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.
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.
The idea for the film came from a real life experience for Billy Crystal when he and his wife looked after their grandchildren for a weekend. 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 »
I feel 10 years younger than I am, and I look 10 years younger than that, so you're asking a 38 year old to retire.
You're 38? Good, paint the house.
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There is one final scene, after the end of the credits. See more »
Written by Mike Chapman (as Michael Donald Chapman) and Nicky Chinn (as Nicolas Barry Chinn)
Performed by Toni Basil
Courtesy of Stillwater Limited
Under exclusive license to Razor & Tie Direct, LLC See more »
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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