Cinema: A Typical, Terrible Family

PARENTHOOD Directed by Ron Howard *

Screenplay by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel

Life, alas, is not a football game. It does not provide a goal line we can cross with cheers ringing in our ears, an end zone where we can spike the ball and do a victory dance. What it provides, in dizzying abundance, is one damned thing after another. This vividly expressed thought comes to us courtesy of Parenthood's Jason Robards, who plays Frank, the grandpaterfamilias of a clan he has considerable reason to wish he had not extended quite so extensively back when he was young and...

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