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Parental Guidance [Blu-ray] (2013)

Billy Crystal , Bette Midler , Andy Fickman  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (977 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei, Tom Everett Scott, Bailee Madison
  • Directors: Andy Fickman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: March 26, 2013
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (977 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B2203D4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,851 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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! Old-school grandparents Artie (Crystal) and Diane (Midler) get more than they bargained for when they get stuck babysitting their type-A daughter's (Tomei) overprotected kids. But things go from hectic to hysterical when Artie realizes the kids are running the house with their newfangled technology. By playing by his own rules, which include sugary snacks, old fashioned games and tough love, Artie manages to outsmart the kids and achieve the impossible- bring the family closer together!

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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Old Age versus New Age Parenting January 14, 2013
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
5.0 out of 5 stars funniest movie I've seen in a long time December 29, 2012
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
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this Movie!!! February 28, 2013
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie the WHOLE Family will enjoy! 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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4.0 out of 5 stars "The Word They Never Use With The Kids Is No!" - Artie September 7, 2014
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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