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Reviews Are Mixed for 'Parental Guidance'

By January 7, 2013

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Like many others, my first priority in post-Christmas movie viewing was Les Miserables, but additionally I was looking forward to seeing Parental Guidance, also released on Christmas Day. The Billy Crystal / Bette Midler vehicle aims for a multi-generational audience with the tagline, "Here come the grandparents. There go the rules."

Although I was dubious about the marketing team that decided to release a family comedy simultaneously with one of the most anticipated movies of the year, I still planned to see Parental Guidance. How often does a movie's tagline use the word "grandparents"? And Crystal has solid grandparenting credentials, having written two children's books about his experiences: I Already Know I Love You and Grandpa's Little One. The critics have been decidedly lukewarm about Crystal's performance and the movie in general. Still, the box office has been good. In fact, the film has done "surprisingly well," according to Guide to Hollywood Movie Rebecca Murray, who credits the film's appeal to family audiences.

I have two questions for you. When deciding to see a movie, do you pay more attention to the opinions of movie critics or to the reactions of friends? Have you seen or do you plan to see Parental Guidance? If so, what's your recommendation?

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January 8, 2013 at 11:23 am
(1) Mrs. Tucker says:

I usually go by my gut after watching the trailor. My gut is rarely wrong ;)

January 8, 2013 at 3:13 pm
(2) Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs says:

I, like Mrs. Tucker, pretty much trust my gut on movies. Plus, a few reviewers whom I tend to agree with. I have few friends with whom our movie tastes are similar.

I’ve not yet seen Parental Guidance as there were many others higher on my list (The Impossible, Les Miz, etc). We might see it this coming weekend…unless we choose Zero Dark Thirty instead.

January 9, 2013 at 9:25 pm
(3) Grandma Kc says:

We rarely go out to the movies but instead wait for them on Netflix. Grampy has already voiced (loudly) that this will not be rented. And I think I am OK with that — the trailers just don’t do it for me.

January 11, 2013 at 8:00 am
(4) Judy@grandparentsplus2 says:

I trust my experience with the actors which sometimes is right on but other times not so much. I plan on renting this as soon as it is out at Redbox. I just know with Crystal and Midler I’ll have sufficient chuckles.

January 12, 2013 at 11:01 am
(5) Penny says:

We enjoyed the movie (not quite on the same level as City Slickers), seeing it in a sneak preview the week before Christmas. Many truisms from today’s and yesterday’s methods of child rearing, as well as grandparent competition, family dynamics. We laughed out loud.

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