Billy Crystal is a national treasure. It’s no wonder why the Academy defaults to him to host the show when they need him. He has a certain air of timeless class to him. Anyway, Parental Guidance is about grandparents (Billy Crystal and Bette Midler) that are asked to essentially babysit their daughter’s three kids for a week. This becomes a bit of an old-style parenting vs new-style of parenting duel, which is best shown at baseball game midway through the movie. The moral is really “let your kids be happy” as opposed to “let’s nurture the child prodigy.”
“PLEASE! I’LL CLEAN MY ROOM, JUST DON’T LEAVE ME!”
My parents are currently in town and when they are, I get to see them put their grandparent faces on for my nephew. Billy Crystal and Bette Midler do this to a T. They do the grandparent things perfectly, like feeding the kids sugar and letting them watch movies they’re too young for (case in point, my Dad hid a cap gun in a box of toys for my nephew this year. Innocent enough to look like it was accidentally included…until my Dad started to grin ear to ear).
“You lied! You said yogurt was just like ice cream…it’s NOT!”
After my first three sentences of this review, it’s unfortunate to include anything remotely negative about Billy Crystal…but there were a couple small inclusions of bathroom humor that really don’t need to be there. The movie just doesn’t need it.
Great movie for all ages. It’s nice to Billy Crystal back on the screen and he and Bette Midler are a mighty fine tag team. I like the parenting commentary in it as well. In particular, the opera scene words it brilliantly ands shows Artie’s true colors (figuratively and literally).
Unfortunately, these seem to be the only people that will hire him these days
Do a Shot: every time Artie makes a bad joke
Take a Drink: every time Barker does something bad
Do a Shot: every time Artie offers Barker money
(See a pattern here?)