly to his troubled son, Kevin. His divorced sister Helen has a sullen and withdrawn son and a sexually active teenage daughter. Gil's other sister, Susan, is a schoolteacher married to an ambitious yuppie determined to make a genius of their 3-year-old daughter. Their long-lost brother, the irresponsible Larry, has always been daddy's favorite and returns home with an illegitimate son named Cool.
Rolling Stone "...Heartfelt and howlingly comic..." 08/24/1989 p.38
New York Times "...[A] sophisticated sitcom of a movie....A rich evocation of the swirl of suburban family life..." 08/02/1989 p.C15
Los Angeles Times "...[Howard's] fine touch with ensembles reaches real maturity here, as he pulls together the script's tendency to skitter between sociology and sitcom, making it into one perceptive, delicious whole..." 08/02/1989 p.C1
Ron Howard
Steve Martin
Cast & Crew
Babaloo Mandel - Screenplay
Brian Grazer - Producer
Christopher Nowak - Art Director
Daniel P. Hanley - Editor
Dianne Wiest - Actor
Donald McAlpine - Cinematographer
Jason Robards - Actor
Joaquin Phoenix - Actor
Joseph M. Caracciolo - Executive Producer
Keanu Reeves - Actor
Lowell Ganz - Screenplay
Lowell Ganz, et. al. - Based On Story By
Martha Plimpton - Actor
Mary Steenburgen - Actor
Mike Hill - Editor
Rick Moranis - Actor
Ron Howard - Director
Steve Martin - Actor
Technical Info
Catalog ID 61032365
UPC 00025193236524
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 124 minutes
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Nominee (1990) Golden Globe, Randy Newman, Best Original Song - Motion Picture,Golden Globe, Steve Martin, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical,Golden Globe, Diane Wiest, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture,Grammy, Randy Newman, Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television,Oscar, Randy Newman, Best Music, Original Song,Oscar, Diane Wiest, Best Actress in a Supporting Role
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review 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. It's the best kind of comedy, where we recognize the truth of what's happening even while we're smiling, and where we eventually acknowledge that there is a truth in comedy that serious drama never can quite reach...What I enjoyed most about the movie was the way so many scenes were thought through to an additional level...Having emerged from a TV sitcom ("Happy Days") determined to become a director, [Howard] paid his dues with apprentice work like "Grand Theft Auto," went on to box office and critical success with "Splash" and "Cocoon." Now he has made a wonderful film that shows him as a filmmaker mature and secure enough to find truth in comedy, and comedy in truth, even though each hides in the other so successfully.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Special Edition, English, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1)
Product Attributes
Actor Martin,Steve
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Insightful...warm, winning and truthful...
Rita Kempley, Washington Post A veritable diaper bag of laughs...

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