“He likes to butt things…with his head.”

There are a few movies I can watch over and over again because they take my mind off the world around me and make me happy for at least as long as the movie lasts. Because of the repeated viewings, I can recite random lines from movies such as “The Blues Brothers,” “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” and also the film from which I pulled the above quote, “Parenthood,” which I found myself watching yet again this past weekend.

The ensemble cast, made up of actors like Steve Martin, Dianne Weist and Jason Robards, create characters that feel like real people, even if they are caricatures, such as the wayward youngest sibling, the frazzled mom of three, and the wise but dotty old grandma. Take a look and I bet you can see a bit of these personalities in the family that surrounds you.

The characters are not faced with extraordinary circumstances, like rare childhood diseases, but mundane events that happen in everyone’s lives: birthday parties, family dinners, school plays, etc. To borrow a word from Mary Steenburgen’s character in the movie, what makes it interesting to watch is how each character tackles the “messy” situations that arise, be it literal, like puke, or figurative, such as teen pregnancy.

Next time “Parenthood” pops up on TBS or another movie channel, watch it and don’t be surprised if you find yourself trying to hide from your companion on the couch that you are tearing up just a bit.



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