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.
NOW & THEN is four minute meditation on technology and its effects on communication through time. Using two distinct temporal spaces, this film explores the emotional disconnect through our... See full summary »
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
Artie shares the broadcast call of The Shot Heard Round The World with Turner to "connect" with him. At Harper's audition, Turner delivers the broadcasters call of the famous Ralph Branca pitch and Bobby Thomson's home run. The table of judges shows one old judge with a big smile. This judge is played by Ralph Branca, who threw the legendary pitch to Bobby Thomson. See more »
Turner's re-creation of the famous Russ Hodges call of the "Shot Heard 'Round the World", is not exactly accurate. He fails to mention that Clint Hartung was on Third when Whitey Lockman was on Second. See more »
This comedy about the child rearing skills of modern parents versus the grandparents is more funny than not. When parents Marisa Tomei and Tom Everett Scott need some baby sitting they call grandparents Billy Crystal and Bette Midler for assistance.
The dialog is quite fresh and the cast is winning. Bette Midler looks slim and her role could have been juicier. Billy Crystal has the main role and he is cute enough given the material. The kids are charming enough and not annoying (as in some similar comedies) including the talented Bailee Madison who is still adorable even though she is getting older.
Worth a watch.
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