Ron Howard (1989)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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.


Anxious family man Gil Buckman is determined to have a better relationship with his three children than he had with his tough father. Elsewhere, his two sisters are also having family problems - one is struggling to understand her two troubled teenagers, while the other's husband wants to turn their toddler into a child genius. Comedy drama, starring Steve Martin, Keanu Reeves, Mary Steenburgen, Jason Robards and Dianne Wiest.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Ron Howard
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: SwearingAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama Comedy