Parenthood

  • 15
  • Ron Howard (1989)
  • US
  • 118 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

This feel-good family ensemble piece from director Ron Howard manages to avoid being oversentimental, and the result is an affectionate, leisurely comedy about the joys (and otherwise) of bringing up children. Steve Martin grabs the comic honours as the elder son of a family headed by crotchety Jason Robards, although there are fine performances, too, from a star-studded supporting cast that includes Dianne Wiest, Rick Moranis, Mary Steenburgen, Martha Plimpton and Keanu Reeves. Howard handles the large number of different story strands adeptly and he makes the most of Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel's sharp script and some neat set pieces, notably Martin's cowboy turn at his son's birthday party.

Plot Summary

Family comedy starring Steve Martin as Gil Buckman, an overly anxious father who is determined that his children will have a better childhood than he did. But he discovers that parents' expectations for their offspring rarely match reality.

Cast and crew

Cast

Gil Buckman
Steve Martin
Karen Buckman
Mary Steenburgen
Helen
Dianne Wiest
Frank
Jason Robards
Nathan
Rick Moranis
Larry
Tom Hulce
Tod
Keanu Reeves
Julie
Martha Plimpton
Susan
Harley Jane Kozak
Garry
Joaquin Phoenix
Kevin
Jasen Fisher

Crew

Director
Ron Howard

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Guidance: 
Swearing and sexual references.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate 15
Categories
Comedy
Drama