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It’s pretty rare lately to see a family friendly movie in the theater that’s not animated.  Parental Guidance is fun, refreshing, charming and delightful!

Billy Crystal is the grandfather.  He’s a little afloat when he gets fired from his local sportscaster job.  Bette Midler is the grandmother.  She jumps at the chance to fly over to babysit their three grandchildren for a week while their only daughter, Alice (Marisa Tomei), and her husband take a business trip.

The kids clearly haven’t spent much time at all with their grandparents, so it takes some time for everyone to get to know each other and feel comfortable.  The parents have implemented a whole different set of contemporary parenting techniques – and the grandparents have trouble adjusting.  There are the to-be-expected catastrophes that tend to happen in movies like this – and while the adults in the audience probably rolled their eyes (as I did!) the kids in the audience (including my 11 year old Little Sister from Big Bro/Sis) roared!

The relationships become the focus of the film, and each character learns and grows from the experiences they share with one another.

It’s really great to see Billy Crystal and Bette Midler up on the big screen again – and together they’re even better!  Makes for a fun family day out.

 


 

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Parental Guidance (2012)

PG 104 min - Comedy - 25 December 2012
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Artie and Diane agree to look after their three grandkids when their type-A helicopter parents need to leave town for work. Problems arise when the kids' 21st-century behavior collides with Artie and Diane's old-school methods.

Director:  Andy Fickman
Stars:  Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei, Tom Everett Scott, Bailee Madison, Joshua Rush, Kyle Harrison Breitkopf, Jennifer Crystal Foley, Rhoda Griffis, Gedde Watanabe, Madison Lintz, Karan Kendrick, Patricia French, Brad James, Tony Hawk, Steve Levy

Storyline

Artie and Diane agree to look after their three grandkids when their type-A helicopter parents need to leave town for work. Problems arise when the kids' 21st-century behavior collides with Artie and Diane's old-school methods.


Tagline: Here come the grandparents. There go the rules.

Genres: Comedy

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Country:   United States of America
Language:  English
Release Date:  25 December 2012

Box Office

Budget:  $25,000,000
Revenue:  $119,772,232

Company Credits

Production Companies:  20th Century Fox, Chernin Entertainment, Walden Media

Technical Specs

Runtime:  1 h 44 min
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