Parental Guidance (2012)

Parental Guidance (2012)
Running Time: 105 minutes

Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox
Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox

Directed by: Andy Fickman
Starring: Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei, Tom Everett Scott

Parental Guidance is a film that is pretty much self-explanatory from the title. The story is about Artie Decker (Crystal) who is an announcer for a minor league baseball team, and has always aspired to work in the major leagues. However, Artie is fired from his job. Meanwhile, his daughter, Alice (Tomei) and her husband Phil (Scott) are asked to go on a business vacation, and reluctantly ask Alice’s parents to look after their three children.  As Artie and his wife, Diane’s (Midler) old-school parenting methods clashes with the 21st century method that Alice and Phil has incorporated, the family goes through a rollercoaster ride as they bonded together.

This family movie was heart-moving, and at the same time it was filled with comedic moments as old-school meets with modern methods. Billy Crystal was great as a leading man after quite a bit of time, Bette Midler played a supportive wife and loving grandmother. The children, Bailee Madison, Joshua Rush and Kyle Harrison Breitkopf were amazingly hilarious and gave a touching performance. The film has an ability to remind audience of their own parents and for some their own parenting styles, as the conflict between the methods shown on-screen continues.

Overall, it was a great, relaxing film. Though it is a family movie, I think it suits older audiences than children.

Rating: 6 out of 10


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