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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