August 13, 1989
I was appalled at the violence and nonstop profanity of "Lethal Weapon II," but because I had read Calendar's Parental Guide, I knew what to expect. I was not prepared for "Parenthood." Rather than a family comedy, I got one raunchy movie! I can only wonder at the reviewer for the Aug. 6 Parental Guide who gave it a "Family" rating and commented: "Adult themes but good for teens." This movie was lewd, rude and crude and definitely not for children of any age. MADELINE BAKER Whittier
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 1987
Re "Women Choosing Single Parenthood," View, June 12: It was an innocuous little notice buried on Page 11, a simple announcement for an organization committed to the support and promotion of "single women who have or are considering having children on their own." How does it turn out, single (unmarried) women raising children on their own? The answer comes back in articles, books and mountains of statistics: In the next generation, there will be more unwed pregnancies, alienated non-producing men, criminality, drugs and hopelessness.
August 27, 1989
The whining of letter writers Steve Miller and Madeline Baker (who complained about the content of "Parenthood" and its suitability for children) made me snicker. On Page 15 of the same Calendar, the "Parenthood" ad shows a PG-13 rating--"Parents Strongly Cautioned." What did they think they were being cautioned against? Chewing gum under the seats? THOM SANTIAGO North Hollywood
September 21, 1998 |
Linda Goldberg, Ginny Brinkley, Janice Kukar Avery $12.95, 342 pages The authors of "Your Child's First Journey," a book about childbirth, turn their attention to pregnancy. Goldberg, Brinkley and Kukar, all mothers, include information that a doctor might leave out, but that a mother would surely think important. The book is well-researched and contains lots of user-friendly materials, including tips, photos, illustrations and checklists.
April 11, 1993 |
Hello, viewers, and welcome to Lifestyles of the Rich and Frazzled. The recent celebrity baby boom, the ab-so-lute talk of glitterati, finds everyone from Whitney to Kirstie to-- could that be Tom Cruise ?--giving parenthood a try. Today we'll visit the gracious mega-spreads of some of the mega-stars to find out: How do they do it? What can we learn about mega-parenting from their perfectly star-studded mega-lives? Don't touch that dial . . .
July 5, 2009 |
"Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" had all the makings of a hit, even without Arnold. But after just two shortened seasons, Fox pulled the plug on the blockbuster franchise's move to TV. Ratings had fallen to a series low by May, and it seemed the show was doomed to be unfavorably -- and maybe unfairly -- compared to its iconic source material. This year, the networks are trying something more subtle. More movie reboots are on the way, but rather than plucking from mega properties, the networks have chosen less obvious films to help launch, but not overshadow, new series.
May 18, 2012 |
"What to Expect When You're Expecting"is essentially the Hallmark card version of the sage, saucy and very specific how-to bestseller by Heidi Murkoff. The movie's sentimental squibs on pregnancy merely skim the surface scratched so thoroughly by the book. As Murkoff knew and mined so well, there is a lot of nature-made comedy to be found in the discomforts of distended bodies, raging hormones and altered relationships. There is also pathos and pain, especially for couples who can't conceive.