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Parenthood [DVD] [1990]

Steve Martin , Mary Steenburgen , Ron Howard    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 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: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch, English, French, German, Swedish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal
  • DVD Release Date: 3 July 2006
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004D2WI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,332 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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Languages in Dolby Digital Surround: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
Languages in Dolby Stereo: Czech
Languages in Dolby Mono: Polish, Hungarian
Subtitles: English, French, German, Dutch, Swedish

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16 of 17 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and Heartwarming 13 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
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 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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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 Very enjoyable 14 May 2014
By Sue
Steve Martin stars brilliantly as the father of three, trying to relate well to his children, juggling parenthood with his job and his wife. He has three siblings with very different attitudes; one has two rebellious teenagers, one is hot-housing his small daughter, and the other pretty much ignores his delightful son.

It’s character-based, like my favourite books, with plenty of interaction between the various siblings, cousins and other characters. Of course they’re exaggerated, but there’s a grain of truth in everyone. Some humour, and some pathos too – I just wished the topic of home education had come up with Kevin, the sensitive child who was so unhappy at school.

Rated 15, and I assume that’s because of several innuendos and sexual references. But there’s nothing explicit, no nudity, no violence, and – as far as I noticed – no bad language.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 4 months ago by Kelly-Dee
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 11 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 13 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 14 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 14 months ago by Will
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my top five favorite films ever
I love this film.The cast,the directing the script and the situations. This film doesnt have a single strand plot,more situations that we can all relate to with all the different... Read more
Published on 24 July 2011 by D. Mccaffrey
3.0 out of 5 stars Packaging spoilt gift.
A fantastic film. So good, that I bought two more as gifts for my children. Sadly, they both came with DVD outer sleeves entirely in German. Read more
Published on 9 May 2011 by davidS
3.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, but the aspect ratio is 4:3
Anyone planning on ordering this should be aware that despite Amazon saying it's 16:9, it's really 4:3 full frame. Read more
Published on 2 April 2011 by Raymond
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny & a bit scary if you have kids
It is a funny family movie with laugh out loud moments. It is a warm classic, it feels familiar like an old friend. Read more
Published on 12 May 2010 by Saare De Sousa Tina
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film with Steve Martin at his best
This was Steve Martin at his best before in the words of Denis Pennis "Why are you not funny anymore? Read more
Published on 22 Feb 2010 by brentdavids
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