Parental Guidance


Parental Guidance

Critics Consensus

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 (25) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (76)

  • This grating family comedy resembles a sitcom in its flat lighting, patronizing music cues, and frames supplying little visual information apart from the actors' mugging faces.

    Jan 3, 2013 | Full Review…
  • One of those intergenerational embarrassment comedies in the Meet the Fockers line, where children can enjoy seeing grown-ups looking ridiculous.

    Dec 28, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • A film with little else to commend it from the obvious.

    Dec 27, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • An extended "in my day" joke intended to convey the superiority of old people over a lot of supposedly contemporary behavior that doesn't actually exist in real life.

    Dec 27, 2012 | Full Review…
  • After a while it seems to run out of jokes, maybe to make room for all the crying and hug-it-out family redemption in the last half hour.

    Dec 26, 2012 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • I can't deny I did feel fonder of my own family afterward, mostly because I know none of them would ever make me sit through Parental Guidance.

    Dec 26, 2012 | 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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