Old school grandfather Artie (Billy Crystal), who is accustomed to calling the shots, meets his match when he and his eager-to-please wife Diane (Bette Midler) agree to babysit their three grandkids when their type-A helicopter parents (Marisa Tomei, Tom Everett Scott) go away for work. But when 21st century problems collide with Artie and Diane's old-school methods of tough rules, lots of love and old-fashioned games, it's learning to bend--and not holding your ground--that binds a family together.
- Andy Fickman
- Lisa Addario, Joe Syracuse
- Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei, Tom Everett Scott, Bailee Madison
After a while it seems to run out of jokes, maybe to make room for all the crying and hug-it-out family redemption in the last half hour.Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, 12.25.2012
I can't deny I did feel fonder of my own family afterward, mostly because I know none of them would ever make me sit through Parental Guidance.Mary F. Pols, TIME Magazine, 12.25.2012
Deeply, willfully out of touch ...Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 12.25.2012
An extended "in my day" joke intended to convey the superiority of old people over a lot of supposedly contemporary behavior that doesn't actually exist in real life.Chris Packham, Village Voice, 12.27.2012