Parental Guidance (film)

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This article is about the American comedy film. For the Singaporean sitcom, see Parental Guidance (TV series). For other uses, see Parental Guidance.
Parental Guidance
Parental Guidance film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Andy Fickman
Produced by Billy Crystal
Peter Chernin
Dylan Clark
Written by Lisa Addario
Joe Syracuse
Starring Billy Crystal
Bette Midler
Marisa Tomei
Tom Everett Scott
Bailee Madison
Kyle Harrison Breitkopf
Joshua Rush
Music by Marc Shaiman
Cinematography Dean Semler
Edited by Kent Beyda
Production
company
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • December 19, 2012 (2012-12-19)
Running time 105 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $25 million
Box office $119,772,232[2]

Parental Guidance (previously titled Us & Them[3]) is a 2012 American family-comedy film starring Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei and Tom Everett Scott and directed by Andy Fickman.[4] The film was released on December 19, 2012.[5][6] This movie was the last Dune Entertainment film to be distributed by 20th Century Fox.

When Alice and Phil leave their three children with their parents while off on a short holiday, the children learn important life lessons from their grandparents.

Plot[edit]

After Artie Decker, Sports Commentator for the minor-league Fresno Grizzlies is fired from his job as his old school talk and lack of social media, his eager-to-please wife, Diane, agrees to babysit their three grandkids, Harper, Turner and Barker in Atlanta when their daughter, Alice and her husband, Phillip go away for an entrepreneur exhibition. Problems arise as Artie's and Diane's parenting skills collide with Alice and Phillip's helicopter parenting. After learning of the children's various problems, such as Harper's high achievement syndrome, Turner's speech impediment and Barker's imaginary friend, they try to make the children their new best friends.

Alice eventually returns as her boss gives an assignment to redesign the website for the X Games. Artie's uses this to his advantage as he manages to arrange an interview for the role of sports commentator. He manages to place Barker's life in danger as he nearly gets hurt by a skateboard ridden by Tony Hawk. Eventually, the tension comes to a head as Alice disagrees with Diane letting Harper attend a party the night before a recital and the death of Barker's imaginary friend, Carl. Alice eventually reconciles with Artie and Diane and allows Harper to not take part in the recital, if she doesn't want to. Turner takes Harper's place in the recital and resolves his speech impediment by commentating on the Shot Heard 'Round The World.

Cast[edit]

Release[edit]

Parental Guidance was released on December 25, 2012 in the United States and Canada and on December 26, 2012 in Australia, the United Kingdom and Ireland. Its international release spans from December 19, 2012 to July 11, 2013, with the first 2013 release on January 3, 2013 in the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and Singapore.[7]

Home media[edit]

Parental Guidance was released on DVD & Blu-ray as well as for purchase via streaming on March 26, 2013 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.[8]

Reception[edit]

Despite generally negative reviews, box office totals for the movie were higher than expected.[2][9] Reviews included an 18% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 84 reviews, with the consensus stating: "Parental Guidance is sweet but milquetoast, an inoffensive trifle that's blandly predictable".[10]

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
2013 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actor Ten and Under Kyle Harrison Breitkopf Nominated [11]
Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actor Ten and Under Joshua Rush Nominated
Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Ensemble Cast Kyle Harrison Breitkopf, Bailee Madison, Joshua Rush Nominated

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