Parental Guidence in cinemas Boxing Day. Comedy legends Billy Crystal and Bette Midler play Artie and Diane Decker, who are called in by their daughter (Marisa Tomei) to help care for their three grandkids. When their old-school parenting methods collide with their daughter’s new-school ways, the once-orderly household spins out of control.
I have to be honest. I was rather sitting on the fence after watching the first trailer. Some contrived humor, groaner obligatory assault on the male genitals, and a fair amount of mugging. Now that you’ve shown us the second trailer, I think this movie is going to be a non-stop laughfest, filled with good humor, multi layers, and lots of fun. I was looking forward to a second trailer to see what direction the movie was going, and I’m very pleased that my initial apprehension was met with laugh out loud enthusiasm. It seems to be very wittily scripted, with great acting all the way around. Billy’s deadpan sensibility, joined with Bette’s comic delivery and timing should make this a holiday treat (and not the coal in the stocking that some critics have already assessed after viewing the first trailer). This could be the surprise hit of the holiday season–I’ll be shelling out my bucks to help it along! Thanks, as always, for sharing..
(by the way, I can foresee sequels for this one, ala “Meet the (Grand) Parents”, and I stand by my previous assessment that Crystal and Midler are a match made in heaven–people are going to wonder why it took so long for them to make a film together).