Parental Guidance

2012

Parental Guidance

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Parental Guidance is sweet but milquetoast, an inoffensive trifle that's blandly predictable.

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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

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Critic Reviews for Parental Guidance

All Critics (92) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (76)

  • Parental Guidance is simply not very funny, which given its attempt to incorporate constant humour, poses quite the problem.

    February 7, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Stefan Pape

    CineVue
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  • It's definitely a feel good movie, making it the perfect family friendly holiday pick - just remember not to grumble when it doesn't offer any more than that.

    October 22, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A series of contrivances born of some unholy union between America's Funniest Home Videos and Leave it to Beaver.

    August 21, 2018 | Full Review…

    Jordan Riefe

    Celebuzz
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  • It's about how grandparents are important even though they say weird things and make bad jokes and try to get you excited about boring things, like baseball.

    September 27, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • There is nothing profound here, but if Artie being called "Farty" by a pre-schooler takes your fancy, then you'll have a laugh.

    September 11, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • A more clichd, cloying, and predictable treacle fest than 'Parental Guidance' you will not find-if you're an adult. That's why it's a pretty good film for small children!

    June 20, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Parental Guidance

  • Jan 18, 2015
    This was a nice little family movie. Proves that Billy Crystal is still funny. Very heartwarming at the end, can be a tear jerker.
    Jarrin R Super Reviewer
  • Nov 17, 2014
    There's some to love, and a lot to dislike about this Billy Crystal-Bette Midler paired comedy. In the positive category we have our two leads, who are comedy legends and all around funny people. The characters deal with really intense problems that stem from a wide variety of issues, and not all of them have easy solutions. That's not a regular staple of modern comedy films, which are happy to create a tidy ending for its schmucks. What many people take issue with is this unrealistic, privileged view of middle class Americans that paints children as spoiled misanthropes, and adults as their enablers. Artie's voice doesn't seem like Crystal's, because everyone knows that the future means embracing technology, and all its benefits. In this reality older people know best and younger people don't know anything. If its depiction of people wasn't so skewed, perhaps the few laughs it actually generated would be better appreciated.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 30, 2013
    Utterly lame movie. I would have blistered Barker's behind several times!
    Ida K Super Reviewer
  • May 12, 2013
    Artie Decker (Billy Crystal) is good at what he does. Being a radio announcer for a minor league baseball team for a long time he was sure that there was another season left in him to remain as an announcer. Management wants to revamp and upgrade the atmosphere of the stadium. Meaning that they have got to let the "aging" broadcaster go. When he gets home and breaks the news to his wife, Diane Decker (Bette Midler) she is enthusiastic about it because she wants to see the three grandchildren of her only daughter Alice (Marisa Tomei). Hilarious antics are sure to be enjoyed as you experience what happens as the grand parents and the grand try to cope and understand each other as the parents take some time off on a business trip. delightfully entertaining with one tear-jerker moment for me. Please see this it is entertaining!
    Fascade F Super Reviewer

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