Top 15 Fathers on Film
page Gil Buckman, 'Parenthood'
Steve Martin plays Gil, the manic, devoted father in "Parenthood." No film better shows the challenges, terrors, wrenching choices, and satisfactions of fatherhood than this extended family story inspired by the lives of the three men who made it and the 14 children in their lives. Gil struggles with his eight-year-old son Kevin's anxiety, his wife's unexpected pregnancy, a boss who wants Gil's job to be his top priority, and his unresolved issues with his own father (Jason Robards), who is unable to show affection and approval. Gil is everything his own father was not, spending hours tossing a baseball with Kevin, and taking over when the birthday party entertainer he promised Kevin does not show up. That night, just before bed, Kevin tells Gil that when he grows up he wants to work in Gil's office so they can still be together every day.