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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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Rated PG for some rude humor | See all certifications »

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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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Because of the time of year the movie was shot-late fall early winter. The grass at the home in Atlanta was dead and had to be digitally colored to look green. See more »

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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 »

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Artie Decker: Harper, here're your sausages.
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Going All The Way
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Quite funny - nice commentary about parenting
7 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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