Parental Guidance 2012 PG CC

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Billy Crystal, Bette Midler and Marisa Tomei prove that laughter is relative in this hilarious comedy that's fun for the whole family!

Starring:
Billy Crystal, Bette Midler
Runtime:
1 hour 45 minutes

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Parental Guidance

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Product Details

Genres Fantasy, Comedy, Kids & Family
Director Andy Fickman
Starring Billy Crystal, Bette Midler
Supporting actors Marisa Tomei, Tom Everett Scott, Bailee Madison, Joshua Rush, Kyle Harrison Breitkopf, Jennifer Crystal Foley, Rhoda Griffis, Gedde Watanabe, Tony Hawk, Steve Levy, Cade Jones, Mavrick Moreno, Madison Lintz, Corey James Wright, Justin R. Kennedy, Fyodor Cherniavsky, Brad James, Christine Lakin
Studio Fox
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Wonderfully funny family movie with a very good storyline.
ChildOfGod
The ups and downs of parenting, the wisdom of grandparents, children struggling to grow and the love that binds families amid it all.
Andrea Polk
I laughed more than I had laughed watching a movie in a long time.
T. Good

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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Katts on January 14, 2013
Format: DVD
Being an avid fan of Billy Crystal, I eagerly awaited his return to the silver screen. I was not disappointed. Coupled with another veteran actress in Bette Midler (his doting wife), they made we 'older' parents appear archaic with their 'tough love' approach - (didn't all Baby Boomers experience this as children?). The story goes on to explain how they are 'the only' set of grandparents available, to care for their 3 grandchildren, 12, 8 and 5, much to their daughter's reluctance. Their daughter (played by Marissa Tomei) is all about 'new age' parenting and frowns heavily upon any strayings from her teachings. Therefore laying down her set of rules and opening the door to laughter.

Naturally, things are going to go wrong, as Billy and Bette strive to keep the peace and understand their charges. As not only do the 'Oldies' react to each situation in an uninitiated new age-old age way causing havoc, but are also victims to a completely automated house which initially sees them as intruders, much to their grandies delight. PARENTIAL GUIDANCE is a movie worth taking a look at and taking your grandkids to. It's a feel good movie. And without giving away the plot, Billy Crystal plays his usual affable self, who belts out an unexpected Acapella duet with Bette, along with some great co-stars of all ages, who end up loving him in spite of his mistakes.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Faberman on December 29, 2012
Format: DVD
I saw it the other day, and it was so funny, I laughed so much. It really hit home, about being grand parents. I just loved it.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By John Panagopoulos on January 3, 2013
Format: DVD
***This review may contain spoilers***

The trailers advertising "Parental Guidance" (hereafter PG) were not only unpromising, but borderline appalling. It emphasized the tired, painful slapstick and saccharine sentiment of so many other formulaic family comedies, that I was determined to avoid it. But, visiting my mother and deciding to take in a movie before lunch at Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse, we decided upon PG because it was the only movie that had subject matter my Mom (not particularly keen on hobbits, 40-somethings, or even Lincoln) was interested in. After seeing it, we were pleasantly (if surprisingly) entertained, despite the dilapidated old "Clash of the Generations" plot. Our amusement was largely due to those reliably schticky comedy workhorses Billy Crystal and Bette Midler.

Crystal and Midler play fairly (but not completely) old-fashioned Artie and Diane Decker, parents to Type-A, harried upper-class daughter Alice Decker Simmons (Marisa Tomei). Alice is married to Phil Simmons (Tom Everett Scott) a basically easygoing engineer who, like Rick Moranis's Wayne Szalinski in the "Honey, I.." movies has converted their home into a technological, computerized, self-sustaining "house of tomorrow". Their children are Harper (Bailee Madison), who is as neurotically driven as her mother, Turner (Joshua Rush) her more levelheaded, technologically savvy brother who has a stuttering problem, and certainly not least, the mischievous, irreverent, red-haired Barker (Kyle Harrison Breitkopf) whose best friend is an invisible kangaroo named Carl (not Harvey).

Unlike the paternal grandparents, Artie and Diane have not seen their grandchildren in months, if not years. They are "the other grandparents".
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Sue's Reviews on February 28, 2013
Format: DVD
We were so pleasantly surprised to see how clean and funny this movie was! I don't even know if there was one cuss word in it! We loved it so much we saw it twice at the theater! And just yesterday, when my husband saw it was still there he said, "We could go see Parental Guidance again." Haha! For those who choose movies that are clean and moral, this was one of them! A definite rarity in today's entertainment industry!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Christie on April 29, 2013
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Children & Adults of ages will laugh and enjoy this Family movie! The scenario's are OH so TRUE! Love it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sheryl Fechter on September 7, 2014
Format: DVD
This little movie, directed by Andy Fickman along with the 'Take me out to the ballgame' music by Marc Shamain, pitches the story of Artie Decker (Billie Crystal) and Diane (Bette Middler) trying to take on the role of caregivers to their grandchildren for about a week. These two comedians happily bring their same comedic ability, but are easily able to dial it down to the family viewing level. The three spoiled-to-the-core children are, Barker (Kyle Harrison Breitkopf), the youngest, who is in preschool and is a study in chaos. Then there is Turner (Joshua Rush), who gets bullied because of a nervous stutter and a sweeter personality. The oldest is grandaughter, Harper (Bailee Madison), who is overly indoctrinated with the many household rules while demanding obedience when the parents aren't around. All three are being raised in the resolve that there is no competition allowed amongst their peers, in a home that has a computer type system which tells of everything that is going on, and under no circumstance is there to be sugar involved!

Alice Simmons (Marisa Tomei) is their daughter who has decided, along with her husband, Phil (Tom Everett Scott), that the children should be raised in a different world than she was. One of fairness and equality where there is neither a 'first place' nor specific winner, this way no one could ever lose. While playing baseball, which was Artie Decker's career as a radio announcer, each child bats until they get on base ... no matter how many times it takes and definitely no - strike 1, 2, 3, you're out; you get the idea with the whole parenting arrangement. Baseball meant the world to Artie while he announced the games for the Fresno "Grizzlies" minor league games and dreamed of announcing for the Giants.
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