Growing Pains: Return of the Seavers (2004)

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Jason and Maggie Seaver are ready to start a new chapter in their lives. The nest is finally empty, they've put the family home up for sale, and they're preparing to spend their retirement years traveling. But all that's easier said than done as Mike and a very pregnant Carol, each with their own agenda for wanting their parents to stay put, team up to sabotage the move. At the same time, little brother Ben, now a realtor, needs the big sale of his parents' home to please his boss. Meanwhile, Chrissie, an aspiring singer, just wants to get out from under her parents' watchful gaze so she can launch her career as a rock star.

Film Introduction
"Growing Pains: Return of the Seavers" is a 2004 tv motion picture that acts as a series ending to the 1985-1992 sitcom, "Growing Pains". The film was directed by Joanna Kerns (who likewise played Maggie on the program), and composed by Christine Lynch and Loren Segan.

Plot Summary
The movie reintroduces all the members of the Seaver family. Dr. Jason Seaver (played by Alan Thicke) is a psychiatrist, his better half Maggie (Joanna Kerns) is a reporter, and their children are Mike (Kirk Cameron), Carol (Tracey Gold), Ben (Jeremy Miller), and Chrissy (Ashley Johnson).

The plot starts when Jason and Maggie announce that they plan to sell their family house and circumnavigate America in a recreational vehicle. This news stimulates various reactions from their children. Mike, now a building worker, Carol, a high-powered attorney, Ben, working for his sibling Mike, and Chrissy, a film school trainee, are all disappointed and upset.

Dispute & Main Events
Responding to their parents' choice, the four Seaver kids contrive a strategy to stop the house sale. Mike and his spouse, Kate decide to phony a divorce to give their moms and dads something more pressing to stress over. Carol utilizes her legal skills to find a method to co-own the house legally and Ben decides to make your house unattractive to potential purchasers while Chrissy films everything for a school project.

Ben even finds a short-term to reside in the house to prevent prospective buyers. Nevertheless, their plan backfires when they all start to argue, and the short-term decides to buy your house himself.

Jason and Maggie ultimately reveal that they just pretended to offer the house to teach the kids a lesson about hanging on to the past and not adapting to change. They believe this behavior was preventing their grown-up children from maturing adequately. They reveal that the 'homeless man' (played by Robert Torti) was a paid actor.

Final Thoughts
In classic "Growing Pains" style, the film closes with a heartwarming household moment. Even with their fancy plot deciphered, Jason and Maggie's 'lesson' was plainly imparted to their kids. The movie ends with the Seaver children reviewing the importance of household and the wisdom in adapting to life modifications.

"Growing Pains: Return of the Seavers" was met with mixed evaluations. Some fans valued the nostalgia and the chance to see the Seaver family on screen once again, while others felt the plot was somewhat required. Nevertheless, the efficiencies of the initial cast were usually praised.

Despite some of its flaws, the movie is a warm and sentimental nod to a popular 80's sitcom's fans, and it even provides some life lessons about proceeding and the significance of modification. It remains an interesting expect die-hard fans of "Growing Pains."

Top Cast

  • Alan Thicke (small)
    Alan Thicke
    Jason Seaver
  • Joanna Kerns (small)
    Joanna Kerns
    Maggie Seaver
  • Kirk Cameron (small)
    Kirk Cameron
    Mike Seaver
  • Tracey Gold (small)
    Tracey Gold
    Carol Seaver
  • Jeremy Miller (small)
    Jeremy Miller
    Ben Seaver
  • Ashley Johnson (small)
    Ashley Johnson
    Chrissy Seaver
  • Chelsea Noble (small)
    Chelsea Noble
    Kate Seaver
  • Evan Arnold (small)
    Evan Arnold
    Richie Flanscopper
  • Johnny Alonso (small)
    Johnny Alonso
  • Justin DuBose
    Robbie Seaver
  • Britt Robertson (small)
    Britt Robertson
    Michelle Seaver