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Parental Guidance (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.


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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 Dianes old school methods of tough rules, lots of love and old-fashioned games, its learning to bend and not holding your ground that binds a family together Written by Twentieth Century Fox

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Here come the grandparents. There go the rules. See more »


Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some rude humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Us & Them  »

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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,554,053 (USA) (28 December 2012)


$77,264,926 (USA) (17 May 2013)

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Babaloo Mandel and Lowell Ganz polished the final script. See more »


Artie mentions a kiss-cam and marriage proposal happening on the scoreboard, which is happening during a conference on the mound. These events typically are shown between innings instead of in the middle of one. And marriage proposals are typically done in the fourth inning, not the ninth. See more »


Barker Simmons: Carl and I wanna leave.
Artie Decker: Don't leave your seat.
Barker Simmons: You said "don't".
Artie Decker: Consider the consequences, mister.
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There is one final scene, after the end of the credits. See more »


Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.48 (2012) See more »


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Written by Michael McGaughrin & John McKeown
Performed by 1990's
Courtesy of Rough Trade Records
By arrangement with Beggars Group Media Limited
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Would have gotten 10 stars if only . . .
30 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

... 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 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.

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