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Parental Guidance Blu-ray + DVD Combo Review

Parental Guidance Blu-ray + DVD Combo ReviewTitle: Parental Guidance [Blu-ray]

Billy Crystal, Bette Midler and Marisa Tomei prove that laughter is relative in this hilarious comedy that’s fun for the whole family!

Old-school grandparents Artie (Crystal) and Diane (Midler) get more than they bargained for when they get stuck babysitting their type-A daughter’s (Tomei) overprotected kids. But things go from hectic to hysterical when Artie realizes the kids are running the house with their newfangled technology. By playing by his own rules, which include sugary snacks, old fashioned games and tough love, Artie manages to outsmart the kids and achieve the impossible- bring the family closer together!

Special Features:

Parental Guidance Blu-ray Special Features

● Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Director Andy Fickman

● Audio Commentary with Director Andy Fickman and 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

My Review:

When Alice and Phil decide to go away together just the two of them, they run into an issue many parents have: who will watch the kids? They would normally ask Phil’s parents, but they are away so they decide to ask Alice’s parents as a last resort. Artie and Diane are the “other grandparents”. I laughed because I could totally relate! Artie and Diane (played by Billy Crystal and Bette Midler) fly out to watch the kids and that’s when all hell breaks loose! 

I found Parental Guidance to be a funny yet predictable movie. Billy Crystal was hilarious as Artie! I laughed when he told the kids to not call him “Grandpa” but instead call him by just his name: Artie. Barker, the youngest boy, instead calls him “Fartie”. There’s a few instances of bathroom humour sprinkled throughout which I do find funny.  I laughed out loud at the scene in the public restroom where Artie is singing the “DooDoo song”. Bridget was watching the movie with me and we both cracked up at that part.

I also enjoyed the bond growing between the grandparents and the kids as well as between Alice (the daughter, played by Marisa Tomei) and her mom and dad. Really I didn’t find Artie and Diane that strange. I was expecting them to be more like the Fockers in Meet the Parents

One complaint that I did have is that I found one of the kids really annoying! The youngest son, Barker, grated on my nerves. I didn’t find the scenes with him that funny besides the first one where he dubs Grandpa, “Fartie”. 

Overall, Parental Guidance is an enjoyable and funny family film. It made me laugh and touched my heart. Also, my daughter thought it was hilarious so that’s a winning combination for us!

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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