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Parental Guidance (2012)

 -  Comedy  -  25 December 2012 (USA)
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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 »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$77,264,926 (USA) (17 May 2013)
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Ralph Branca:  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 »

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At the beginning of the movie, when Artie mentions team names that he gets to announce, one is the "Rancho Cucamonga Quakes." Though that is a real team, they are a single-A team, and would not play against the Fresno Grizzlies, who are a triple-A team. See more »

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Nice Family Comedy, You Won't Be Disappointed
26 December 2012 | by See all my reviews

When Alice (Marisa Tomei) and Phil (Tom Everett Scott) have to leave town for an influential business trip, they are forced to entrust their three hellion children to Alice's parents, the equally hellion Artie (Billy Crystal) and Diane (Bette Midler). Hilarity ensues.

You watch a movie with Billy Crystal to laugh, and he doesn't disappoint. Crystal keeps in tune with the easygoing wit that made his hosting the Oscars so funny. "Parental Guidance" is a return to what made him famous in the first place: nice, funny family-friendly comedy.

Bette Midler is one of the only fairer-sex comediennes that could play opposite the scene-chewing Crystal. They make a great pair, and divvy out the laughs equally as hopelessly inept, secretly genius parents.

The script is written with a focus on the family being an audience, which is not to say the individual or the date can't enjoy it just as much. I was laughing in the first ten minutes, and it kept a steady procession of comical response.

Marisa Tomei is still a stunning beauty. She steals her scenes with unrivaled grace, no matter the movie, and here plays a mom different than her own parents. The comparison makes for a laugh in itself; especially where Crystal and Tomei interact.

There's no smut, no swearing, and no vulgarity. "Parental Guidance" is a refreshing blend of old and new that proves what made the classic laughs so great. Well done.


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