I watched the move "Parenthood" on Encore last night. *** I haven't seen it since shortly after it came out in the late 80's/early 90's. I thought it was a great movie, then. After my experiences of the past 20 years, its not only funny, it is so very real and perceptive! *** Steve Martin plays Gil, who's son has some sort of yet to be discovered emotional or mental issue. Gil himself struggles to come to terms with it, balancing work and life and the usual curves it throws. Gil's brother, who is an adult difficult child, is still giving their parents a rough way to go, so Gil is also involved with his own parents and their parenting troubles as Gil's wayward brother disappears and leaves their parents to raise his young son. Gil's sister is divorced from a complete deadbeat, her kids are odd, her teen daughter is pregnant, the boyfriend is a tad strange...Gil's other sister is married to something just short of a rocket scientist, their only child is groomed to be an Einstein and is the bar by which the rest of the family measures itself, even though, really, they are no happier than any of the rest of them. *** 20 years ago, the show was funny. Watching it last night, it is nothing short of brilliant.