10 Life Lessons: “Parenthood” Edition

I loved Ron Howard’s “Parenthood” even before I was a parent. Some movies, well, they just talk to everyone. I didn’t see this until a few years after it came out, so probably in 1992 or 1993, as a senior in high school/freshman in college. Age doesn’t diminish how relatable these characters are.

I’m not a big Steve Martin fan, at least individually, though I find quite a few of his movies enjoyable. “Parenthood” tops that list, though, if you haven’t seen “All of Me” or “The Jerk” then you’re doing yourself a disservice. Also, Keanu Reeves and his “whoa” work perfectly here. But enough about the actors. Please, enjoy these life lessons from the Buckman clan.

10) “I’m too young to be a grandmother. Grandmothers are old. They bake, and they sew, and they tell you stories about the Depression.”

09) “l assume you’re watching these because you’re curious about sex… you know. Or filmmaking.”

08) “I wouldn’t live with you if the world were flooded with piss and you lived in a tree!”


07) “Do you know why I’m having sex with machinery?”

06) “You know, it was just so interesting to me that a ride could make me so frightened, so scared, so sick, so excited, and so thrilled all together! Some didn’t like it. They went on the merry-go-round. That just goes around. Nothing. I like the roller coaster. You get more out of it.”

05) “Anyway, he was afraid there was something wrong with him, you know? Like he was a pervert or something. I told him that’s what little dudes do – we’ve all done it. It made him happy.”

04) “Men say that. They all say that. Then they cum.”

03) “My whole life is have to.”


02) “You know, Mrs. Buckman, you need a license buy a dog, or drive a car. Hell, you need a license to catch a fish, but they’ll let any butt-reaming asshole be a father.”

01) “This is a memory of when I was a kid. I’m 35 now. I have kids of my own. You don’t even really exist. You’re an amalgam.”

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