Being a huge fan of Billy Crystal I was very excited to see he has a new movie out. While it was wonderful to see him again this wasn’t a movie I’d add to my DVD collection for repeated watching. On the plus side the storyline is relevant to today’s hurried and harried world and everyone can relate to that. Growing up old school and learning new school parenting methods in college made it interesting to see that tug-of-war magnified onscreen. Though the overall movie was lackluster it did include a couple of laughs and one or two heartstring pulls. The storyline dragged as did the acting which is sad considering the amazingly talented people in this film. To see them at their finest stay home and re-watch their old movies on DVD.
Took my son and his 5 friends (8-9 yr. olds) to this movie for his birthday, as it was the only one playing right after school. Hadn't heard anything about it, but we watched the trailer and thought it would be funny. It was more than we expected! Funny, sweet and heartwarming. The kids talked about it all night and want their parents to take them back to see it again. Not often you find a movie that both parents and kids really enjoy...this was truly a treat!! Grandparents will enjoy it too. Awesome movie, and an awesome 9th birthday!!!!!!!
To everyone who is a normal person on this planet and has a family: DEFINITY GO SEE THIS MOVIE!!! People who review movies are very opinionated and often write reviews with bias so you cannot accept this. Normal people who like to spend time at the movies with their family on Saturdays will LOVE this movie. I took my grandparents and my little brother to go see it an everyone was cracking up! Everyone I know loves the movie and the story line. So who's word you gonna take? Average citizens with family's like you or opinionated bias writers that just like to judge others. Sorry had to share my option. I was also very mad about the bratty kids comment. THEY WERE NOT BRATTU AT ALL! The one was just young and clueless. NONE OF THEM WERE BRATTY
Utterly humorless, unending bad jokes. Can't get back the money or time wasted on seeing this piece of dreck.
Wow, Michael. Did this movie hit a sore spot with you? Your over-the-top negative critique leads one to suspect that perhaps your parenting style is the one being mocked by "Parental Guidance." The film is light, fun family fare and one of the FEW holiday movies that kids and grandparents alike can enjoy together. Not every movie needs to be a cinema spectacular or dark, brooding social commentary. It's perfectly okay for audiences to simply want a bit of escapist entertainment that the entire family can enjoy. Next time, get yourself a big bag of extra buttery popcorn & an oversized box of overpriced candy. Perhaps that will put you in a better mood for reviewing a family film.
Okay, so this is not the most brilliant movie in the world and yes, there are cliches. But the theater was full, I laughed and cried and at the end the audience applauded. For those of us who shake out heads at the often ridiculous style parenting today--"use your words," "in baseball, there are no outs--you keep swinging until you hit the ball so there aren't any losers or winners" etc., it was hilarious. And the bathroom humor wasn't as bad as it reads in your review. Anyone who knows kids realizes how enthralled they can sometimes by by their own natural "movements!"