'Parental Guidance': 3 points for parents

By Shawn O'Neill

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, Dec. 24 2012 12:07 p.m. MST

Artie and Diane (Billy Crystal and Bette Midler) debate whether to accept their daughter's invitation to babysit their grandkids in "Parental Guidance."

Phil Caruso

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Language: It appears the filmmakers really wanted to make a family movie about a family and took the time to leave out the regular profanity found in most films. There is a little potty humor, but nothing crass.

Sensuality: Mom and Dad are seen together in the bedroom talking about being interested in each other. Dad is acting playful towards his wife on a video call but is cut short. There is no nudity in this film.

Family: The filmmakers succeeded in demonstrating that families are not perfect nor can parents always be perfect. In doing so, they created a great film for families to watch together since everyone will have something that touches them in some way.

Billy Crystal and Bette Midler do a fantastic job of playing off each other as the grandparents in this film. Families will be able to identify with many of the things that happen to this family. There are some very funny moments and some touching ones as well. The entire family should be able to see this film.

Shawn O'Neill is the Family Man Movie Reviewer.

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