Release year: 1989
Director: Ron Howard
Screenwriter: Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel, Ron Howard
Starring: Steve Martin, Mary Steenburgen, Dianne West, Jason Robards, Rick Moranis, Tom Hulce, Martha Plimpton
Ratings: 2 Oscar nominations: best Supporting Actress (Dianne West), Best Original Song. 3 Golden Globes nominations: Best Actor Comedy/Musical (Steve Martin), Best Supporting Actress (Dianne West), Best Original Song.
We follow the ups and downs of the family life of The Buckman family and their friends.
Ron Howard’s (Cinedrella Man, 2005) hit comedy deals with the everyday life of couples and families, following them through both the good things as wella s the bad things. The astonishing ensemble cast is led by Martin (Roxanne, 1987) and Steenburgen (back to the Future 3, 1990) as the Buckman’s, a couple with their hands full of parenthood and marital problems and the fine balance between work and home. An unexpected pregnancy raises doubt in Gil (Martin) about whether he is doing it right with the kids he has and question his own father while his sister Susan (Harley Kozak) doubts her husband’s (Moranis) controversial upbringing of their child. Gil’s other sister Helen (West) is divorced and juggles children reacting on an indifferent father and a rebellious teen more interested in her boyfriend than in her education. It is a power performance by Martin especially but also by West (Edward Scissorhands, 1990) who received both an Oscar and a Golden globe nomination for the part. Keeanu Reeves (Speed, 1994) is good as the goofy Tod who gets to show some surprising depth and Joaquin Phoenix (Walk the Line, 2005) impressive as the young and sad Garry, but also Robards (All the President’s Men, 1976) gets to show his talent in his storyline with the disappointing son. The problems are all intensified but recognizable for most parents while quirky situations spice things up (like Karen trying to make Gil less tense), making Howard’s comedy classic both entertaining and relevant.
This movie is based on Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Lowell Ganz, and Babaloo Mandel‘s experiences as parents.
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