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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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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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The red and white lighthouse shown in the film is located in Harbour Town, on Hilton Head Island, SC. See more »

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Artie says there are six Saw movies after watching the first. There are a total of seven. See more »

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Harper Decker Simmons: [with a mouthful of cake] Yogurt not like ice cream! You lied!
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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.48 (2012) See more »

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Book Of Love
Written by Warren Davis, George Malone and Charles Patrick
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Bad source material but decent acting
3 April 2013 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

Parental Guidance is a pretty decent family comedy about bridging the generation gap, and the process of re-building relationships that have been neglected for a very long time.

It is obvious to me that neither Billy Crystal or Bette Midler get too many good movie roles nowadays, and I think you can clearly see their joy at being back in the limelight in starring roles. They deliver strong performances and have great timing, and it is a pity that the source material is so weak to begin with. The basic plot is okay with me, but some of the comedy is far-fetched and grandchild Barker's bizarre behavior is used as an excuse for comedy too many times.

I liked a couple of scenes, which deal with the pressure of constantly keeping up with the technological advances of this day and age, with Artie losing his job because he doesn't tweet or know what an app is. This is a very relevant issue and unfortunately it is lightly dealt with.

All in all, the plot is thoroughly predictable and the points the movie wishes to make are obvious to all without any hint of subtlety, but the strong acting performances saves it from being a train wreck.


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