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Parental Guidance

Parental Guidance is a comedy that will catch families unaware and pull at their heartstrings. I thought I had prepared myself enough – at least, I knew it would have the entire theater shaking with laughter. What I didn't expect was that this movie is an absolute tear-jerker.

Artie Decker (Billy Crystal) and his wife, Diane Decker (Bette Midler) agree to babysit their three grandkids for a while. However, their infrequent visits to their daughter Alice's (Marisa Tomei) home sets them as "the other grandparents." To make it even harder, the kids' type-A helicopter parents have set countless rules and regulations in the household. When Artie and Diane's old school ways of teaching clash with their grandkids' 21st century problems, the family goes through a series of comedic misadventures and misunderstandings before they finally realize that despite the gap of generations, it's learning to bend that brings a family together.

When you combine two of the greatest comedy legends, what you get is a heartfelt, down-to-earth, riproaring rodeo of fun. Every scene in the movie is filled with laughs for both kids and parents as well as hilarious hijinks that will thrill youngsters, including a sugar-high cake scene. The family's relatable trio consists of Harper (Bailee Madison), an overachiever 12-year old; middle child Turner (Joshua Rush), a good kid with a stutter; and 5-year old Barker (Kyle Harrison Breitkopf) who has an imaginary friend. Artie and Diane try to connect with the kids in a way that will resound with viewers.

Some parents may disagree with Artie and Diane's methods of parenting. Artie frequently bribes 5-year old Barker to be on his best behavior and to keep secrets. Barker never gets serious punishment for his bad behavior. Diane talks to Harper about the good ol' days when she and her friends would have a fine night, drinking. Harper responds, aghast, "You want me to drink?" However, the characters grow and learn their lessons along the way.

This film has something for everyone, whether you're a kid, parent, or grandparent. I felt the awkwardness between Harper and her crush. I exalted in that feeling of triumph with 9-year old Turner when he conquers his obstacles. I knew what it was like to lose a dream, and yet to find that there is more in life that's waiting for the right time to show up. I could see the gap of generations and the formidable task of getting "up-to-date" with the "new school" way of things. I was touched by the mother and daughter relationship between Alice and 12-year old Harper. I understood the fragile father and daughter relationship between Artie and Alice.

Parental Guidance is eccentric, affectionate, and has some of the best lines in the comedy genre. Just remember that this movie is rated PG, and I say this not because of objectional content, but because after parents watch with their kids, they'll want to host a family reunion. Parental Guidance is a must-see gem that will strike audience's hearts – perfect for a fun family outing to the movies.

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Parental Guidance 2012-12-25 23:24:24 Star Rapture
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Reviewed by Star Rapture    December 25, 2012
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Parental Guidance 2013-02-20 23:54:44 Matt Boudot
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Reviewed by Matt Boudot    February 20, 2013

BEST MOVIE EVER!!!

AS SOON AS THIS MOVIE COMES OUT OM BLUE-RAY I AM SOOOOOO GOING TO BUY IT!!! ITS SOOO GOOD I CAN WHATCH IT ALL NIGHT AND DAY IF I COULD!!! :D HANS DOWN THIS IS THE BEST MOVIE OF THE YEAR!!! YOU HAVE MY VOTE PG!!! :D

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Parental Guidance 2013-02-05 18:03:08 mary
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Reviewed by mary    February 05, 2013

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THE best movie I have ever seen. I watched it three times and plan to buy the DVD. From belly laughs to tears,this movie is off the charts and deserves a '10'!

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Parental Guidance 2013-01-18 20:51:39 Kathleen
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Reviewed by Kathleen    January 18, 2013

A great movie that will make everyone laugh

We really enjoyed this movie. My kids (age 8) actually saw it twice in one week and were just as excited to see it the second time. It is funny to all ages and it reminds us that we are all human and make mistakes. There are rare movies that I don't worry about my kids getting the wrong message either about violence or unkindness but this movie had a great message and was really fun.

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Parental Guidance 2013-01-17 21:00:47 Guest
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Parental Guidance 2012-12-26 00:44:50 Katherine McNamara and Joel Courtney
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Reviewed by Katherine McNamara and Joel Courtney    December 25, 2012
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Holiday Fun for the Family

When parents leave their children alone for the first time, they are full of worries about what the kids will do. In PARENTAL GUIDANCE, they were more worried about what trouble the grandparents would cause! Billy Crystal and Bette Midler make a charming and hilarious couple as "the other grandparents" desperately trying to win the trust and affections of their grandchildren played (quite well might I add) by Bailee Madison, Joshua Rush, and Kyle Harrison Breitkopf. Director Andy Fickman has filled this film with great holiday fun for the whole family - even a cameo by Tony Hawk! With laughs for all ages throughout and a message of the true meaning of family, we all could use a little PARENTAL GUIDANCE this season.

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