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Parental Guidance (2012)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barker Simmons (as Kyle Harrison Breitkopf)
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The parents of Alice, a controlled mom, agree to take care of her 3 crazy children, Harper, Turner and Barker, because they feel they don't see their grandchildren enough, when Alice and her husband Phil go on a business trip for Phil. But when everything goes downhill, they need to find a way to prove to Alice, Phil, and themselves that they can be great grandparents.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some rude humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Us & Them  »

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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$77,264,926 (USA) (17 May 2013)

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Did You Know?


Babaloo Mandel and Lowell Ganz polished the final script. See more »


When at Turner's Speech Therapy, the camera shows Turner with his ear-buds out of his ears hanging on his shirt, and when the Therapy teachers says that it is Turner's turn, the camera pans around to Artie, it comes back to Turner and the ear-buds are in Turner's ears. See more »


Diane Decker: You know what we are? We're the OTHER grandparents.
Artie Decker: Well we can't be all 4.
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Crazy Credits

During the credits, we see pictures of each person listed with their children. See more »


Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.55 (2012) See more »


Written by William Peterkin, Barbara L. Jordan (as Barbara Jordan) and Daniel Mark Thompson
Performed by William Peterkin (as Pete Peterkin)
Courtesy of Heavy Hitters Music Group
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Billy and Bette are lovely, but too many silly scenes
27 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

Alice Simmons (Marisa Tomei) is somewhat estranged from her parents (Billy Crystal, Bette Midler). When her husband Phil (Tom Everett Scott)'s work takes them away, she's forced to ask her parents to look after her kids (Bailee Madison, Joshua Rush, Kyle Harrison Breitkopf).

I like Billy Crystal and Bette Midler. I like their chemistry. I like their 'old fashion' ways. But some really stupid scenes destroy any chance this movie had. Grumpy Billy Crystal has some funny moments. Bette Midler is likable as the peacemaker. But by the middle of the movie, they just piled on one too many ridiculous premise to accept, and the movie falls apart.

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