Parenthood

Parenthood (1989)

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Helen: It sounds like a boy Garry's age needs a man around the house.
Tod: Well, it depends on the man. I had a man around. He used to wake me up every morning by flicking lit cigarettes at my head. He'd say, "Hey, asshole, get up and make me breakfast." You know, Mrs. Buckman, you need a license to buy a dog, or drive a car. Hell, you need a license to catch a fish! But they'll let any butt-reaming asshole be a father.

Julie: I can't do this! This is too intense.
Helen: This is marriage.

Garry: What is it with all the women in this family, that makes all the men in this family wanna leave?

Karen: I happen to like the roller coaster, okay? As far as I'm concerned, your grandmother is brilliant.
Gil: Yeah, if she's so brilliant, why is she sitting in our NEIGHBOR'S CAR?

Gil: We'll throw away the TV. We'll perform Shakespeare in front of him.

Nathan: Did he say "Cool"?
Gil: Cool.

Gil: Keep Patty away from Larry - suck the intelligence right out of her.

Karen: Do you really have to go?
Gil: My whole life is "have to."

Karen: He likes to butt things... with his head.
Nathan: How proud you must be.

Justin: Who's that?
Gil: It's my kid brother, Larry, your uncle. Don't give him any money.
Justin: I won't.

Marilyn Buckman: Cool is adorable. Adorable! Why didn't you write us when you had a son?
Larry Buckman: I didn't know myself until a couple of months ago. You see, a few years ago, I was living in Vegas with this girl. Showgirl. She was in that show 'Elvis On Ice'. Anyhow, we drifted apart, as people do in these complicated times, and then a couple of months ago, she shows up with Cool and tells me "You watch him. I shot someone. I have to leave the country " That's a parent?

Revealing mistake: When Nathan walks into the classroom singing, the center sliding glass door on the back bookcase has been pushed to the side, so as not to see the reflection of the camera/crew as Nathan walks up the aisle following the camera. (01:42:15)

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Trivia: Director Ron Howard's real-life daughter, Bryce Dallas, is the redhead girl in the audience during the play.

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Question: Since Helen is one of the 4 adult Buckman children, and had been previously married to Julie and Garry's dad, why is Julie's last name also Buckman? I could see Helen going back to her maiden name, that's not uncommon but it would be unusual to have a teenager (in the late 80's) who had her mother's name rather than her father's. Or was this a plot hole that was created so that they could create the conflict of the photographs scene?

Answer: If a child becomes estranged from their father after their parents have divorced, it's not all that uncommon for the child to take their mother's maiden surname instead of their father's.

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