Jeff's Review of Parental Guidance
I love Billy Crystal, which is why I wanted to see this movie. Given his love for baseball, it didn't surprise me to see it littered throughout the film. And, as a parent of older children, the subject matter interested me. However, this film follows the low-brow trail blazed by "Meet the Parents" and other unfunny comedies like it. The film was about 25 minutes too long, all at the beginning of the film. It doesn't get partially interesting until the first little league game and it doesn't get tolerable until Marissa Tomei leaves town. Casting is questionable as I have no idea who thought Marissa Tomei, of Italian descent, would be the daughter of two NY parents of Jewish descent. "Parental Guidance" has a very sweet message, but it is average, at best, overall.