Parental Guidance Synopsis
A grandfather finds himself having to take care of his three grandkids using 21st century methods.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Parental Guidance is an engaging comedy that bridges multiple generation gaps, making it that rare movie that grandparents, their kids, and...
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Crystal and Midler are such confident pros that their crack timing elevates even substandard material.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
Parental Guidance is one of those intergenerational embarrassment comedies in the "Meet the Fockers" line, where children can enjoy seeing...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
Perhaps anticipating an older audience, most of the lessons are one-sided, with the old-timers seemingly harming the children while...
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Parental Guidance is overly generous with regard to the silliness. However, it's not clueless. Crystal seems determined to give as...
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50

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
The pathos: considerable. The sight gags, involving Crystal puking chili dog on a kid's face, or the grandson with an imaginary friend...
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
In the occasionally funny but mostly facile '80s-style culture-clash comedy Parental Guidance, Billy Crystal, who now resembles a very cute...
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
Billy Crystal and Bette Midler hustle to peddle the threadbare material that makes Andy Fickman's comedy a perfectly tolerable, if...
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38

USA Today

By Scott Bowles
The movie spends too much time wedging the couple into a May-December moment, where Crystal cracks nostalgic about the good old days. It's...
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25

New York Post

By Sara Stewart
Parental Guidance kicks off with a mean-spirited joke about an overweight woman and heads downhill from there.
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Good Family Movie

By GilbertNSummer
My husband took our family to see this movie on Christmas Day. Originally we decided to go and see this movie for some laughs and were not really counting on it to be much more than that. We were...

Parental guidance

By amsacb
Good family humor. Great chemistry between Bette Midler and Billy Crystal. The kids in the movie were great. it was nice clean humor and worth seeing....

PARENTAL GUIDANCE

By bargie
THE THEATER WAS PACKED TO THE RAFTERS. IT WAS A DELIGHT TO WATCH AFTER BEING SUBJECTED TO WHAT SEEMED LIKE HOURS OF SI-FI PREVIEWS ROARING AND GROWLING AWAY. THIS MOVIE IS ABOUT GENERATIONAL ...

Very Funny!

By nboggess01
I was worried that the only funny parts in this movie were going to be the ones they show in the previews, but those were just the beginning! The entire movie was hysterical! A couple of times my...

Family Movie

By rcrowe
A great movie to see with the family. Very funny and entertaining and great for taking kids. Need more movies like this for parents with pre teens and young teens....

One of Crystal's best!

By jrobins
This is a must see for the whole family and best of all it can be seen by the whole family. Something that doesn't happen that often anymore. If you ever had children or grandchildren or plan to,...

Very good movie!

By traciannelise
I took my 10 year old daughter to see this and we both enjoyed this movie very much! It made us laugh and cry and was a very good family movie! Would recommend very highly!...

Great family flick!

By aboothe22
We took our 4 children to see this film on Christmas day. It was a hit with all (14, 12, 10, and 4). The four year old might have gotten a little squirmy, but that's just him and doesn't reflect on...

Parental Guidance

By maxine229
Thoroughly enjoyed this movie. As with many movies it has a fairly predictable ending but the laughs along the way are wonderful. Bette Midler and Billy Crystal are wonderful together. Actually,...

Classic Billy Crystal

By clay_johnny
Billy Crystal and cast are fantastic in this movie. Its nice to be able to take my 13 y.o and my 20 y.o to a movie that we both can laugh at, and I didn't have to worry about the language. Get a...

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Rated PG | For Some rude humor
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 9+ Predictable family comedy isn't deserving of its stars.
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