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Parental Guidance

A tepid comedy, filled with familiar comic set-ups, stitched together with nothing but contempt for the viewing audience

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It's a clash of parenting styles when the old-school grandparents (Billy Crystal, Bette Midler) step in for the modern helicopter parents (Marisa Tomei, Tom Everett Scott). Andy Fickman's tepid comedy is a pastiche of familiar (and now boring) comic set-ups, stitched together with nothing but contempt for the viewing audience. Any movie that opens by insulting women who aren't model-gorgeous and ends with the least-inspirational and most-unbelievable healing moment ever (kid recites the play-by-play from the Dodgers-Giants 1951 playoff game; tears flow) should simply be avoided. Also, Billy Crystal sings.

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