Monthly Archives: November 2011

Late to naming your kid ‘Cool!’ A Review of Parenthood

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

I remember the moment I first heard this movie referenced (at least, when it was pointed out to me). I was being bossy and told my boyfriend to do something. He responded, “okay mama,” in the creepiest voice ever and then started giggling.

Yeah, it never gets old (lies).

Parenthood has a cast filled with people I love: Steve Martin   (swoon), Dianne Weist (love), Rick Moranis (my heart!), and baby Joaquin Phoenix né Leaf (chubby cheeks). And quite honestly, I sort of adore Keanu Reeves in this movie. I mean, he’s in love with Martha Plimpton. Who can even begin to understand that?

This movie is incredibly sweet and I think the plot and screenplay still hold up even though this movie is more than twenty years old. Parenthood is definitely a movie you watch with your family, placing bets on what scene will make your mother burst into tears first. There were several scenes I could see my mom relating to, most notably the retainer scene (seriously, those things are worse than keys and remote controls). I know she’d cry at the scene when Rick Moranis sings in the classroom, or where the dad realizes that Larry is never going to grow up, or the scene where Tod is in a wreck. I think I’ll love and relate to the movie even more when I watch it when I’m a mother.

As an aside, is the show “Parenthood” related to this movie? Is it any good? Maybe I should start watching…

Face palm moment: Dianne Wiest, my girl from Law & Order. Yeah, she’s been in a few other things but she’ll always be Nora to me.

Favorite part: One of the things that I really like about this movie is that right as it starts to get a little TOO sappy, they reel it back in with some humor. My favorite scene was definitely where Karen and Gil are arguing, and Grandma comes in and tells this really wonderful story about a rollercoaster.

Grandma: You know, when I was nineteen, Grandpa took me on a roller coaster.
Gil: Oh?
Grandma: Up, down, up, down. Oh, what a ride!
Gil: What a great story.
Grandma: I always wanted to go again. You know, it was just so interesting to me that a ride could make me so frightened, so scared, so sick, so excited, and so thrilled all together! Some didn’t like it. They went on the merry-go-round. That just goes around. Nothing. I like the roller coaster. You get more out of it.

Then comes the humor–

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?

Unrelated, but this little exchange was a treasure as well:

Julie: He said that he loved me.
Helen: Men say that. They all say that. Then they cum.

The “I missed that in pop culture trivia” moment: Dude. Most obviously, the diarrhea song. Because every kid my age used to sing that song when I was little, and yet I had no context. Why is everyone so obsessed with poop? WHY?

Regrettable tardiness scale (out of 10): I’d give it a low score here just because I don’t think I missed out on a ton because I didn’t see it earlier. I did enjoy it though and recommend it to everyone, especially those of you with a completely insane family like mine.