Parental Guidance was just released to Blu-ray and DVD on March 26. The film stars Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei and Tom Everett Scott. While I loved seeing both Crystal and Midler again, I was disappointed that it was in such stereotypical roles.
Perhaps I’m just overly sensitive because the film portrays older parents, of which I am one, in a bumbling manner. Or that it pits new-age parenting with “old school” which is all about not being able to figure out technology and parenting without threats. The movie then moves on to blame the working mother –saying that is what caused the rift between the mother and daughter.
Still, there are some laughs to be had and Marisa Tomei plays a perfect helicopter mom of two kids. Scott plays the role of the long suffering husband of the woman who can’t let go of the kids to resume her role as wife.
My favorite scene in the movie was one between Midler and Crystal. They unite in the kitchen and sing together. That’s a moment that brought me joy in a film that mostly had me shaking my head. In the end the film is about family and if you can look past the easy laughs at grandparents’ expense, it’s a good family movie and one that can start the conversation about stereotypes.
This film is rated PG for mild thematic elements.
Parental Guidance Blu-ray Special Features
● Fun deleted Scenes along with optional commentary by the Director, Andy Fickman
● Audio commentary provided by the Director Andy Fickman and lead Billy Crystal
● Gag Reel
● FXM Productions Presents: In Character with Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei
Parental Guidance DVD Special Features
● Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Director Andy Fickman
● Audio Commentary with Director Andy Fickman and Billy Crystal
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I was given access to a digital streaming version for the purpose of my review