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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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Comedy | Family | Fantasy

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Rated PG for some rude humor | See all certifications »

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25 December 2012 (USA)  »

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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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Bernadette Peters was rumored to play the role of Diane. See more »

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When Arty is searched by the TSA there are (what appear to be) U.S. Marines behind him to his right wearing desert camouflage uniforms. U.S. Marines are not authorized to wear camouflage uniforms off-base unless authorized by their command(s). Also, from October 2011 through March 2014 Marines did not wear their sleeves rolled up. See more »

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Diane Decker: Artie!
Artie Decker: I'm sorry! I can't take this anymore! This whole "teachable moments" of protecting their self-esteem and nobody gets punished and every game ends in a tie! All I hear is "Use your words. Use your words," but the word they never use with the kids is "No!"
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References Saw VI (2009) See more »

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Going All The Way
Written by Aaron Harrison, Danny Sharp, Joe Sefton, and Marc Miles
Performed by Guns On The Roof
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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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