PARENTHOOD
1989, Universal, 124 min, USA, Dir: Ron Howard

Raising children has never seemed so hilarious, frustrating and true to life as in this delightful dramedy from director Ron Howard. Featuring an Oscar-winning original song from Randy Newman, the film follows overwhelmed parents-of-three Gil (Steve Martin) and Karen Buckman (Mary Steenburgen) as they learn to juggle work, friends and their extended family of four generations. The stellar ensemble includes Joaquin Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, Tom Hulce, Rick Moranis, Martha Plimpton, Jason Robards and Dianne Wiest, who took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.


STEP BROTHERS
2008, Sony Repertory, 98 min, USA, Dir: Adam McKay

TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY stars Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly reunite for this comedy hit in which they play coddled men living with their respective single parents. When their folks fall in love and marry, the two guys become stepbrothers and must learn to get along with each other and start shouldering adult responsibilities. Mary Steenburgen and Richard Jenkins costar.


TIME AFTER TIME
1979, Warner Bros., 112 min, USA, Dir: Nicholas Meyer

One of his most popular and engaging films finds Malcolm McDowell as Victorian author H.G. Wells, in pursuit of Jack the Ripper (David Warner), time-traveling to contemporary San Francisco and finding help and romance from shy modern girl Mary Steenburgen. A marvelously entertaining blend of sci-fi, literary history and modern pop culture from Nicholas Meyer, the director of STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN.


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