Universal Pictures | Release Date: August 2, 1989
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KaseySFeb 15, 2010
To this day, I still believe that this is Ron Howard's best film. I've seen this movie dozens of times over the last 20 years and it never gets old. So many poignant moments, the laughter making the drama more intimate, the drama To this day, I still believe that this is Ron Howard's best film. I've seen this movie dozens of times over the last 20 years and it never gets old. So many poignant moments, the laughter making the drama more intimate, the drama making the comedy more personal. This movie was way ahead of its time. Expand
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BruceH.Aug 15, 2007
Some many wonderful things going on, all on different levels. This movie works as a tragedy and a comedy of Shakespearean proportions. It's no masterpiece, just a well-done, multi-layered slice of life film. Touching, funny, interesting.
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moviemongerJul 30, 2011
Ron Howard has a way of churning out films and becoming some sort of wallflower. In this film, Howard stands tall for one reason - you know he is a parent and he wants to tell a story about parenting. The characters in this film are soRon Howard has a way of churning out films and becoming some sort of wallflower. In this film, Howard stands tall for one reason - you know he is a parent and he wants to tell a story about parenting. The characters in this film are so real, touched with a sprinkle of far-fetchedness for comedy's sake - but you realize that this stretch is cleverly planted to drive a message home. That message? Parenting is not always easy. Life is not always easy. But, the ride is what builds character, understanding, and, ultimately the ability to love unconditionally. Steve Martin blends comedy and straight-laced acting perfectly. Dianne Weist is fantastic, as usual. I left the theater feeling good about, not parenting, but, instead, daily interaction with life's bumps and bruises. Expand
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lasttimeisawJun 7, 2014
What leads me to watch this film is Dianne Wiest’s singular Oscar-nomination, how rare a mainstream comedy stars Steve Martin could generate an Oscar-caliber performance? Is it as eccentrically diverting as Marisa Tomei in MY COUSIN VINNYWhat leads me to watch this film is Dianne Wiest’s singular Oscar-nomination, how rare a mainstream comedy stars Steve Martin could generate an Oscar-caliber performance? Is it as eccentrically diverting as Marisa Tomei in MY COUSIN VINNY (1992, 7/10) or a rowdy and raunchy scene-stealer as Melissa McCarthy in BRIDESMAIDS (2011, 7/10)? Neither is the case here, thus the answer could only be that it is Academy’s honeymoon period with Wiest, who has just won an Oscar 3 years earlier for Woody Allen’s HANNAH AND HER SISTERS (1986, 8/10) and would harvest her second trophy pretty soon in another Allen’s satire BULLETS OVER BROADWAY (1994, 8/10).
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heeldavidSep 18, 2014
Ron Howard's Parenthood is well made Comedy-Drama, Steven Martin stars in one of his best and mature roles, Dianne West is very good as a mono parental woman. Many great performances and a great screenplay
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