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Parenthood
(1989)
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Jack Hayes

Co-Produced by:
Lenny Waronker
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Reprise Records
(September 8th, 1989)
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Regular U.S. release.
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The song "I Love to See You Smile" was nominated for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a Grammy Award.
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Buy it... if you fondly recall the pleasantly optimistic demeanor of the music in the highly respected film, including Randy Newman's likeable song and parody highlights in his typically pretty score.

Avoid it... if only 22 minutes of largely mundane score material and two performances of the Oscar-nominated Newman song can't justify the product for you.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,856
WRITTEN 2/22/12
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Parenthood: (Randy Newman) You don't even have to be a parent to wince at the reality of life on display in the 1989 Ron Howard movie, Parenthood. The comedic drama used its extremely smart script and tremendous ensemble cast to earn well at the box office and enthuse critics, inspiring two spin-off attempts of the concept on television over the course of twenty years. The story is a wildly broad examination of the Buckman family and all of its various offshoots, the dysfunction wide-ranging and symbolic of all the types of different family dynamics you encounter in real life. Howard rotates between the subplots for each family member with skill, occasionally bringing all of the characters together for highly entertaining events that are themselves not without a fair amount of funny dysfunction. Steve Martin anchors the cast, though supporting contributions from Dianne Wiest, Mary Steenburgen, Jason Robards, Rick Moranis, Tom Hulce, Martha Plimpton, and Keanu Reeves are all noteworthy, especially in the cases of Robards and Wiest, the latter nominated for an Academy Award for her part. In many ways, Parenthood is an emotionally exhausting movie, its serious passages genuinely touching and, in some cases, suspenseful. But Howard's ability to sprinkle hilarious one-liners throughout the picture keeps it light enough to entertain and remain an affable entry in your memory. The personality of the picture is perhaps summarized best by Randy Newman's original song for the opening and closing credits, "I Love to See You Smile." The composer and performer had not yet become a staple of the animated movie genre, his film credits still rather sparse as of the late 1980's. His previous full film score had been for The Natural in 1984, a resounding success, and although he had contributed songs to other features during the decade, Newman's return for Parenthood represented the first entry in a new, concerted effort by the composer to write wholesome dramatic music for movies, whether with his songs or without. His saccharine writing style for softly sentimental and nostalgic situations was solidified during this time, his likeable orchestral style really beginning to flourish in Parenthood and Awakenings shortly thereafter. The disparate emotional pulls in Parenthood required Newman to write a score that covers a significant amount of territory, some of which in the parody realm, but his tender, melodic writing ultimately defines the score.



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Total Time: 28:25
• 1. Introduction/I Love to See You Smile - performed by Randy Newman (3:24)
• 2. Kevin's Graduation (2:37)
• 3. Helen and Julie (0:56)
• 4. Kevin's Party (Cowboy Gil) (3:22)
• 5. Gary's in Trouble (2:50)
• 6. Father and Son (2:30)
• 7. Drag Race/Todd and Julie (2:30)
• 8. Kevin Comes Through (1:32)
• 9. Karen and Gil/Montage (4:51)
• 10. End Title (I Love to See You Smile) - performed by Randy Newman (3:39)

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