->''"You know, when I was nineteen, Grandpa took me on a roller coaster. Up, down, up, down. Oh, what a ride! 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."''
-->-- '''Grandma'''

''Parenthood'' is a 1989 comedy-drama film directed by Creator/RonHoward and starring an ensemble cast including Creator/SteveMartin, Mary Steenburgen, Dianne Wiest, Jason Robards, Creator/KeanuReeves, Creator/RickMoranis and a very young Creator/JoaquinPhoenix.

The film follows Gil Buckman (Martin) a neurotic man who works as a sales executive. Though he is constantly busy with his job, he wants to spend more time with his three kids and be a better father to them, especially since his own dad was distant and worked all the time. This soon gets worse as he finds out that his wife is now pregnant with their fourth child. Gil becomes worried if he will be able to handle this. To top it off, Gil begins seriously questioning his parenting skills as his oldest son Kevin enters therapy and his other two kids have some emotional problems as well.

Gil ends up having to spend more time at work not only due to an expanding family, but also because of the office politics where he works. His siblings deal with their own issues as well. Younger brother Larry refuses to grow up, dumping his problems - and son - on their aging parents. Helen deals with her daughter's too in-depth teenage romance and her son's abandonment issues. And Susan deals with her husband's harsh academic training of their preschool aged daughter.

It was twice adapted to television, first in 1990 and then again in [[{{Series/Parenthood}} 2010]].
!!This Film provides examples of:

* AbusiveParents: Revealing some of his HiddenDepths, Tod tells Helen about how his father used to "flick lit cigarettes" at his head.
-->Tod as his father "Hey asshole, get up and make me breakfast"
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Gil mistakes Helen's vibrator for a flashlight during a power outage.
** Tod has a talk with Gary about [[IsThatWhatTheyreCallingItNow "slappin' the salami"]].
* {{Awesome McCoolname}}: Larry's son is named Cool.
* AutoErotica: Karen impulsively leans over to give Gil oral sex in an attempt to relax him. RealityEnsues--he crashes the car, though they're not injured, fortunately. It does make for quite the awkward moment when the cop asks how the accident happened.
* BabiesEverAfter: The final scenes show the family continuing to grow.
* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter: The implications of the final scenes mentioned above.
* BlackSheep: While all the Buckmans are screwed up to some degree Larry definitely fits this trope when compared to his siblings.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Buckmans have their share of hardships and hang-ups.
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Julie.
* CaliforniaDoubling: Florida (mostly Orlando) doubled for Missouri (mostly St. Louis).
* ChildrenRaiseYou: And how.
* ChocolateBaby: Larry's son Cool.
* CloudCuckooLander: Grandma.
* TheCloudcuckoolanderWasRight: Grandma's story about the roller coaster proves an apt metaphor for Gil's life.
* CoolOldLady: Grandma might get passed around the family like a fruitcake but she's pretty awesome when it comes down to it.
* ControlFreak: Nathan.
* CoversAlwaysLie: The poster makes it look like it'll be another wacky Steve Martin comedy. It's more drama than comedy and the humor is more adult and subtle.
* DisappearedDad: A good deal of Helen's troubles with her kids stems from her divorce. Larry becomes one when he ditches his son on his parents.
* DysfunctionalFamily
-->'''Tod''': I had a man around. He used to wake me up every morning [[AbusiveParents by flicking lit cigarettes at my head]]. He'd say, "Hey, asshole, get up and make me breakfast." You know, Ms. Buckman, you need a license to buy a dog, or drive a car. Hell, you need a license to catch a fish! (shakes his head) But they'll let any butt-reaming asshole be a father.
* EnsembleCast: While Gil's family is the main focus, the film's charm comes from its fully fleshed cast of characters that round out the extended Buckman clan.
* FamilyVersusCareer: Karen struggles with the idea of going back to work or staying home to take care of her kids. She mentions that others [[RealWomenDontWearDresses criticize her]] for liking her position as a [[{{Housewife}} homemaker]].
** Gil as well. His problems at work stem from the fact that he isn't willing to spend more time there in order to be a good father to his kids. His rival, on the other hand, is fully prepared to sacrifice his entire personal life to get ahead.
* FlashForward: After putting Kevin on second base at a baseball game, Gil has two of these to Kevin's college graduation: in the first Kevin is confident and successful, but in the second (after Kevin failed to make a catch), he is at the top of a tower [[SchoolShooting shooting at everyone in sight with an assault rifle]].
* TheGamblingAddict: Larry.
* TheGhost: Helen's ex, only seen briefly in a family picture just before it's smashed.
* HiddenDepths: Tod isn't as shallow as he seems. Grandma has her moments as well.
* ImagineSpot: When Gil gets his anxiety-ridden child to feel confident enough to play infield, he imagines his son graduating from college a valedictorian, gratefully thanking his dad for his support. When his son's confidence is destroyed by a serious error, Gil has a different Imagine Spot of his child as a crazed clock-tower gunman.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: When Julie offhandedly announces she's pregnant, one of the first things Helen does is head for the liquor cabinet.
* {{Jerkass}}: Helen's ex, who ditched his wife and kids for another woman. To make matters worse, dialogue indicates he's a loving and attentive father to the children he's had with the new wife, meaning it isn't a case of him of just up and deciding that he doesn't want the responsibility of fatherhood anymore, he just genuinely doesn't give a damn about his first two children--Helen implies that it's been very difficult to get any financial support from him as well.
* KidsAreCruel: Gil's concern about Kevin's possible placement in a special education class.
-->'''Gil''': People are cruel. Especially children.
* LethalChef: Helen teases Julie for her poor cooking skills.
-->'''Helen''': (on Tod and Julie's marriage): I give them six months. Four if she cooks.
* MamaBear: Don't mess with any of the Buckman children. ''Ever''.
* NuclearFamily: Gil and Karen's family as well as Nathan and Susan's.
* PapaWolf: See MamaBear.
* ParentalAbandonment: Helen's ex-husband toward his kids and Larry after he dumps Cool.
* ParentalSubstitute: Tod starts to take over as a male role model in Gary's life. It's a sign of his maturing.
* ParentsAsPeople: The film does a great job showing all of the parental characters as fully developed characters with their own flaws, problems, and good sides.
* ParentWithNewParamour: Helen starts dating George Bowman, a high school biology teacher. Julie and Gary are surprisingly okay with it. [[spoiler: By the end of the film, Helen and George are married and have a newborn baby girl.]]
* RaisedByGrandparents: Once [[spoiler: Larry]] decides to skip town, Frank and Marilyn take on the task of raising their grandson.
* SchoolPlay
* SchoolShooting: Gil's second FlashForward to Kevin's college graduation.
* SinkOrSwimFatherhood: Larry attempts to take care of Cool for a couple of months after his mother ditches the boy on him. He in turn ditches the boy on his parents.
* TeenPregnancy: Helen's daughter Julie.
* UnusualEuphemism
-->'''Taylor:''' Mommy what was that?
-->'''Karen:''' That was an [[ADateWithRosiePalms electrical ear cleaner]].
-->'''Taylor:''' It was kinda big.
-->'''Grandma:''' It sure was.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Taylor unexpectedly vomits all over Gil in the beginning of the film.
* WhenYouComingHomeDad: Most of Gil's story comes from him learning to avoid this trope.
* WhereDidWeGoWrong: After Gil and Karen are told that Kevin needs to see a child therapist, they immediately start pointing fingers at each other.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: The flashback at the start of the movie reveals Gil is supposed to be 35, which to be fair to SteveMartin is ludicrous - he looks way older and was 45 at the time.