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Parental Guidance

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OLD SCHOOL PARENTING Billy Crystal finds himself in a mess while babysitting his grandkids in Parental Guidance
Phil Caruso

Parental Guidance

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
Wide Release Date:
12/25/12
performer:
Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei
director:
Andy Fickman
distributor:
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
genre:
Comedy

We gave it a C

Billy Crystal (in his first live-action film since 2002’s Analyze That) and Bette Midler star as a couple asked to watch their daughter’s three children for a week — but the worrywart mom (Marisa Tomei) just won’t take off. ”She has a lot of trouble leaving because she doesn’t trust us,” says Crystal, who conceived the story (Lisa Addario and Joe Syracuse wrote the script) after a hectic five days babysitting his grandkids. It seems his old-school child-rearing drew constant critiques. ” ‘Don’t look at them this way. Feed them this. Don’t feed them that,’ ” the actor recalls being told. ”It’s just different than it was 30 years ago.” Family dynamics, though, never change.