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Plot: Old school grandfather Artie (Billy Crystal), who is accustomed to calling the shots, meets his match when he and his eager-to-please wife Diane (Bette Midler) agree to babysit their three grandkids when their type-A helicopter parents (Marisa Tomei, Tom Everett Scott) go away for work. But when 21st century problems collide with Artie and Diane's old school methods of tough rules, lots of love and old-fashioned games, it's learning to bend - and not holding your ground - that binds a family together. Runtime: 105 mins Release Date: 24 Dec 2012
Great Family, Multi-Generational Film. Perfect for Family Gatherings (by rannynm)
"Parental Guidance" seems to have appeal to every age group - kids, parents and even grandparents really relate to this story. 13-year-old KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Brianna Hope Beaton, says "this is a good comedy that will keep you laughing" and Cheyenne Nguyen, our 9-year-old KIDS FIRST! Film Critic points out that this film "has something for every age." Rated PG so, if you are looking for a film to share with your family during family get-togethers, here's a perfect choice. chance. Our youth critics' full reviews follow:"Parental Guidance" <more>
Reviewed by Brianna Hope Beaton Video reviews available at kidsfirst dot org."Parental Guidance" is extremely funny and enjoyable. Artie Decker Billy Crystal is let go from his baseball announcing job which he truly loves. His only daughter, Alice Simmons Marisa Tomei and her husband Phil Simmons Tom Everett Scott get a chance to go on a vacation and need someone to look after their three school-age kids. Artie and his wife Diane Decker Bette Midler agree to look after them for a week and will do anything to not be the "other grandparents." But, their style of parenting clashes with Alice and her husband's parenting ways.This film kept me laughing a lot and I must admit, I shedded a few tears. My favorite character is Barker Simmons Kyle Harrison Breitkopf . He has the cutest little face with red curly hair, and cracks me up with some of the things he does. The acting is really good and believable. I can actually see this plot happening in real life - that's how believable it is. I also like Harper Simmons Bailee Madison as she acts very well. She is so intense with her acting and so believable with her crying scenes.I have two favorite scenes. One is when Harper has a mouthful of cake and then says to her mother, "yogurt is not like ice cream, you lied." The other is when Artie is at the little league baseball game with his daughter and causes trouble because there is no 3 strike game rule.Andy Fickman directs "Parental Guidance" and Lisa Addario along with Joe Syracuse who wrote this very funny script. Other talents include Jennifer Crystal Foley, Rhonda Griffis and the very funny Gedde Watanabe.A lesson in this film is to live your life, love yourself and laugh a lot. I recommend "Parental Guidance" for ages 6 and up. This is a great film for the family and your friends to see. It's a really good comedy that will keep you laughing. Get ready to laugh, cry and have a good time.I give this film 5 out of 5 five stars. I love the actors, the plot and comedy. Billy Crystal and Bette Midler are hilarious together with their style of parenting. Have some fun with your grandparents and see "Parental Guidance." I'm sure you will love it."Parental Guidance" Reviewed by Cheyenne Nguyen Video reviews available at kidsfirst dot orgI love this movie. It has something that every age group can relate to. Artie Billy Crystal and Dianne Bette Midler are asked by their daughter Alice Marisa Tomei to watch her three kids for one week. Alice and her husband have won a trip for two to celebrate their success. However, Alice wants Artie and Dianne to use her method of parenting not the old school way that Artie and Dianne used to raise her. The children are Harper Bailee Madison , Turner Joshua Rush and Barker Kyle Breitkopf . They are not to have any sugar and live a very structured life. Each has their own issues. Artie and Dianne have to learn how to deal with their issues using the 21st century method.Billy Crystal owns his character. I really see Billy Crystal as Artie. I did not see any acting with this character. Bette Midler also does a great job as Diane, funny and great voice. Artie and Dianne's lines seems like they are improvised and their comic timing is awesome. The child actors are great too. Harper's look of awkwardness when her crush asks her to his party is so true to life. Turner's speech impediment is so real; I thought he really has the impediment. Barker is a riot; he has that face that looks as if he's up to something.The movie quality is very clear. The props for the smart house are awesome. One day we will all have a smart house and our parents will think it's creepy. The small home town setting looks just like it's in Fresno, California.My favorite character is Turner. He is determined to overcome his speech impediment and defend himself with the bully. He does a great job of stuttering. The lesson in this movie is each generation has their own way of parenting. I rank this movie 5 out of 5 stars. I recommend this movie to ages 5 and up.
Finally! A movie worth seeing!!! Great casting, great story line and great acting. Very real and very emotional! I love the message in the movie! Parents, relax! I believe Dr. Kevin Leman has been trying to drive this point home for many years now. Go see this movie! Take the kids, take the grandparents, the parents and friends. This is a warm your heart movie and every bit worth the money!!! A note to Hollywood! These are the type of films we want to see! We want to laugh and we want to cry! We don't want mind control and brutality movies anymore! Let's see a change in 2013, make <more>
movies to encourage people to do their best and most of all show love. In this economy some of us are struggling, but still would like to see a movie now and then, we will dig deep and spend money on films like this!
Fun for the whole family! Especially for the 77M Grandparents! (by ShelbyTMItchell)
No cursing and no sex or violence. Film for the whole entire family to watch. As my parents are grandparents to seven and can relate.It took Billy Crystal five years to make the film as the film studios weren't interested in what grandparents feel. But hope that this movie will help out grandparents as there are 77M of them, Crystal said in an interview.Billy and Bette are a couple who agree to help out their only child played by Marisa Tomei and Tom Everette Scott their three rowdy kids. As the parents go off on a vacation that they have not had in five years! Notice they all have first <more>
names for a surname like Harper and Barker.Still the kids are just kids and really cute. At first the kids are reluctant as Bette and Billy are keep being referred to as the óther grandparents' but they bound with one another. And relate to one another.Very funny and really one great time. As the seven grandchildren of my parents and my sister, sister in law, and I went and laughed as this. You will have a great time. Especially for grandparents!
Would have gotten 10 stars if only . . . (by GoUSN)
... the suits who fired Billy Crystal at the beginning would have tasted some bad karma at the end.But everything in between was pitch-perfect - a tremendously accurate if only slightly over-the-top portrayal of multi-generational families, their dynamics, and the outcomes that can occur when folks empty their pockets of defense-mechanisms.The plot is simple: grandparents Billy Crystal and Bette Midler the "other" grandparents babysit while their daughter and son-in-law go on a long-overdue mini-vacation, leaving their three intensely over-supervised children in the care of <more>
Bette and Billy, who don't much care for that type of hyper-parenting.The delight of watching this movie is seeing how such a conventional plot will unfold with this superb cast. With humor consisting of both good writing and sight gags, with Bette and Billy and Marissa acting their hearts out, this is B-movie material brought to the top-tier in these very capable hands.This is a wonderful confection of a movie. Go! And, for those of us from Northern California, it was great to see the San Francisco Giants play a fun supporting role. A pleasant surprise.
"Parental Guidance" is a hilarious movie.Unlike films like "Ted" or "Up," this movie makes every scene funny in some way, instead of only a few parts that are funny. For example, one time the grandpa Billy Crystal goes into a public bathroom with his grandson and starts singing a song to help Barker go to the bathroom and randomly, one of the strangers in the bathroom asks, "Can you keep singing that song?"The plot of grandparents who have no idea what is going on, and kids taking advantage of that, really caught my eye. Barker is very, very funny <more>
with the grandpa, and their relationship is great. This is the first starring role for actor Kyle Breitkopf and he is magnificent.Overall I give this a rating of 9.3. This movie lived up to its expectations and did better. You definitely should watch this movie. It is hilarious."Parental Guidance" is a hilarious movie.
This movie was entertaining, upbeat and absolutely hilarious in parts. There was no bad language/sex or violence ... what a pleasant change! Midler and Crystal were professional and believable as was the rest of the cast. As the temperature is 41 degrees Celsius here today, the theatre was packed with an audience who had not been particular about their movie selection, yet all were absorbed and most laughed enthusiastically at the punchlines even those that have been around a few times before. I am so glad that I didn't take on board the reviews of those professional 'critics' <more>
who mostly panned it. I thoroughly recommend it for adults and older kids. It was an uplifting experience.
This was an excellent family movie, had plenty of laughs and some really heartwarming moments. Billy Crystal and Bette Midler made a great pairing, I don't know why it hadn't been done before. Crystal brings his great acerbic wit combined with Midler's warm demeanor and the great comedic timing of both makes for gold medal hilarity. Marisa Tomei is great as a new-age parent with high anxiety when it comes to allowing her parents into her automated life. Bailee Madison is a little fireball, and she is one to keep an eye on. With her innate acting ability she will have you on the <more>
edge of tears one moment and laughing till you pee the next. Madison is an absolute joy to watch and it was great to see her paired up with classic comedic talent like Crystal and Midler. The writing is fair, but luckily with such a well-placed cast you hardly notice those short-comings. This is definitely one I would take the whole family to, it's got enough for all to enjoy. I highly recommend it for the holiday season, it will have you walking out with a smile.
Completely Delightful - Great Insight into the Reality of Parenting! (by ArthurVanDam1)
Parental Guidance is a completely delightful movie. Truth be told, I am a Big Marisa Tomei fan, but I don't believe that influenced my view of this very enjoyable movie.That being said, Billy Crystal and Bette Midler rock too. There' a lot to this story, more than one might think. Alice Simmons Marisa Tomei and her hubby Phil Tom Everett Scott are ultra-Type A parents, who strive to raise their kids perfectly. They impart all sorts of touchy-feely, loving and encouraging words and phraseology on their 3 children. Who are adorable by the way.Phil has to attend a company off-site in <more>
Hilton Head and wants Alice to join him. She says yes. In need of babysitters, they finally resort to Marisa's parents - Diane Decker Bette Midler and Artie Decker Billy Crystal . As you might expect all is upside down from moment one. When they enter Simmons' house, the mantle is adorned with photos of Phil's parents with the grandchildren. This resonated with me big-time because my three children are much closer to my former in-laws than they are to my parents. Ah. . . such is life.Simmons' eldest, teen Harper Madison Bailee Madison - she also appeared in Just Go With It with Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler is sweet! Turner Simmons Joshua Rush gives a sterling rendition of the "Shot Heard 'Round the World" New York Giants vs. Brooklyn Dodgers - 1951 World Series and younger brother Barker Kyle Harrison Breitkopf has an imaginary invisible Kangaroo friend Carl ala Jimmy Stewart's Harvey ... What struck me about this movie is the reality of it. It's about the grades children give their parents and the mistakes parents think they made when raising their kids. Artie Decker sums it up nicely when he's speaking with Alice, "You didn't come with instructions." Ain't that the truth.My parents tried hard I believe, but they left their marks in some ways. I try to be a good parent to my three children and no doubt have left my marks. But in the end and throughout, I LOVE my children and try to let them be who they are and encourage them to find themselves and their way. If nothing else, the point is we all try. Parents aren't as bad as their kids claim. Kids love their parents, despite their kicking and screaming. The generations old tug-of-war continues. And parenting is a combination of art and science. See this movie! While you're at it, keep your eye on Bailee Madison. And maybe Marisa Tomei too! Arthur VanDam, film critic and author
We laughed so hard, so often, my sides hurt. The laughter was eventually followed by the most poignant moment, which literally brought tears. I respect this movie because every character is given dignity and care. They were a kindly family with real love for each other. There was meaning and pertinence to the dialog even during the hilarious airport security check . A few bits may be a tad 'hammy', yet they support the meaning.Story lines like this may seem banal to some--but this movie touches real life, real people. There are certain longings and yearnings we feel towards <more>
'family'. The storyline brought these to the forefront. And myself being a grandparent, I have felt those yearnings in my own life.Billy and Bette were perfect for grandparents. Tom and Marisa are a pleasant, believably decent couple. The story has plenty of surprise twists. The dialog has a far deeper message than might be noticed through the laughter. It speaks to our ethos as a country. It speaks to our values, similarities and our differences, our foibles and faults, and to our virtues. Then asks us to think about what we truly want for our children, or for our grandchildren.Which is to say, the real deciding factor in enjoying this movie is whether or not the story speaks to the individual. It helps to have something in common with the characters and the story. I have very much in common -- so I loved it! And I'm going back to see it again tomorrow – taking my daughter and her four grown kids!!