In this 1989 movie,
Steve Martin plays Gil Buckman, a good natured father
juggling the responsibilities of fatherhood. The
movie also starred Dianne Wiest as Helen Buckman, Mary
Steenburgen as Karen Buckman, Rick Moranis as Nathan
Huffner, Keanu Reeves as Tod Higgins, and Martha
Plimpton as Julie Buckman. The movie was a success
with critics as well as at the box office, doing well
enough to warrant a short lived TV series in 1990.
In this film, Gil
Buckman (Martin) has trouble juggling his career and
family life. His kids all have issues, and when he
finds out his wife (Steenburgen) is pregnant with their
fourth child, he does not know how he will survive.
In the mean time, Gil's extended family has their own
issues of insecurity, divorce, neurotic children, and
money problems. In the end, everybody appears to
be on the right path.
In the end Gil realizes he is not the
parental failure he saw himself as. The movie ends
with the entire family at the hospital for the birth of
Gil's child, and everyone appears to be on the straight