Best Blu-ray Deals

Best Blu-ray Deals, See All the Deals »
Top deals | Price drops  
 All countries United States United Kingdom Canada Germany France Spain Italy Japan
RoboCop (Blu-ray)
$5.00
Ender's Game (Blu-ray)
$13.00
Gravity 3D (Blu-ray)
$19.99
Gravity (Blu-ray)
$12.99
Mallrats (Blu-ray)
$9.96
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Blu-ray)
$12.99
8-Film Action Collection (Blu-ray)
$7.99
Gremlins (Blu-ray)
$4.99
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Blu-ray)
$5.99
Smokey and the Bandit (Blu-ray)
$9.96
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Blu-ray)
$10.99
The Goonies (Blu-ray)
$4.99
Reality Bites (Blu-ray)
$9.96
Weird Science (Blu-ray)
$6.96
Robin Hood (Blu-ray)
$14.99
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Blu-ray)
$17.99
Rambo 1-3 Box Set (Blu-ray)
$14.96
Despicable Me 2 3D (Blu-ray)
$19.99
Black Nativity (Blu-ray)
$19.99


Releases


 Release calendar
 New releases
 Coming soon
 New covers
 Recently listed

Reviews


 New reviews
 New user reviews

Top lists


 Best movies (all time)

Best movies by year


 2014
 2013
 2012
 2011
 2010
 2009
 2008
 2007
 2006
 2005
 2004
 2003
 2002
 2001
 2000
 1999
 1998
 1997
 1996
 1995
 1994
 1993
 1992
 1991
 1990
 1989
 1988
 1987
 1986
 1985
 1984
 1983
 1982
 1981
 1980
 1979
 1978
 1977
 1976
 1975
 1974
 1973
 1972
 1971
 1970
 1969
 1968
 1967
 1966
 1965

Search


 Search movies


Parental Guidance


2012 | 104 min | PG | 1.85:1

Parental Guidance

Rating


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
6.1
/10
32
ratings.


User reviews


No user reviews yet, post one

Movie appeal

 
Comedy100%

7
fans

395
Blu-ray
collections
18
DVD
collections

Theatrical release date


 25 December, 2012
 26 December, 2012

Country of origin


 United States

Box office


 $77,267,296
 $119,772,232

Links


                 

Overview Preview Cast & crew User reviews News Forum

Screenshots from Parental Guidance Blu-ray

Parental Guidance Preview  

1
 / 10
Preview by Brian Orndorf, December 24, 2012

Billy Crystal hasn’t starred in a major motion picture since 2002, where he burned off considerable audience goodwill with the abysmal sequel, “Analyze That.” There was a bit part in the “Tooth Fairy” with Dwayne Johnson, but let’s not dogpile on the guy. Considering he’s been away from screen comedy for an eternity in Hollywood years, perhaps Crystal could’ve taken just a little more care with his return to the multiplex. Instead, he’s sprinted back to mind-numbing nonsense with “Parental Guidance,” an ugly, honestly baffling family comedy that repeatedly turns to the toxicity of bodily fluid humor to bang its comedic gong. I’d write that this is the worst production Crystal has been involved with this year, but we all saw the Oscars.



After losing his job announcing for a minor league baseball team, Artie (Billy Crystal) is horrified to learn that wife Diane (Bette Midler) has agreed to help watch their grandkids while daughter Alice (Marisa Tomei) spends a week celebrating husband Phil’s (Tom Everett Scott) latest invention: a computer home security/nanny system (voiced by Helen Mirren). With grandkids Harper (Bailee Madison), Turner (Joshua Rush), and little Barker (Kyle Harrison Breitkopf) practically strangers, Artie is worried about keeping up with their demands, while Alice is careful to explain and impart her helicopter parenting philosophy to the old school ‘rents. Frustrated with the 21st century way of raising children, Artie and Diane hope to employ their knowledge on the subject, with their permissive ways disturbing the tight, domineering routine of the household.

Director Andy Fickman is no stranger to the absence of a funny bone, having helmed the wretched “You Again” in 2010. “Parental Guidance” picks up where that feature left off, continuing the filmmaker’s mission to take a perfectly reasonable premise and transform it into a tuneless sitcom with wilted jokes, shamelessly broad performances, and a flaccid message of household unity. “Parental Guidance” is aimed toward a younger demographic, with Crystal in the Uncle Buck role as Artie, trying to use his supervisory instincts from the 1970s on kids who’ve been raised by a disembodied robot voice, taught to “use their words” while ingesting healthy foods, and partaking in artistically enriching hobbies. The conflict is basic, only requiring five passable scenes of confusion capable of pulling out a few laughs, watching Artie and Diane lose their patience with the structured, indulgent atmosphere of child rearing and its overreliance on screen-based distractions. The screenplay by Lisa Addario and Joe Syracuse doesn’t offer a single moment of interesting anxiety, and there’s not a chuckle to be found in the entire effort.



What passes for humor here? Well, there’s a scene where Artie, disgusted to be attending a little league game where all the kids swing until they hit and every contest ends in a tie, harasses one player who’s clearly struck out. The kid wallops Artie in the groin with a baseball bat and the grandfather responds by vomiting all over his assailant. Another moment finds Artie desperately trying to score an announcing gig with ESPN during their coverage of the X Games, forced to bring Barker along during a test run. The child, wandering away due to bathroom need, promptly urinates on a halfpipe, causing Tony Hawk to wipeout on the yellow liquid. There’s also a sequence where Artie is coerced into singing a friendly song about defecating to help Barker move his bowels in a rancid public restroom. And the film ends with a brief nosepicking sight gag. I’m honestly surprised the production didn’t make room for a semen joke. Perhaps Fickman is saving it for his next gig.

Plasticized sentiment doesn’t take long to creep into view, accompanied by hackneyed piano twinkling to hammer home the importance of the moment. It’s all so terribly false and barely considered, with the same troubled parenting and pre-teen rebellion beats found on any ABC Family program. The only difference here is a baseball theme, extended to Artie’s efforts to cure Turner of his stutter by teaching him the same announcing skills he shared with Alice, thus bridging the generation gap. And the very essence of the screenplay, where child rearing styles duke it out for supremacy, is over before it even begins, with Artie and Diane’s questionable methods of supervision immediately identified as the victor for reasons unknown, celebrated with a game of Kick the Can (Mumblety-peg would’ve been funnier) intended to loosen up these tightly-wound tykes. In “Parental Guidance,” neglect, overstimulation, and threat of physical harm are celebrated. Patience and communication are for jerks.



“Parental Guidance” is a terrible, borderline irresponsible movie masquerading as an endearing four-quadrant feature out to melt hearts and trigger laughs over the holiday season. It’s manufactured, not created with care, and it doesn’t offer a single honest emotion during its run time. It’s pure junk.

Starring: Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei, Bailee Madison, Tom Everett Scott, Gedde Watanabe
Director: Andy Fickman

» See full cast & crew




Have you seen this movie?



Rate and write your own review

 


Get Daily Blu-ray Deals



* We do not share your email and you may opt out at any time.



Top Blu-ray Deals

 


The best Blu-ray deals online. Don't miss out on these great deals.

See Today's Deals »


 Top movies


Latest Deals United States



The latest deals on Blu-ray movies
at Amazon.

Show new deals »


Trending Blu-ray Movies
1. Mallrats
2. Scanners
3. Frozen
4. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
5. Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: V...
6. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
7. Ride Along
8. Gravity 3D
9. Double Indemnity
10. Ender's Game
11. Touch of Evil
12. The Big Chill
13. RoboCop
14. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
15. The Jungle Book

Trending in Theaters
1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
2. The Raid 2
3. Oculus
4. RoboCop
5. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
6. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
7. Noah
8. The Grand Budapest Hotel
9. Frozen
10. The LEGO Movie
11. Draft Day
12. Rio 2
13. Under the Skin
14. Thor: The Dark World
15. The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Top 10 Sellers United States
1.  Frozen
2.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
3.  The Pirate Fairy
4.  Gravity
5.  Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
6.  RoboCop
7.  Gravity 3D
8.  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
9.  Ender's Game
10.  Rocky: Heavyweight Collection
  » See more top sellers


Top 10 Pre-orders United States
1.  The Lego Movie
2.  Space Battleship Yamato: Movie
3.  Lone Survivor
4.  The Lego Movie
5.  The Walking Dead: The Complete Four...
6.  Noah
7.  The Monuments Men
8.  RoboCop
9.  Veronica Mars: The Movie
10.  Pompeii 3D
  » See more pre-orders


Top 10 Bargains United States
1.  Frozen
$19.96, Save 56%
2.  The Pirate Fairy
$19.96, Save 46%
3.  Gravity
$12.99, Save 64%
4.  Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
$12.99, Save 68%
5.  RoboCop
$5.00, Save 75%
6.  Gravity 3D
$19.99, Save 56%
7.  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
$17.99, Save 55%
8.  Ender's Game
$13.00, Save 67%
9.  Despicable Me 2
$14.99, Save 50%
10.  The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
$19.99, Save 50%
  » See more deals



Most Popular Blu-ray Movie Deals


RoboCop

 United States


$19.99 $5.00





Ender's Game

 United States


$39.99 $13.00





Gravity 3D

 United States


$44.95 $19.99





Best Blu-ray Movie Deals »



This web site is not affiliated with the Blu-ray Disc Association.
All trademarks are the property of the respective trademark owners.
© 2002-2014 Blu-ray.com. All rights reserved.
Registration problems | Business/Advertising Inquiries | Privacy Policy | Legal Notices