30 years old – and different than I remember. But still pretty amazing!

Tanya’s Score: Good-and-a-half*

Rated: PG-13

Starring: that white-haired funny guy; Elf’s step-mom; the grandma from Life in Pieces; Joaquin back when he was Leaf; Johnny Utah

Plot: This movie follows the Buckman family – the grown up siblings along with their marital problems and parenting challenges.

Tanya’s Verdict: This is one of those movies that has changed for me. Don’t get me wrong – I loved it the first time I saw it – in the theatre alongside my parents and brother (I was 15 years old at the time). In my memory, it was a hilarious comedy: a vibrator at the dinner table – always good for a laugh.

Only now. as a grown up with kids of my own, I see Parenthood for what it really is. The story of marriage and kids – condensed into a two hour movie – but very authentic nonetheless.

Parenthood is dated in the sense that no character is glued to their phones; characters get their film developed at a photo mat; porn comes in the form of video tapes; and bosses smoke cigarettes at their desks.

But all that aside – 30 years later – kids are still getting in trouble, people are suffering from anxiety, marriages are rocky. And life goes on.

Grandma sums it up best – both the movie and life in general: it’s a roller coaster ride – with ups and downs, excitement and stress, unexpected twists and happy turns. “I like the roller coaster. You get more out of it.”

*Four score descriptions: Sh**; Okay; Good; Great

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