August 2, 1989 |
"Parenthood," an ingratiating comedy from director Ron Howard, is the latest in what promises to be a long line of child-rearing movies. There's no avoiding it: baby boomers want toddler flicks, and they always get what they want. The baby boom generation is like a big ship that goes where it wants, when it wants, and the rest of us have to be content to bob in its giant wake. We watched as they went to college and discovered rebellion, took jobs and wrestled with materialism, and now we must watch them raise their kids.
December 18, 1986 |
Two 2-year-old boys pulled at the same toy, each screaming at the top of his lungs. Each mother, looking slightly embarrassed, tried to reason with her son in a quiet, but firm, voice. A few of the other mothers sitting in the circle on child-size wooden chairs looked on sympathetically, while the woman speaking when the dispute began simply spoke loudly to be heard above the din. The scene was a recent "Play 'n Share" session of the Parents' Network that took place in the education building of the Upper Dublin Lutheran Church, in Ambler.
August 16, 2001
In a fascinating New Jersey court case, the rapidly expanding boundaries of reproductive technology clashed with old-time notions about parenthood and parental rights. Wisely, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that even in this brave new world of embryonic science, parenthood still counts. The case involved 11 embryos - products of an in-vitro fertilization procedure undergone by an unidentified Camden County couple. Let's call them John and Mary Doe. Four of the embryos were implanted in Mrs. Doe and a daughter was born.
August 1, 1989 |
Ron Howard remembers the precise moment when the idea for his new movie, "Parenthood," occurred to him. It happened right after "the plane ride from hell. " "I had this really long plane flight where I was surrounded by my kids. One of them threw up on me in the first 45 minutes of the flight, and I didn't have another shirt," recalls the father of four. Howard is laughing. It seems much funnier now, two years later, in the comfort of his suite at the Regency Hotel. "My twin daughters were just not even 2 yet - a terrible time to be flying with kids.
May 11, 2010 |
Lauren Graham is a little surprised to find herself in Philadelphia as part of a quick East Coast publicity swing. After all, her NBC show, Parenthood , is still shooting in Los Angeles. But when your boss, a big Hollywood mogul with roots in TV, tells you to jump on a plane, you say, "Window or aisle?" "It was explained to me that Ron Howard, when he was doing Happy Days , had success in traveling the country and talking about the show. So this was like Ron Howard wanted me to come here," Graham says, laughing.
May 11, 2010 |
Lauren Graham is a little surprised to find herself in Philadelphia as part of a quick East Coast publicity swing. After all, her NBC show, Parenthood, is still shooting in Los Angeles. But when your boss, a big Hollywood mogul with roots in TV, tells you to jump on a plane, you say, "Window or aisle?" "It was explained to me that Ron Howard, when he was doing Happy Days, had success in traveling the country and talking about the show. So this was like Ron Howard wanted me to come here," Graham says, laughing.
January 7, 2006 |
You may have heard about a new study that says people who have children are more depressed than people who don't. Speaking on behalf of parents everywhere, I would just like to say: I wish. The idea of settling into a three- or six-month funk sounds positively restful. But I really don't have the time. For example, on New Year's Eve, as my wife and I frantically swept and cleaned in preparation for a houseful of guests, my 2-year-old decided to strip off her diaper and parade through the upstairs.
April 14, 2012 |
For the first time, a Pennsylvania appeals court has confronted the complex question of who gets custody of embryos, ruling this week in favor of a Chester County woman who hopes to give birth using frozen embryos that her estranged husband wants destroyed. The Superior Court decision upheld a lower court, but ran counter to the small body of national case law on embryo custody. In six other states where high courts have grappled with disputes over frozen embryos, they concluded that parenthood should not be forced on an unwilling person.
January 21, 2000 |
Jesse Green's story is so simple as to be quaint: He falls in love with a single person who has just adopted a child. Except that Green is gay, as is Andy, and together they adopt another child and begin a family. His meditations on the contented single gay man thrust into the disarming and disorienting world of parenthood are found in The Velveteen Father: An Unexpected Journey to Parenthood (Villard, $23.95). It was named one of the best nonfiction books of 1999 by the Los Angeles Times and one of the best memoirs by Amazon.
August 6, 1989 |
The betting here is that Ron Howard's universally appealing and highly enjoyable Parenthood is going to be the hit of the late summer. But there are a few jokes in his serio-comedy of family life that will give pause to some parents and raise some pertinent questions about the criteria used by the Motion Picture Association of America's often (and justly) maligned ratings board. Specifically, the question raised by Howard's comedy - which is rated PG-13 (parental guidance advised for viewers under 13)