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Parental Guidance (2012)

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Artie and Diane agree to look after their three grandkids when their type-A helicopter parents need to leave town for work. Problems arise when the kids' 21st-century behavior collides with Artie and Diane's old-school methods.

Director:

Andy Fickman
1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Crystal ... Artie Decker
Bette Midler ... Diane Decker
Marisa Tomei ... Alice Simmons
Tom Everett Scott ... Phil Simmons
Bailee Madison ... Harper Simmons
Joshua Rush ... Turner Simmons
Kyle Breitkopf ... Barker Simmons (as Kyle Harrison Breitkopf)
Jennifer Crystal Foley ... Cassandra
Rhoda Griffis ... Dr. Schveer
Gedde Watanabe ... Mr. Cheng
Tony Hawk ... Tony Hawk
Steve Levy Steve Levy ... Steve Levy
Cade Jones ... Ivan Halloran
Mavrick Moreno ... Cody
Madison Lintz ... Ashley
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Storyline

The parents of Alice, a controlled mom, agree to take care of her 3 crazy children, Harper, Turner and Barker, because they feel they don't see their grandchildren enough, when Alice and her husband Phil go on a business trip for Phil. But when everything goes downhill, they need to find a way to prove to Alice, Phil, and themselves that they can be great grandparents.

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Taglines:

This Christmas it's a battle for the ages See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some rude humor | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Bernadette Peters was rumored to play the role of Diane. See more »

Goofs

When at Turner's Speech Therapy, the camera shows Turner with his ear-buds out of his ears hanging on his shirt, and when the Therapy teachers says that it is Turner's turn, the camera pans around to Artie, it comes back to Turner and the ear-buds are in Turner's ears. See more »

Quotes

Diane Decker: You know what grandparenting is? Second chance.
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Crazy Credits

During the credits, we see pictures of each person listed with their children. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.165 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Ten-Twenty-Ten
Written by Grant Widmer and Edward Joyner
Performed by Generationals
Courtesy of Park The Van Records
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Unexpected cheer for the holidays!
23 December 2012 | by andynaikSee all my reviews

I was at an advance screening of this movie. I didn't keep any hopes as I thought it would be another heavily clichéd unfunny movie. I'm glad that I was proved wrong. The movie is really funny and light-hearted. What I liked is that this film did not have any poorly written lines or jokes.

Everyone played their part well. Especially the kids (although their movie names could have been better) So, Artie (Billy Crystal) is a baseball commentator who's the father of Alice (Marisa Tomei). Artie and his wife Diane (Bette Middler) are unwillingly invited to watch over their grand-kids for a week. Based on previous experience, Alice is concerned over how they would handle her kids (who are overly disciplined) What follows is a week long fun ride with unexpected situations arising due to Artie who is put at blame. The youngest is especially a challenge. There are no plot twists here so as expected everything turns out well in the end.

Don't expect stellar performances, but I'm sure you'll love the kids! I don't think this would garner any Oscars but it's sometimes these feel-good movies (genuinely funny) that make your day. Definitely a must-watch for the holidays with all your family members!


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Us & Them See more »

Filming Locations:

Fresno, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,554,053, 30 December 2012

Gross USA:

$77,267,296

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$119,772,232
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Datasat | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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