It’s a classic battle of Old School vs. New School in this hilarious film that takes the audience on a crash course of generational parenting philosophies while discovering the many challenges of day-to-day life in suburbia.
Old school grandfather Artie (Billy Crystal), who is accustomed to calling the shots, meets his match when he and his eager-to-please wife Diane (Bette Midler) agree to babysit their three grandkids when their type-A helicopter parents (Marisa Tomei, Tom Everett Scott) go away for work. But when 21st century problems collide with Artie and Diane’s old school methods of tough rules, lots of love and old-fashioned games, it’s learning to bend – and not holding your ground – that binds a family together.
I got a chance to catch a sneak peak of the film over the weekend and I was pleasantly surprised by how funny it was. I’m a sucker for family films wrapped in comedy, and I must say that Parental Guidance is the perfect gift for the holidays. It has something in it for all ages and generations, and I challenge anyone to not shed a tear (or three) in laughter and during some of the films more heartfelt scenes. A definite “must see” for the holidays!!!
PARENTAL GUIDANCE opens in theaters nationwide on December 25, Christmas Day!