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.
Alexander's day begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by more calamities. However, he finds little sympathy from his family and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him, his mom, dad, brother and sister - who all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
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
Billy Crystal is 16 years older than Marisa Tomei. Bette Midler is 19 years older than Tomei. See more »
When Artie is doing play by play for the Braves vs Giants game, he mentions Hudson as the starter for the Braves. When the game is shown on TV it is clearly Derek Lowe who is the pitcher for the Braves. See more »
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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