Bette Midler And Billy Crystal: Leading Lady And Leading Man Again In “Parental Guidance”

The Indian Express
Apr 01 2012

Billy Crystal, the 64-year-old actor and comedian, for the first time in a decade, is actually a leading man. He plays opposite Bette Midler, 66, as Artie Decker, a grandpa who takes charge of his daughter’s three children in Parental Guidance, set for release by 20th Century Fox.

Crystal’s new movie is the kind of heartwarming, wisecracking comedy that used to be written by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, the funny guys who turned out Parenthood back in 1989. The script, based on a story by Crystal, was rewritten by Ganz, who is 63, and Mandel, 62.

The mission, he explained, was to add a couple of antique elements–depth and stronger relationships among characters–that were hallmarks of their work on Crystal’s City Slickers and Mr Saturday Night.

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