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: 93% 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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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A feel-good sitcom about three generations of middle-class California suburban dwelling parents trying to deal with their vexing children as they experience growing pains.

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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.

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Dennis King
Tulsa World

It's hard to imagine a theme more universal and filled with human pitfalls than parenthood. And it's hard to imagine a movie treatment of that theme more humane and filled with gentle sympathy than director Ron Howard's Parenthood.

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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.

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Paul M. Bradshaw
Total Film

Ambitiously probing every anxiety-ridden corner of the suburban mum-and-dad experience, some of its interconnecting story strands work better than others.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% 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.