MELVIN AND HOWARD
1980, Universal, 95 min, USA, Dir: Jonathan Demme

Years after Melvin Dummar (Paul Le Mat) rescues a bedraggled old man (Jason Robards) stranded in the Nevada desert, his kindness is rewarded when he is named a beneficiary in Howard Hughes’ “Mormon Will” in this acclaimed film based on a possibly true story. A spot-on portrait of blue-collar American dreamers, MELVIN AND HOWARD earned Oscars for its original screenplay and for Mary Steenburgen’s beguiling performance as Dummar’s wife. “This lyrical comedy, directed by Jonathan Demme, from a script by Bo Goldman, is an almost flawless act of sympathetic imagination. … This picture has the same beautiful dippy warmth as its characters; it's what might have happened if Jean Renoir had directed a comedy script by Preston Sturges.” – Pauline Kael.


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.


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