MovieRob’s Birthday Bash of Favorites 2022 (#14 of 49) – Parenthood (1989) – Encore Review 2


January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 48, so I decided to watch 49 (48+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month.  I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me.  Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that are spoiler free before reading on…

Hope you enjoy!

This is film #14 of the 49.

Let’s continue with… 

“I happen to LIKE the roller coaster, okay? As far as I’m concerned, your grandmother is brilliant.” – Karen

“Yeah, if she’s so brilliant, why is she sitting in our NEIGHBOR’S CAR?” – Gil

Initial Viewing Memories – I saw this movie in the theater when it debited and despite not understanding it as well as I do now, I loved it ever since. The way that they describe family life is so profound and the way that this drama is peppered with comic moments shows how life can be for all of us.

Number of Times Seen – Too many times to count (Theater, DVD, 2 Jul 2013, 27 Jul 2016 and 10 Jan 2022)

Link to original reviewHere and Here

Brief Synopsis – An executive must deal with his extended family as problems arise that they all need to find ways to handle.

My Take on it – This is a movie that I have loved ever since I first saw it more than 3 decades ago.

Steve Martin is superbly cast in the lead and helps make things feel even more poignant by the way it all plays out.

The movie has a stellar cast and shows the kind of issues that many families need to deal with as life goes on.

The solutions are presented really well and things stay so entertaining from start to finish.

The way that they deal with multi-generational aspects of parenthood works so well here in allowing the viewer to get a clear understanding that once one is a parent, they will remain that way through the good and the bad until the end of their days.

The characters created here are developed quite well so that none feel like they are stereotypes or caricatures which adds so much to helping make things so much more poignant and profound along the way.

Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – During filming, the cast became obsessed with playing the murder game (a game in which one person, who is the murderer, has to find a subtle way to kill other players simply by looking at them without giving themselves away as the murder). This is very apparent in the dinner scene where everyone is sitting around the table. If you watch everyone’s eye movements, it’s obvious they are playing the game. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)

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