2012’s “Parental Guidance” is a fun family movie if you’re still at a single digit age and looking for something other than cartoons to watch.
Alice and Phil Simmons are strict as can be parents who need someone to watch their kids while they are away for a vacation. Rarely in contact, they call Alice’s parents, Artie (Billy Crystal) and Diane (Bette Midler). Fearful of what may happen when her “crazy” parents are left alone with her kids, Alice stays home the first two days of her vacation to keep an eye on things. She eventually leaves to meet up with her husband, trusting her parents to watch over the kids. Nothing to worry about there…
I’m gonna dish it out straight here and start by saying the movie was overall a disappointment for me. It wasn’t as funny as I had hoped it would be, or even close to what I’d expected. It had an ideal plot with a great cast, but the finished product was a bummer.
There are plenty of good things about this movie though. Firstly, it is family friendly. It might not be the most entertaining family movie you’ve laid your eyes on, but it is something to get the family together. I think that this film would be most appealing to those kids who are branching out in their movie and television tastes. At that point in their life they haven’t seen enough movies to truly critique and judge it, therefor it could come off as an interesting flick to them.
The cast truly was impressive. I think Billy Crystal really is a funny guy with more potential than he is given credit for, and he’s certainly a good actor who can work well with kids. Bailee Madison, who plays Harper (the oldest of the children), has a bright future ahead of her. I’ve seen her in plenty of shows or movies, and I’m not sure I can think of a time that her character didn’t cry. This truly is her best talent, because when she cries, we want to cry. I can’t imagine how many things she has probably been able to talk her parents into with some tears. It’s a gift.
The film wasn’t complete garbage, because what it lacked in “funny” it made up for in emotion. There was plenty of family drama and emotion in the film that was portrayed oh so well! This is what I call a “feel good” movie. It whips you around a few times with the drama, but it has a happy ending. The only issue I see, is that kids aren’t looking for emotion or drama in their movies, they want something that will make them laugh.
Total Abstract Rating: 80% It’s really up to you guys on this one. You’ve heard what I have to say.
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