Thursday, January 10, 2013

Movie Review: Parental Guidance

SYNOPSIS: Parental Guidance, shows us the how old school and new school collide as Artie (Billy Crystal) and Diane (Bette Midler) agree to look after their 3 grandchildren so their parents can go out of town for work. Problems ensue when the their daughter (Marisa Tomei) just won't leave, only to make it clear that they are just too out of touch.

The film is a modern day account of what happens when we loose touch with family and refuse to get on board with technology.  When Alice (Marisa Tomei) an Phil (Tom Everett Scott) have to go out of town for work they quickly run out of options and have to resort to asking Alice's parents to look after their 3 kids. Alice has all but pushed her parents out of her life and they in return have not made much of an effort to be involved in her life.  They have missed a great deal of their grand kids lives.  So much so that Artie needs Diane to remind him of the kids names.

When it comes time for the parents to leave, Alice just can't let go. She refuses to believe her Parents can handle her new age form of discipline. After butting heads with their daughter and going toe to toe with their grandchildren they all finally start to understand what is truly important.

MY THOUGHTS: The movie does not disappoint.  There is no vulgarity which I appreciate because it is safe for younger audiences. As a mom of a 5 year old it is difficult to get out to the movies alone and there aren't always animated films premiering so I can appreciate a film my child and I can both watch.
There are plenty of laughs and even some moments that can make you hold back a tear.

I like to find a message in movies like this, what I took away from it was that the generation gap isn't always as big as we make it out to be.  We can all relate to older and younger generations all it takes is for us to want to.

Disclosure: No compensation was provided for this review.  This blog is a means to share my thoughts and opinions.


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