Parental Guidance Movie Review

Parental Guidance Movie Poster

My whole family firmly insists that I have absolutely no sense of humor. They are wrong, but why argue? I do not appreciate children putting down adults; however, I appreciate the irony of life as my LOL guffaws at the sneak preview of Parental Guidance movie.

Child rearing certainly has changed through the generations. The biblical “Spare the rod and spoil the child” philosophy went out when the new Dr. Spock permissiveness came in. Now just imagine yourself as an uptight, old school, golden years grandparent being asked to babysit your grandchildren for a week. One caveat though–you are to use your child and her spouse’s clashing, high tech parenting style. PG, my how it has changed from one generation to the next!

Artie (Billy Crystal) and Diane (Bette Midler) are second-tier grandparents to uptight Harper, nerdy-bullied Barker, and fanciful tantrum-prone Turner. So when their daughter and her husband need someone to take care of the kids, their take on American families in America today is funny and so, so real. The more active, involved, and vital they become, the more problems surface. Their takes food, the bathroom, team sports, play, discipline and especially the word NO, are genius comedy. Their song and dance number The Book of Love is a genuine blast from the past.

What happens when the standards of times gone by competes against modern psyc? Artie and Diane grow as they prove they love their family. Tough rules, outside play, and competition don’t have to be bad things. Food nurturing, overprotecting, and coddling made them the parents they were. Three cheers to Diane’s shun of the angry mean violin teacher, Artie ‘s becoming the Giants announcer, and Alice and Phil for recognizing that the grandparents are not second-tier.

Parental Guidance (rated PG) opens in theaters December 25, 2012. Its 104 minutes go too fast. Be sure to wait for the last credits as Crysta asks for change for a five. His droll witty rude humor is best served unexpected.

Admission to this movie was provided free of cost to me for the sole purpose of review. This post has not been monetarily compensated. Please note that any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.

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