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Review: Parental Guidance tolerable if uninspired

December 25, 2012 • Entertainment


This undated publicity photo released by Twentieth Century Fox and Walden Media shows Billy Crystal, right, as Artie who reacts to his grandson, Kyle Harrison Breitkopf, center, Barker’s water-rifle shenanigans while Marisa Tomei, left, as the mother Alice and Bette Midler as the grandmother, Diane, look on in a scene from the film, “Parental Guidance.” (AP Photo/Twentieth Century Fox/Walden Media, Phil Caruso)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The schmaltz is piled on thick, and if the comedy were any broader it would require an Imax screen, but still there’s something touching about how hard Billy Crystal and Bette Midler hustle to peddle the threadbare material that makes “Parental Guidance” a perfectly tolerable, if uninspired, moviegoing experience.

As “the other grandparents” who are given a golden opportunity to bond with their seldom-seen grandchildren, Billy and Bette Login to read more

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