Parental Guidance
Parental Guidance (2012)

Old school grandfather Artie (Billy Crystal), who is accustomed to calling the shots, meets his match when he and his eager-to-please wife Diane (Bette Midler) agree to babysit their three grandkids when their type-A helicopter parents… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: March 26, 2013
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Critic Score: 18% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Parental Guidance is sweet but milquetoast, an inoffensive trifle that's blandly predictable.

Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

This grating family comedy resembles a sitcom in its flat lighting, patronizing music cues, and frames supplying little visual information apart from the actors' mugging faces.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

After a while it seems to run out of jokes, maybe to make room for all the crying and hug-it-out family redemption in the last half hour.

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Richard Knight
Windy City Times

The kids are mostly a drag and the schmaltz is poured on as thick as maple syrup, but if those by-the-numbers Disney '60s comedies with Suzanne Pleshette and Dean Jones...are your thing, Parental Guidance will warm you up over the holidays

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

One of those intergenerational embarrassment comedies in the Meet the Fockers line, where children can enjoy seeing grown-ups looking ridiculous.

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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine

I can't deny I did feel fonder of my own family afterward, mostly because I know none of them would ever make me sit through Parental Guidance.

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

A joyless and crude comedy that celebrates bathroom humor.

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Chris Packham
Village Voice

An extended "in my day" joke intended to convey the superiority of old people over a lot of supposedly contemporary behavior that doesn't actually exist in real life.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

It's hard to know who exactly "Parental Guidance" was made for.

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Jason Best
Movie Talk

The film's gags are predictable and fairly lame, but the stars' diehard fans will enjoy Crystal's snarky one-liners and, yes, Midler's singing.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
There's some to love, and a lot to dislike about this Billy Crystal-Bette Midler paired comedy. In the positive category we have our two leads, who are… More
Cynthia S.
Decent, funny comedy, but nothing really special. Billy Crystal was very funny. The philosophy of old school vs, new school parenting had some good laughs, etc.… More
Nicki Marie
Wasn't quite the suck-fest I pictured, but believe me, my expectations were way down for this one. Found this quite watchable (once, anyhow, wouldn't… More
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<b><I>Parental Guidance</b></I> was a funny movie. The kids in the film are really cute, funny, and charming. It's a good movie for… More
Anthony Lawrie
Surprisingly not crap. The only way I can describe it is that it's essentially an 80's film made in 2012. It is honestly a joy to see Billy Crystal… More
Manu Gino
Here come the grandparents. There go the rules. Good Family Movie! You watch a movie with Billy Crystal to laugh, and he doesn't disappoint. Crystal keeps… More