Parenthood (1989)

Directed by Ron Howard

Starring Steve Martin, Mary Steenburgen, Rick Moranis, Keanu Reeves, Dianne Weist, Joaquin Phoenix

One of my favorite shows of all time is Parenthood. The show was based on this film. The reason I got into the show was that I remembered the movie and that drove me to the show and it was even better than the film. I have been looking forward to seeing the film again and finally, I found it on the Peacock streaming service.

The film is about the Buckman family. Frank Buckman and Marilyn have four kids. Gil is a family man and he has three kids of his own. Helen is a divorcee with two kids, one is struggling with his father’s absence and her daughter gets married while still in high school. Susan is married to a strict husband who is concentrated on their kid’s learning development. The youngest is Larry and he’s in a gambling debt that could cost him his life.

Just like the show, what I like about this movie is that it’s an honest look at the beautiful chaos that is parenting. The struggles and the love between a family are presented here in both a funny and moving way. The movie has a lot of heart in it. As a parent now, I can relate so much to the film. When Frank Buckman tells his son that it never ends, the worrying and all it’s such a true statement, I never worried so much in my life before my daughter was born. It also shows the amazing moments that only parents know, like the feeling of dressing up like a cowboy on his son’s birthday and seeing his smile. I dressed once as Luigi because my daughter wanted a Super Mario birthday and she was Princess Peach. This movie and the show, serve as reminders of the amazing gift it is to be a parent but also how hard it is.

The performances are great. Steve Martin is funny, his character is similar to the father of the bride, and he does so well. The whole cast is amazingly filled with a lot of known names and great actors like Rick Moranis, Mary Steenburgen, Keanu Reeves, and a young Joaquin Phoenix.

I’m glad I saw this film today again. If you read and have not watched the film or the show I recommend them.

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