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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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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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$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?


Ralph Branca: Artie shares the broadcast call of The Shot Heard Round The World with Turner to "connect" with him. At Harper's audition, Turner delivers the broadcasters call of the famous Ralph Branca pitch and Bobby Thomson's home run. The table of judges shows one old judge with a big smile. This judge is played by Ralph Branca, who threw the legendary pitch to Bobby Thomson. 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 »


Artie Decker: Eggless egg salad, how am I gonna know it when I see it?
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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 »


Violin Concerto In D Major, Op. 35
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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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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