Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #304 Parenthood

In Uncategorized on August 28, 2011 at 12:11 AM

Movie #304 Parenthood

(1989, US, d. Ron Howard)

Parenthood is a film that I believe to have been released years before its time. From a story perspective, it’s completely fresh. It tells the story of three sets of families, each with kids, as they struggle with their various (at times melodramatic) issues of life. It is a film that combines modern forms of editing, linear storytelling and mixes them with the interesting choice of genre: comedy. And somehow, it works. The star, of course, is Steve Martin – but its the stellar supporting cast of Dianne West, Mary Steenburgen, Rick Moranis, and Jason Robards that really add the frosting on the cake. Describing Parenthood seems to be almost a waste of space. It is a film about family problems, and director Ron Howard is able to tell this story without ever being too ‘on-the-head’, mainstream, or even forceful. In fact, by maintaining the lightheartedness that this film evokes, he is really able to highlight the seriousness of the issue: that is, family relationships. Acted wonderfully, scripted originally and well before its cue, and directed sensitively, Parenthood is a very funny film. But it’s funny because it is honest. We’ve all been there. We’re all going there. But it’s nice to see on the screen.

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