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Parenthood (Special Edition) (1989)

Steve Martin , Rick Moranis , Ron Howard  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Steve Martin, Rick Moranis, Keanu Reeves, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen
  • Directors: Ron Howard
  • Writers: Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel
  • Producers: Brian Grazer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MRNWK6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,209 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Parenthood (Special Edition)" on IMDb

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  • Art Imitating Life
  • Family Reunion
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    Relive all the heart-warming moments of the unforgettable film that explores life's most rewarding occupation in Parenthood. Steve Martin stars as Gil Martin, a funny and loving husband who's also trying too hard to be the "perfect" parent to his uniquely different kids. Rick Moranis, Keanu Reeves, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen and Dianne Wiest also star in this family affair you'll want to watch again and again!

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    20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Ron Howard's best and funniest May 29, 2000
    Format:VHS Tape
    "Parenthood" boasts of one of the best casts ever assembled. The writing is sharp and witty, the editing perfect, and the acting superb. My favorites are the always amazing Dianne Wiest, who's comedic timing is flawless, a young and lovable Keanu Reeves, and Helen Shaw, who plays "Grandma". This is a comedy that endures because it has a great big heart.
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    39 of 45 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Will have you alternately laughing and crying! February 7, 2000
    Format:DVD
    Steve Martin is top billed in this film and he is excellent but the rest of the cast is just as good. This movie is actually divided into four separate parts-four different branch off's of the same family (the father, his kids and their families)-that allows this fine ensemble to portray all the ups and downs of family life. It is a film that teaches without preaching and it's lesson is clearly understood: in life, you can't have the peaks without the valleys. And because of it every character comes to stark realizations about themselves and their relationships with other people. All the characters, that is, except the one played by Tom Hulce. But even that character is correctly written; it just simply isn't the right time for him to realize.The interactions between the father (Jason Robards) and his two sons (Hulce and Martin) tell us much about all three characters' past, present and future. Unfortunately there isn't any interaction between the father and the two daughters, played by Martha Plimpton and Dianne Wiest, but with so many characters to deal with and so many ties to bind, there simply wasn't time. But the time the writers have is well spent indeed. Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel have taken a very basic idea and expanded on it in a realistic and original way. It's no wonder that all the characters are tied together so perfectly in the end.Ron Howard has taken that script and directed these tremendous performers to superlative work. Very seldom have any of them been better. Martin shines in an everyman IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE portrayal of the father of three and the second oldest child of the four earlier mentioned. Not since ROXANNE had he given a performance of such range and depth. Read more ›
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    22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    Format:DVD
    Personal experience with the changes that children brought to their lives inspired director Ron Howard and writers Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Madel to write this comic take on the challenges of family. Steve Martin plays Gil Buckman, a good-humored husband and father whose dissatisfaction with his own childhood makes him try all the harder to ensure the happiness and success of his own children, as his extended family struggles with their own offspring. Gil, his sisters' families and the elder Buckman's, his parents, try to find the "right" thing to do for their children while dealing with the demands of spouses, life's ill-timed inconveniences, their own aspirations, and each other.

    "Parenthood" is a laugh-out-loud look at the perils and rewards of family. Everyone will recognize someone they know in the imperfect children, crazy relatives, and inevitable dysfunctional family member. The film's charm is its familiarity. And it's nice to see characters that don't react to every disappointment by trying to control everyone involved. The cast is wonderful. Gil, the earnest, lovable, and slightly neurotic father, is the perfect role for Steve Martin. In notable supporting roles, Jason Robards is suitably cantankerous as the family patriarch, and Keanu Reeves is affable as a flakey boyfriend. "Parenthood" is funny, realistic, and a great stress-reliever for anyone who has had it up to the gills with family.

    The DVD: Bonus features include "Production Notes", which is an essay about the inspiration and creation of the film, and "Cast and Filmmakers", which provides written bios of the director and principal cast. Subtitles are available in Spanish, captioning in English. And dubbing is available in French.
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Years later, "Parenthood" still speaks volumes January 27, 2005
    Format:DVD
    I saw this movie on TV recently and then decided to watch the DVD again, uncut and without interruption. "Parenthood" (1989) is a wonderful movie dealing with LIFE in general. Messages that still speak volumes years later. Married life - showing the good and bad aspects - and then some. You'll laugh at loud at many scenes, and you may cry at others. Travel through the kids birthday parties (Steve Martin is at his best here as "Cowboy Dan"), the kids little league games, family and house management, car trouble, the pressures of work, etc. One family's day-to-day life captured beautifully by director Ron Howard. As much as this is a good movie, the cast is equally impressive. Steve Martin in probably his finest role of the 1980's, Dianne Wiest, Jason Robards, Rick Moranis, Tom Hulce, Mary Steenbergen, and youngsters yet to star in a major motion picture - Keanu Reeves and Joaquin Phoenix. Steve Martin has put some nice family oriented movies together on his resume ("Cheaper By The Dozen", "Father Of The Bride", and dare I say "Bringing Down The House"), but "Parenthood" is the best. DVD features: Not much - only some written production notes and actor bios. 124 minutes and full screen format only. Here's to hoping Universal Studios puts out a deluxe edition in wide screen with some worthy bonus features centered around the superb cast. Great film.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    One of my favorites
    Published 1 day ago by Kevin Beam
    1.0 out of 5 stars Good movie so big bummer
    Had 3 replacements, all arrived not in the "holder". Never was able to give the gift. Good movie so big bummer.
    Published 2 days ago by Wendi
    5.0 out of 5 stars Parenthood DVD.
    This is a good family movie. I will keep it for years and watch it from time to time.
    Published 8 days ago by James C. Hilton
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Funny
    Published 12 days ago by aziz9971
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie- it is funny and describes the ups ...
    Love this movie- it is funny and describes the ups and downs of family to a T. Makes me laugh every time I watch it!
    Published 12 days ago by Beth
    5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Steve Martin flick!
    Had to watch/analyze family dynamics for a class.
    Published 22 days ago by Joe
    1.0 out of 5 stars Issues viewing on Amazon Instant for Wii
    Movie kept stopping and attempting to reload. I was unable to watch the whole film without it stopping to load and restarting multiple times. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Katie Baughman
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
    It was great to see this movie again. It is still so relevant even after all these years. I recommend it.
    Published 1 month ago by MJ
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love
    Who doesn't love this movie! Great movie, great rental. This is a funny heart warming video that reminds us of the work we all have to do on ourselves
    Published 1 month ago by CRF
    3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best, not the worst
    Dark humor maybe? I think there was maybe 3-4 laugh out loud moments. Somewhat predictable. Not the best performance by some of the best in their day. Nice ending though.
    Published 1 month ago by JReyna09
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