Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Andy Fickman|
|Music by||Marc Shaiman|
|Edited by||Kent Beyda|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Box office||$119.8 million|
Parental Guidance is a 2012 American family comedy film starring Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei, and Tom Everett Scott and directed by Andy Fickman. It was released on December 25, 2012. It was the final 20th Century Fox film to be financed by Dune Entertainment as part of a deal with the studio; shortly after, the company merged with RatPac Entertainment and struck a financing deal with Warner Bros.
Artie Decker, a sports commentator for the minor league Fresno Grizzlies, is fired due to his old-fashioned personality and lack of social media savvy. 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, leave for an entrepreneur convention in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Problems arise as Artie and Diane’s 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 the kangaroo, Artie and Diane try to make them their new best friends.
Alice returns home early 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 even takes Turner to speech class, where he accidentally ends up upsetting Turner. To try and make him feel better, Artie and Turner watch the movie Saw. Artie also gives Turner and Barker cake. Meanwhile, Diane and Alice take Harper to the mall to buy her a dress. Harper practices her violin at a music studio, where her teacher forces her to practice more. Meanwhile, Artie gets hit in his crotch at Turner's baseball practice. Diane and Artie take the children to the symphony, where Barker runs around before getting caught by Artie, who later takes Barker to a skate park where his job interview is being held. Artie manages to place Barker's life in danger when Barker 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 violin recital, and it is revealed that Carl the kangaroo has “died”.
Alice eventually reconciles with Artie and Diane, and she allows Harper to withdraw from the recital. Turner later takes Harper’s place on stage and overcomes his stutter by reciting the commentary from the Shot Heard 'Round The World. Afterwards, Artie and Diane successfully reconnect with their grandchildren, and Artie takes up a new job as a commentator for an Atlanta Little League Baseball team alongside Turner.
- Billy Crystal as Artie Decker
- Bette Midler as Diane Decker
- Marisa Tomei as Alice Decker-Simmons
- Tom Everett Scott as Phil Simmons
- Bailee Madison as Harper Simmons
- Joshua Rush as Turner Simmons
- Kyle Harrison Breitkopf as Barker Simmons
- Gedde Watanabe as Mr. Cheng
- Rhoda Griffis as Dr. Schveer
- Jennifer Crystal Foley as Cassandra
- Tony Hawk as Himself
- Steve Levy as Himself
- Linda Cohn as Herself
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.
Rotten Tomatoes gives the film an approval rating of 17% based on 92 reviews with an average rating of 3.84/10. The website's critical consensus states: "Parental Guidance is sweet but milquetoast, an inoffensive trifle that's blandly predictable." Metacritic gives it a weighted average score of 36 out of 100, based on reviews from 20 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave it an average grade of "A–" on an A+ to F scale. On Cinema at the Cinema gave it five bags of popcorn.
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