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

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Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some rude humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 2012 (USA)  »

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Us & Them  »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,800,000, 30 December 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$77,267,296

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$119,772,232
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Trivia

Director Andy Fickman's birthday is Christmas Day so he was delighted when 20th Century Fox chose to open the film on that day. See more »

Goofs

Artie says there are six Saw movies after watching the first. There are a total of seven. See more »

Quotes

Barker Simmons: Carl and I wanna leave.
Artie Decker: Don't leave your seat.
Barker Simmons: You said "don't".
Artie Decker: Consider the consequences, mister.
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Crazy Credits

During the credits, we see pictures of each person listed with their children. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.48 (2012) See more »

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Ten-Twenty-Ten
Written by Grant Widmer and Edward Joyner
Performed by Generationals
Courtesy of Park The Van Records
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Bad source material but decent acting

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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