Gerry: I was bad husband but a good father. Brian: I'll be remembered as bad at both. New Tricks DVD
Parenthood (Special Edition) Steve Martin Mary Steenburgen Tom Hulce Jason Robards Dianne Wiest Keanu Reeves Martha Plimpton Harley Jane Kozak comedy embraces 3 generations role modeling alcoholism, divorce, gambling, lying and the impact on grandchildren, resilience offered by family connection.
NEW TRICKS COLLECTION, SEASONS 1-5,New Tricks Collection: Seasons 6-10 Cold Case comedies looks at parenting from the individual's point of view, creating surrogate a family network of support in the workplace for talented alcoholics, one in recovery sort of, who pursue individual goals without the burden of caring about anyone else but themselves.
Parenthood (Special Edition) facilitates understanding of human weakness, selfishness, vanity, greed, self aggrandizement, and pursuit of own dreams at the sacrifice of children, grandchildren and nameless innocent bystanders as in
When A Man Loves A Woman Meg Ryan Andy Garcia comedy impact of mother's alcoholism on children,
28 Days (Special Edition) Sandra Bullock Viggo Mortensen Steve Buscemi comedy inpatient detoxification (sex drugs rock'n'roll),
Stuart Saves His Family Vincent D'Onofrio Laura San Giacomo Shirley Knight Harris Yulin comedy from SNL: AlAnon NarAnon Spendaholics Overeaters' Anonymous sponsors as surrogate family support network.
Parenthood offers a more hopeful outcome, though the end credits do reveal a Down's Syndrome baby from the Mary Steenburgen character's desire to hold onto a fading role as "mother" when her youngest goes off the school.
2007 interviews with writers, actors, director Ron Howard are informative as the the maturation of attitude from youthful exuberance when the film debuted in 1989 to the reflective musing of the entire cast in looking back at their work ensemble.
5* thoughtful comedy complements A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Tom Hanks and
Won't You Be My Neighbor? Mr Rogers biopic life dedicated to befriending children and
Departures Oscar Best Foreign film learning forgiveness for parenting in absentia, poignant comedy, child abandoned age 6, grows up trying to please absent parent an enigma pursuing own life separate from duty, child as adult loses job, spouse departs, cobbles together a network of support mentors as surrogate family: employer and bath house owner, learns ritual meditation, finally achieves self forgiveness. Realizes it is not a deficiency in self as unlovable, but a problem in the parent which elicits adult child compassion.