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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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Andy Fickman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Crystal ... Artie Decker
Bette Midler ... Diane Decker
Marisa Tomei ... Alice Simmons
Tom Everett Scott ... Phil Simmons
Bailee Madison ... Harper Simmons
Joshua Rush ... Turner Simmons
Kyle Breitkopf ... Barker Simmons (as Kyle Harrison Breitkopf)
Jennifer Crystal Foley ... Cassandra
Rhoda Griffis ... Dr. Schveer
Gedde Watanabe ... Mr. Cheng
Tony Hawk ... Tony Hawk
Steve Levy Steve Levy ... Steve Levy
Cade Jones ... Ivan Halloran
Mavrick Moreno ... Cody
Madison Lintz ... Ashley
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

When it comes to parents, it's old school vs new school. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some rude humor | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Us & Them See more »

Filming Locations:

Fresno, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,800,000, 30 December 2012

Gross USA:

$77,267,296

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$119,772,232
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Billy Crystal is 16 years older than Marisa Tomei. Bette Midler is 19 years older than Tomei. See more »

Goofs

When Arty is searched by the TSA there are (what appear to be) U.S. Marines behind him to his right wearing desert camouflage uniforms. U.S. Marines are not authorized to wear camouflage uniforms off-base unless authorized by their command(s). Also, from October 2011 through March 2014 Marines did not wear their sleeves rolled up. See more »

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Drayton Glass: We're looking for guys who Tweet.
Artie Decker: I'll tweet, I make any kind of noise you want.
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Parental Guidance (2012) **1/2
4 January 2013 | by JoeKarlosiSee all my reviews

Billy Crystal and Bette Midler make a compatible pair of grandparents who are so out of touch with today's kids and how they're raised that even their own daughter (Marisa Tomei) doesn't want them near her children. So it is with great trepidation that the paranoid mom allows her parents to mind the store and stay with the young ones while she and daddy go off on a long-deserved getaway. That in a nutshell is the idea behind PARENTAL GUIDANCE, and I was able to relate enough with the idea of how newer generations are missing out on what we had that I was willing to watch it. So Billy and Bette (are they not really old enough in appearance to be grandparents, or is it just that I'm not that far off from their age myself?) try to instill some of their older values and ways of life onto the kids, with occasionally funny results (the scene with Crystal and his grandson at the little league baseball game is a highlight). Nothing outstanding here, just a decent family picture that goes down pretty easy. I must be getting up there in age when I'm starting to think that Bette Midler has weathered the storm pretty well... **/12 out of ****


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