Sunday, January 13, 2013

Parental Guidance (2012) Movie Review

This film stars an actor and an actress (who used to be a singer as well) whom I have not seen in the silver screen for a long time, Billy Crystal and Bette Midler.

Both of them stars as husband and wife named Artie and Diane. Artie is a long time veteran baseball announcer and dreamed of someday hitting it big by being an announcer for the Giants. Unfortunately for him, his streak ran out as he was fired from his job due to him not keeping up with the times and they wanted someone more hip and younger than him.

Artie and Diane have a daughter name Alice whom they had not seen in awhile. Alice and her husband Phil had 3 estranged kids Harper, Turner & Barker. Harper is the perfectionist who has to do everything perfectly, especially in her violin playing since she has an audition coming up which could bag her into a music school which guarantees a spot in a world renown orchestra. Turner has speech problems and can't go a sentence without stuttering and Barker is a young child who has an imaginary kangaroo friend which he's very attached till everyone around has to pretend along he exists.

Phil is a talented futuristic house designer and his creation is in the running of him winning an award with it. Due to this, Phil wanted Alice to come along with him for the award ceremony where they can take this opportunity to make it a trip getaway from the kids. Unfortunately, they couldn't find anyone to take care of the kids and as a last resort, decided to call up Artie and Diane to watch their kids for the week that they're gone.

Although Artie was griping on his loss of job, Diane delightedly accepted the task since she so wanted to get closer with her grandchildren.

Havoc soon followed when Artie and Diane looked after the kids which usually left Artie screwing things up. This makes Alice reluctant to leave the kids alone with her parents and kept delaying on taking the next flight to be by her husband's side. Along the way, Alice, Artie and Diane soon were reminded of the old times that were left so far behind in memories.

This is quite a short comedy movie which doesn't leave much of an impression that makes it memorable. I rate this movie 3 stars out of 5.


Merryn said...

I find it okay as it hits the nail in the head for 'new age parents' such as me..

Kelvin -KtheBlogger- Tan said...

LOL. Classic for target audience as you. :D

Unknown said...

It was quite humourous comparing all the movies in the cinema lately.. hahaha

Kelvin -KtheBlogger- Tan said...

It has it's amusing moments but I feel that the period that it's released in, there are loads of better movies out there that were released along with it.

Happy walker said...

so delicious neh~

Regards, (A Growing Teenager Diary) ..

Isaac Tan said...

a relaxing movie :D

Kelvin -KtheBlogger- Tan said...

@Mr Lonely

Kelvin -KtheBlogger- Tan said...

Yes it is. :)

Tony Teh said...

Completely garbage and an insult to movie goers!

Kelvin -KtheBlogger- Tan said...

LOL. Well, different people different taste. :)