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Parenthood [DVD] [1990] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Steve Martin , Mary Steenburgen , Ron Howard    DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Steve Martin, Mary Steenburgen, Dianne Wiest, Jason Robards, Rick Moranis
  • Directors: Ron Howard
  • Writers: Ron Howard, Babaloo Mandel, Lowell Ganz
  • Producers: Brian Grazer, Joseph M. Caracciolo
  • Format: AC-3, Colour, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 24 April 2007
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MRNWK6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,328 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Ron Howard's 1989 hit, written by fellow family men Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel (Splash, A League of Their Own), is an original comedy about contemporary life and the eternal responsibilities of raising children. Steve Martin has never been better than as a dedicated husband and father trying (and inevitably failing, as do most of us) to balance the demands of his kids and his job. The actor, like his character, throws himself into the part quite touchingly, particularly in a scene where a hired clown fails to show up at a children's party and Martin's character unabashedly provides the entertainment. Good as Martin is, this is actually an ensemble piece with numerous actors playing members of the same family, with cross-generational joys and disappointments in the air--and parents in conflict, children in love and so on. Jason Robards is very good as a patriarch who finally accepts the reality that the son he adores (Tom Hulce) is a major screw-up. --Tom Keogh,

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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Anyone who's a parent will find themselves in this film. We see the lives of four different siblings (two brothers, two sisters) and how they bring up their children. One (Steve Martin) tries his best to be the father his never was: to be engaged with his children, supportive and attentive but struggling to balance this with work. Another (Rick Moranis) hothouses his daughter. Dianne Wiest is a single working mother trying to bring up two teenagers. Tom Hulce adopts yet another approach. So four different styles, four different ways of bringing up children, balancing home and work. And endless observations of the wonder and challenge of family life. The film also explores the relationships between the different siblings, their partners, their parents. Brilliantly observed, very funny, wonderfully touching - a gem. Essential viewing for anyone who is a parent, or who wants to get an insight into how families really work.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and Heartwarming 13 Nov 2000
By A Customer
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One of Steve Martin's best mainstream rather than strictly comedic offerings, he stars with a terrific cast of actors who all serve to make this a wonderfully amusing and timeless movie. The main theme of the movie is obvious by the title use but it touches on other themes such as childrens relationships with other children and personality / learning differences, amongst others. It has some truly memorable moments of hilarity including an incident that involves an electrical blackout and an unexpected classroom interuption. I find it hard to believe that any one could not enjoy this movie as it has universal themes that no doubt have been used repeatedly but seldom to this effect. It is not contrived, manipulative of its audience or overdone in any way and of all the videos in my personal collection, this is the one I have found myself able to watch the most often. Excellent performances from Dianne Weist, Martha Plimpton and Rick Moranis and watch out for Keanu Reeves playing a sterotypical role with maximum effect and a very young Joaquin Phoenix. (known then as Leaf)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
"Parenthood" is a wonderful experience, because it does what comedy (at it's peak) does best: tell us the truth, with all it's humour and aching.

Essentially the plot is basic: Steve Martin's extended families encounter their various trials and joys in trying to raise their kids. But the plot isn't the real driving force here - it's the beautifully observed characters, written with reality and acted with integrity, that elevate the piece. Jason Robards is great as the emotionally conservative father with a soft spot for his tearaway youngest; Dianne Wiest as a single mother whose brave face keeps slipping; Rick Moranis as the ultimate competitive father; and of course Steve Martin as the Everyman who Doesn't-Want-to-Turn-Out-Like-My-Father. The way the script keeps shifting gears between the light hearted good times families enjoy through to the deep undercurrent of perpetual pathos explodes family life better than almost any film you care to mention.

Some may find parts of the film a little too sugary, and although I can understand this view (we all hate sentimentality dribbling on genuine depictions of love) I'd have to disagree: the film doesn't end with a neat "everything is always sunny" denoument. The moral, ultimately, is that the when you get up close, everyone in a family is "dysfunctional" on some level, but that doesn't stop them being your family, and it doesn't stop you loving them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warm Hearted Comedy 23 Dec 2007
By Jay
One of the things I like about this movie is its...lack of obnoxiousness. Other comedies throw their scenes in your face with little tact and no subtlety, but not so with this movie. Not to say that it isn't funny. It's absolutely hilarious! But the main thing that appeals to me about Parenthood is the warm heart that is at the centre of it all. These characters have nuanced, complicated, and not overly dramatic problems. Just like REAL PEOPLE, and unlike many of the one-faceted characters seen in movies today.

And what better actor to play Gil than Steve Martin? A comedic genius, Martin is capable of playing anything from slimy to sincere, conforming perfectly to his role, and it helps that he's not a cynic. Also watch for great appearances by Tom Hulce, perhaps best known as Amadeus (poor guy, where'd his career go?) and a very young Joaquin Phoenix as Gary.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF RON HOWARDS BEST. 7 Jan 2012
I`m not a massive fan of either Ron Howard films or kids for that matter but the kids in this film are not overly cute in any sickening way,the film has a great cast & a few good laughs.Recommended for anyone with or without kids,who likes these actors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Should be in everybody's top ten 8 May 2009
Very clean wholseome family enteretainment although I suspect our American friends are trying to pass off a succesful group of families as somehow dysfunctional. They're not, they are normal-ish and this is a heart warming and amusing tale, of family life where there is no rasicm, knife crime, drugs, homophobia or any real nasty issues whatsoever to contend with so bland maybe, but hey it's a comedy therefore perfect for cuddling up on the sofa with and escaping the cruel world out there. You will laugh out loud and also be moved by this movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great film with Steve Martin at his best 22 Feb 2010
This was Steve Martin at his best before in the words of Denis Pennis "Why are you not funny anymore?"
Its a great film with some reasonably mature themes some excellent performances..
The old lady who played the Grandma keep an eye out for her cameo, I think this was her one and only film according to IMDB.
If you fancy a night in and want something a bit light hearted instead of misery gore fighting etc etc this will give you some laughs unless you dont have a pulse.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great just as expected
Published 1 month ago by mark ashton
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
Steve Martin stars brilliantly as the father of three, trying to relate well to his children, juggling parenthood with his job and his wife. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sue
1.0 out of 5 stars Not suitable
The picture on the cover does not reflect or prepare us for the contents of this film. I bought it for a little light relief for my 16 year old during this stressful exam period,... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Pat
5.0 out of 5 stars Hasn't lost anything with age
Fantastic film and great resource for teaching about different topics in family life as it touches on lots of areas light and in a comical way
Published 7 months ago by Kelly-Dee
5.0 out of 5 stars Parenthood
This is one of my favourite, all time films.
Each time you watch it you hear and see things you've previously missed.
Definitely a must watch
Published 10 months ago by Pen name :)
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for little kids!
Entertaining and fun but a lot of it is for grown ups. We thought our grandchildren would love it but it was too old for them. Adult themes.
Published 12 months ago by D S Hendry
5.0 out of 5 stars So funny
What a classic comedy for me etc.
just so funny and even better on dvd for yourself or a gift.
Published 15 months ago by Stephen Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!
Steve Martin is great in this film, and love the very young Keanu Reeves...! One of my favourites from the 90's!
Published 16 months ago by Holly
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny film
I didn't think I was gong to enjoy this film - but watched it with friends and thoroughly enjoyed it - learned a few surprises about parenthood too. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mirabelle
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't order !
Unfortunately not playable due to area restrictions. Do not order if you live in Europe. A good film that needs to be ordered from an appropriate site
Published 17 months ago by Will
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