Parental Guidance (film)

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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
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
  • December 25, 2012 (2012-12-25)
Running time
105 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $25 million
Box office $119.8 million[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] It was released on December 25, 2012.[5][6] It was the last Dune Entertainment film to be distributed by 20th Century Fox.


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

Alice eventually returns home when her boss gives her an assignment to redesign the website for the X Games. Artie uses this to his advantage, as he arranges 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. Alice eventually reconciles with Artie and Diane, and allows Harper to withdraw from the recital. Turner takes her place in it and resolves his stutter by reciting the commentary from the Shot Heard 'Round The World. Afterwards, Artie and Diane become a major part of their grandchildren's lives with Artie taking up a new job as a commentator for a Little League Baseball team along with Turner.



The film 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]

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


Despite generally negative reviews, box office totals for the film were higher than expected.[2][9] Reviews included a 17% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 86 reviews, with the consensus stating: "Parental Guidance is sweet but milquetoast, an inoffensive trifle that's blandly predictable". On Metacritic, it holds a score of 36 out of 100, based on 20 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable" reviews.[10]


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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