Parenthood Synopsis
Middle-class parents (Steve Martin, Mary Steenburgen, Dianne Wiest) try to do it right.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Ron Howard's Parenthood is a delicate balancing act between comedy and truth, a movie that contains a lot of laughter and yet is more...
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88

Rolling Stone

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Parenthood, heartfelt and howlingly comic, also comes spiced with risk and mischief. Just when you fear the movie might be swept away on a...
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88

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Funny, gritty, filled with surprising stabs of feeling, Parenthood is a stretch for Ron Howard, its director. This new adult comedy has the...
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88

TV Guide

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While Parenthood crosses the border into schmaltz a number of times, the movie runs the gamut of realistic emotions, and one scene or...
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Gene Siskel
Ron Howard's first-rate dramatic comedy Parenthood, with Steve Martin headlining a first-rate cast in a most clever script about the joy...
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80

Empire

By Caroline Westbrook
A funny and touching look at the joys of family life.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Julie Salamon
The picture sets up high expectations for itself with its wonderful casting, and the actors don't disappoint. [1 Aug 1989, p.1]
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

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Parenthood is a charming, amusing piece of work. It doesn't say anything new - Howard clings as tightly to tradition as Norman Rockwell -...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
The new film Parenthood is a challenging, funny, affecting and mostly rewarding effort - like parenthood itself. It makes good use of a...
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50

USA Today

By Mike Clark
The borderline Parenthood is either an iffy comedy with lots of compensations, or a good comedy with more irritating flaws than most movies...
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Rated PG-13
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 14+ Poignant family dramedy with lots of adult themes.
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