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Parenthood

1989
Comedy
Drama
2h 4m
The Buckman family is a midwestern family all dealing with their lives: estranged relatives, raising children, pressures of the job, and learning to be a good parent and spouse. (imdb)
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Parenthood

1989
Comedy
Drama
2h 4m
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Rated 25 Jul 2019
65
48th
Fortunately this wasn't the definitive musing on the topic of parenthood because I don't know if I could live without Bad Moms.
Rated 22 Aug 2023
60
34th
I get so angry watching these movies because everyone is saying they're 30 something and live in giant houses working as like an ice cream taster and will retire at 45 with a yacht.
Rated 23 Feb 2008
90
89th
Deserves more recognition than it recieves
Rated 11 Jan 2012
78
62nd
Nice heartfelt movie with some good moments and a great cast.
Rated 21 Sep 2010
74
90th
I think this is one of the more underated movies from its time period. A lot of funny moments. It's not gutbuster but parts of it feel very honest and real. One of the few roles that perfectly cast Keanu Reeves (along with I Love You to Death).
Rated 03 Jan 2010
76
72nd
Ron Howard has assembled a great ensemble cast (look out for a young Joaquin Phoenix and Keanu Reeves) for this multi-layered relationship dramedy. Even twenty years later, the themes ring true, and while this isn't a particularly sprawling and powerful film, it works pretty well. Rather than suffering through something recent like "The Family Stone," this late 80s film showcases some funny and genuinely heartfelt moments revolving around an extended family.
Rated 16 Mar 2017
80
73rd
Everything is tied up and solved in the end with a typical Ron Howard bow, but the ride is enjoyable enough. Steve Martin is the lynch pin of the film, but impressive performances come from Robards and Wiest. Most importantly, however, is Joaquin Phoenix's haircut. The film would fall apart without that gem.
Rated 05 Oct 2013
55
35th
5+ pretty good
Rated 01 Jan 2024
55
41st
I have not seen this in what must be close to 30 years. All I really remember is the 'Diarrhoea Song'. Mature, I know.
Rated 30 Mar 2012
83
74th
82.500
Rated 18 Apr 2023
75
82nd
Young adult Martha Plimpton looks like a man in drag.
Rated 28 Aug 2012
85
73rd
Some scenes are masterfully hilarious, but it is never irreverent. Quite good.
Rated 06 Oct 2012
72
42nd
Rambling family comedy/drama has moments and performances that work very well, but the film can't shake off its lack of a strong narrative spine, which means the various story threads tend to drift aimlessly a little too often, and a screenplay which strays into a glib sitcom. However, Martin is terrific in an unusually straight role (for his 80s era filmography), Robards is excellent as the elder of the family and Wiest steals the film (as usual) in an excellent portrait of bitter loneliness.
Rated 29 Mar 2013
59
33rd
Alright and surprisingly edgy, especially for the ~parenting comedy~ subgenre that can be so fucking atrocious.
Rated 09 Mar 2022
89
90th
This movie is just perfectly done. Every character is completely believable, the story is low-key and true to life without ever being dull, flat, listlessly tawdry or inert. There are many shockingly witty & memorable lines. One of the best family comedies I've ever seen. Has some sexy moments, but probably nothing you couldn't watch with your grandma.
Rated 30 Jul 2013
63
61st
Some great moments. Quite a few schmaltzy ones.
Rated 10 May 2018
60
25th
rvw. glad it led to a wayyyyy better tv show. i love rick moranis lol. cowboy dan, gill-t. shooting, you made me play 2nd base! i'm waiting for her head to spin around! lmao. rick sang why do birdssss
Rated 19 Oct 2013
81
68th
80.500
Rated 21 May 2014
70
19th
Hard not to like this when it has a cast full of everyone's favorite 80s actors and actresses, from Rick Moranis to Dianne Wiest.
Rated 13 Sep 2014
7
84th
I'm actually a huge fan of the Parenthood TV show adaptation on NBC - I've put it on my top 10 TV shows of the year list for three years running - so this movie was more of a curiosity compared to that than anything else. But it still had a fair number of moving and/or funny moments, mostly strong performances and an enjoyably shaggy feel to it. It's also interesting as a relic of its era: Movies of this genre/tone/pacing have been essentially absent from major multiplex screens for years now.
Rated 29 Sep 2010
11
56th
A charming film about family, particularly the struggles of parenthood.
Rated 10 May 2015
8
80th
The script here is well-developed, and its multiple narrative strands are expertly pieced together; you get a really good feel for each of the characters (thanks also to a great cast), and the film never feels disjointed. The stories contain a nice blend of comedy and drama, never becoming too outrageous in either aspect, favouring realism over shock value, and they are capped off by a touching silent final scene as the family comes together to welcome yet another generation.
Rated 21 Jun 2015
75
77th
Interweaves drama and comedy to great effect. The cast is terrific, and the script has many really funny jokes. The sentimental moments are well-judged, too.
Rated 21 Feb 2021
100
86th
https://esperwatchesfilms.tumblr.com/post/643700805470437376/parenthood-1989
Rated 30 Jun 2017
69
28th
The ensemble cast does a nice job in this film. Unfortunately the script becomes to sappy and in some cases unrealistic. With a better script this could have been a really good movie. Overall this film is disappointing.
Rated 21 Feb 2008
69
63rd
Ideal father.
Rated 02 Apr 2007
90
86th
Literally a family comedy. Very funny and engaging
Rated 14 Aug 2007
30
11th
Surprisingly unfunny given the cast, the only points are for the blowjob in the car scene.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
65
17th
First sight of Steve Martin losing it.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
53
45th
When you are sliding into first... And whatever happened to Martha Plimpton.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
74
55th
Uneven, a bit sentimental, but overall pretty enjoyable. Good performances all around, especially by Steve Martin, and a script that's actually pretty clever.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
82nd
funny and family!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
67
30th
Feels a bit too loose but mildly enjoyable.
Rated 15 Aug 2007
73
60th
Funny ensemble film. Great direction by Ron Howard. All around pretty good.
Rated 22 Aug 2007
50
49th
good
Rated 29 Oct 2007
55
39th
Really funny and entertaining. Great cast.
Rated 01 Jan 2011
88
66th
Ron Howard's first-rate dramatic comedy Parenthood, with Steve Martin headlining a first-rate cast in a most clever script about the joy and pain of being both a parent and a child.
Rated 27 Feb 2008
92
97th
Love Steve Martin. The grandmother talking about the roller coaster I find to be pretty true, and I don't even have kids.
Rated 01 Dec 2008
22
20th
Hvor er slapstickeren? Endnu engang viser Steve marin sin dårlige evne til at vælge det rigtige manuskript
Rated 21 Jan 2009
75
71st
A funny comedy, produced by Brian Grazer, on the relationships of an entire family, from various points of view.
Rated 27 Jun 2009
87
77th
My favorite Ron Howard film, though I'd say it feels more like a vehicle for Steve Martin than "a Ron Howard film." The right amount of humor and sad reality, rounded out with a great cast.
Rated 18 Sep 2009
65
59th
Not one of my favourite Steve Martin comedy's from the 1980's, but all in all its entertaining.
Rated 09 Mar 2010
6
52nd
A decent Steve Martin comedy.
Rated 06 Apr 2010
78
67th
One of the best overall Hollywood scripts, for what it's worth. It's appropriately sentimental with some great moments (Cool with his grandfather) - but the film's direction never quite matches the excellent acting and dialogue. And I still hate Randy Newman.
Rated 08 Aug 2010
70
63rd
remember this as a sort of classic from my childhood, won't watch it again unless it's on tele so positive score
Rated 02 Mar 2007
50
35th
Not bad.
Rated 17 Oct 2010
35
90th
"Parenthood is a middlebrow masterpiece. Not a masterpiece of middlebrow but a middlebrow masterpiece, with the latter word being the subject, not the modifier." - Eric Henderson

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