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.