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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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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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This Christmas it's a battle for the ages See more »

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Comedy | Family

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Rated PG for some rude humor | See all certifications »

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25 December 2012 (USA)  »

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Us & Them  »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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

The red and white lighthouse shown in the film is located in Harbour Town, on Hilton Head Island, SC. See more »

Goofs

When Artie Decker drops Barker off at school, the car seat has the seat-belt going in front of the child and not through the car seat itself. This is not the correct way to install the car seat. However, it may not have been as funny if they didn't do it this way. See more »

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Artie Decker: For the record, I was never going to actually spank Barker.
Harper Decker Simmons: But you said you were.
Artie Decker: But I didn't.
Harper Decker Simmons: But he didn't know that.
Artie Decker: That's *why* it worked.
Harper Decker Simmons: Oh.
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There is one final scene, after the end of the credits. See more »

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

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You Made Me Like It
Written by Michael McGaughrin & John McKeown
Performed by 1990's
Courtesy of Rough Trade Records
By arrangement with Beggars Group Media Limited
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Yawn
29 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My expectations weren't that high and Parental Guidance failed to meet them.

Bette Midler got the very few good lines, but other than that I was in turns bored or irritated. Bored because Billy Crystal never shuts up when he's on-screen. Irritated because I fail to see how bratty kids are funny. It's just an old, tired cliché from every sitcom from the last forty years.

Especially annoying was Marisa Tomei's helicopter-mother character. It was a cartoon character with no redeeming qualities.

I found myself wishing I sneak into whatever was playing next door.


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