Lunchtime Movie Review

Parenthood (1989)

Episode #116

Universal Pictures released Parenthood to theaters on August 2, 1989. Ron Howard directed the film starring Steve Martin, Mary Steenburgen, Dianne Wiest.

Parenthood Movie Summary

In the year of Batman’s new beginning, Marty McFly’s middle, and Indiana Jones’ ending-that-should-have-been comes another superhero movie. One filled to the brim with nostalgic fathers falling off horses in a single bound out of the saddle; single mothers with glow-in-the-dark, battery-operated items found in her dresser drawer; and, Ted Theodore Logan blowing up his time-machine to win the heart of his impregnated teenage bride.

That’s right… We are talking “Parenthood”. That Ron Howard-directed masterpiece filled with SCTV and SNL comedians who aren’t as funny as they are thought-provoking and tiny child actors stealing scenes from some of the best actors of the 80s and 90s. We are introduced to the entire dysfunctional shitty-father Jason Robards’-led family:

First, we have eldest son, Gil, played by Steve Martin being, well, Steve Martin. A loving, excellent father who wants to be everything to his wife and children that his own, bulldozer of a shitty father wasn’t – a stand-up comedian with a heart. With beloved wife, Mary Steenburgen, caring for their three not-so-perfect children in a home and lifestyle straight out of Hollywood casting of the Lifestyles of the Rich and Father of the Bride, we are sure to see family heartache done to humorous familial effect.

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Universal Pictures released Parenthood to theaters on August 2, 1989. Ron Howard directed the film starring Steve Martin, Mary Steenburgen, Dianne Wiest.

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  1. I guess only parents were allowed to review this one so Chris sat this one out? Funny to hear a reference to The Road, certainly didn’t expect that. I wonder how Matt would react to one of his kids acting in school plays, would he tell them how bad they are:).

    1. Yeah, this is a movie that never really interested me…and Matt might now have told them how bad they were, but he might tell us!

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