1989 PG-13 2h 4m DVD


1989 PG-13 2h 4m DVD
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Director Ron Howard teams with Steve Martin for a heartwarming comedy about life's most rewarding occupation: parenthood. Gil (Martin) and Karen Buckman (Mary Steenburgen) are facing the age-old dilemma of trying to raise their children the "right" way. But as Gil and the rest of his clan (including Rick Moranis, Tom Hulce, Jason Robards and Dianne Wiest) soon discover, being the "perfect" parent often means just letting children be themselves.
Steve Martin, Mary Steenburgen, Dianne Wiest, Jason Robards, Rick Moranis, Tom Hulce, Martha Plimpton, Keanu Reeves, Harley Jane Kozak, Dennis Dugan, Joaquin Phoenix, Eileen Ryan
Ron Howard
Full Screen 1.33:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this affecting dramedy treads lightly on racy subjects -- porn and teen sexuality, for instance -- and does so with great heart and humor. It's a fairly realistic -- pumped up a bit for comedy, of course -- look at parenthood, warts and all. It may be a little too frank for tweens and young teens, but older teens will find it instructive about what their moms and dads may be feeling and thinking (and vice versa). There's some swearing and social drinking, and straightforward discussions about the difficulties and joys of child-rearing.

Sexual Content

More talk than action, though husbands, wives, boyfriends, and girlfriends are shown flirting and kissing and groping each other. There's no nudity, although some characters are shown in boxers, and a young couple talks about having taken nude pics of each other. Also, a character finds another person's vibrator, and a minor appears to have developed a penchant for self-stimulation and porn. A husband brandishes a wife's diaphragm.


Couples fight loudly; a mom hits another character with a newspaper out of frustration. A man talks about loan sharks being on his case and threatening to kill him if he doesn't pay up. A teen vandalizes an office with a hammer.


Runs the gamut, from "b-tch" to "s--t." Somewhat frequent usage, but not extreme.

Social Behavior

Parenting can be messy, for both parents and children, and the rocky moments aren't glossed over here (though they're handled with loads of humor). No one makes the right decision all the time, but effort counts, as does, of course, love. Also, families come in all sorts of configurations, and it doesn't matter if they fit the traditional model. What matters is how they work together and support each other.


Nothing hugely obvious, though logos for baseball teams and colleges (Brown, for instance) are displayed. A family seems bent on creating a child genius, and the parents use various educational products to this end.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some drinking during get-togethers and times of stress.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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