Steve Martin (Gil Buckman), Tom Hulce (Larry Buckman), Rick
Moranis (Nathan Huffner), Martha Plimpton(Julie Buckman), Keanu Reeves (Tod Higgins), Jason Robards (Frank Buckman), Mary Steenburgen (Karen Buckman), Dianne
Wiest (Helen Buckman), Leaf Phoenix (Garry Buckman-Lampkin), Harley Jane Kozak (Susan Huffner)
The members of the incredibly dysfunctional Buckman family
have various issues with their children, grandchildren, siblings, pregnancies and even their own parents.
The stories in this ensemble piece and various comedy
styles clash quite badly, with the whole being much less than the sum of all its parts. The most interesting story concerns Dianne Wiest disapproving of her daughter's slacker boyfriend
(Keanu Reeves) whilst she's also having problems with her rebellious teenage son (Phoenix).
Fans of Steve Martin get a chance to see him doing some of
his usual wackiness, but it really doesn't fit in this movie, as he and his wife Mary Steenburgen have problems with their own troubled son.
The performances can't be faulted and everyone gets a good
chance to flex some acting muscles, some just come off much better than others.
A short-lived television series inspired by the film
emerged in the early 1990's, followed by another in 2010 which ran for several seasons.