Parental Guidance (film)

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Parental Guidance
Parental Guidance film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAndy Fickman
Produced byBilly Crystal
Peter Chernin
Dylan Clark
Written byLisa Addario
Joe Syracuse
StarringBilly Crystal
Bette Midler
Marisa Tomei
Tom Everett Scott
Bailee Madison
Kyle Harrison Breitkopf
Joshua Rush
Music byMarc Shaiman
CinematographyDean Semler
Edited byKent Beyda
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • December 25, 2012 (2012-12-25)
Running time
105 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
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.


Artie Decker, a sports commentator for the minor-league Fresno Grizzlies, is fired due to his old school talk and lack of social media. He and his eager-to-please wife, Diane, agree 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 Carl, 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 when he nearly gets hurt by a skateboard ridden by Tony Hawk. Eventually, the tension comes to a head as Alice disagrees with Diane's letting Harper attend a party the night before a recital and the death of Carl. Alice eventually reconciles with Artie and Diane, and she 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 successfully 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]

Rotten Tomatoes gives the film an approval rating of 17%, based on 86 reviews with an average rating of 3.8/10. The website's critical consensus states: "Parental Guidance is sweet but milquetoast, an inoffensive trifle that's blandly predictable".[10] Metacritic gives it a weighted average score of 36 out of 100, based on reviews from 20 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable" reviews.[11]


Award Category Recipient(s) Result
2013 Young Artist Awards[12] Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actor Ten and Under Kyle Harrison Breitkopf Nominated
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


  1. ^ "PARENTAL GUIDANCE (U)". British Board of Film Classification. November 30, 2012. Retrieved November 30, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Box Office Mojo: Parental Guidance (2012)
  3. ^ "Marisa Tomei Joins Bette Midler and Billy Crystal in 'Us and Them'". September 15, 2012. Retrieved January 1, 2013.
  4. ^ "2012 Movies Preview: 'Hunger Games' 'The Dark Knight Rises' 'Avengers' & More". Huffington Post. AOL, Inc. January 10, 2012. Retrieved June 16, 2012.
  5. ^ "Fox Moves Billy Crystal's 'Parental Guidance' To Christmas Day". Deadline Hollywood (PMC). Retrieved June 16, 2012.
  6. ^ "Fox Moves Billy Crystal Comedy Parental Guidance Release Date To Christmas". Retrieved June 16, 2012.
  7. ^ Via Press: Parental Guidance - Release Dates
  8. ^ Amazon: Parental Guidance
  9. ^ LA Times: Movie box-office totals for 2012 projected to set record Retrieved January 2, 2013
  10. ^ "Parental Guidance (2012)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  11. ^ "Parental Guidance Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  12. ^ "34th Annual Young Artist Awards". Retrieved March 31, 2013.

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