Parental Guidance
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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 (Marisa Tomei, Tom Everett Scott) go away for work. But when 21st century problems collide with Artie and Diane's old school methods of tough rules, lots of love and old-fashioned games, it's learning to bend - and not holding your ground - that binds a family together
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 18%

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"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."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"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"
‑ Richard Knight, Windy City Times
"Borscht Belt humor combines with serious schmaltz to produce this gummy formulaic family comedy."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"... a shameless mix of obnoxious slapstick and relentless bodily-function humor that results in shots to the crotch for Crystal and blows to the brain for moviegoers."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Cinemalogue.com
"One of those intergenerational embarrassment comedies in the Meet the Fockers line, where children can enjoy seeing grown-ups looking ridiculous."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"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."
‑ Mary F. Pols, TIME Magazine
"A joyless and crude comedy that celebrates bathroom humor."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"People with brains they can't turn on and off for 90 minute stretches of holiday family togetherness will be driven to take some kind of painkiller before the final credits roll. Everyone else will be fine"
‑ Dave White, IFilm
"I don't know if it's reassuring or scary that in such an American film the kids seems to be UK-style victims of both health and safety rules and political correctness at the same time."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
"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."
‑ Chris Packham, Village Voice
"It's hard to know who exactly "Parental Guidance" was made for."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"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."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"If 'Parental Guidance' is the drivel that's passing for family fare this winter, then it's best to just keep your family warm and entertained at home."
‑ Linda Cook, Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
"Poor Crystal. There remains a scintilla of dignity in his sad clown. He may beatbox while wearing wraparound sunglasses, but, thankfully for you and yours, he does not dance the robot."
‑ Leah Churner, Austin Chronicle
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