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Kristina's (Monica Potter) constant worrying affects her and Adam's (Peter Krause) sex life, and the worrying only gets worse when Max (Max Burkholder) starts working with Gaby (guest star Minka Kelly), a young behavioral aide. Sarah (Lauren Graham) debates whether she should go out on a date with Amber's (Mae Whitman) teacher Mr. Cyr (guest star Jason Ritter). Meanwhile, Crosby (Dax Shepard) tries to muster up the courage to tell his parents about Jabbar (Tyree Brown) and Julia (Erika Christensen) gets jealous of a mom in Joel's (Sam Jaeger) playgroup. Craig T. Nelson, Bonnie Bedelia, Sarah Ramos, Miles Heizer and Savannah Paige Rae also star.

  • Runtime: 44 min
  • Quality: HD
  • Studio: NBC
  • Amazon rating: 5

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Reviews about Parenthood

Philadelphia Inquirer
Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

The fulcrum of the film is Martin. It's an adventurous and successful stroke of casting that takes advantage of what the audience expects from him.

Chicago Reader
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This movie has its share of laughs, but it's also Ron Howard's most personal film, and clearly his most ambitious.

Chicago Tribune
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

Parenthood easily could have focused exclusively on yuppie parents and their kids; however, the script by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel is more sophisticated than that, remembering that every parent is still a child too.

Los Angeles Times
Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

The remaining cast, young, old and in-between, is lovely.

Chicago Tribune
Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

With Parenthood, Howard as a director has discovered weight, but not gravity. For all of its admirable seriousness, the film finally floats away.

Orlando Sentinel
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

There's not a scene in Parenthood that isn't involving: The actors keep reaching into themselves and coming up with gold.

Tulsa World
Dennis King
Tulsa World

It's hard to imagine a theme more universal and filled with human pitfalls than parenthood. And it's hard to imagine a movie treatment of that theme more humane and filled with gentle sympathy than director Ron Howard's Parenthood.

Total Film
Paul M. Bradshaw
Total Film

Ambitiously probing every anxiety-ridden corner of the suburban mum-and-dad experience, some of its interconnecting story strands work better than others.

Philadelphia Daily News
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

Parenthood gets a lot of emotional mileage out of kiddie antics, but Howard has, thankfully, given us a little more.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

As Parenthood reveals within its charming, two-hour running time, the pitfalls and quandaries of child-rearing are universal -- and the joys and the heartaches remain lifelong concerns.

Radio Times
John Ferguson
Radio Times

This feel-good family ensemble piece from director Ron Howard manages to avoid being oversentimental, and the result is an affectionate, leisurely comedy about the joys (and otherwise) of bringing up children.

Christian Science Monitor
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

There are good jokes and funny observations about middle-class life. The picture is too long and predictable, though.

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