Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,
I've decided to try switching MOVIE WEEKEND to Thursdays. It will give you more time to select a movie for the weekend, or to put a movie in your Netflix queue so you can get it by the next weekend.
Besides, Susie at loonysuse suggested that I add FRANKLIN FRIDAY to my schedule. Franklin loves writing posts, so I think I'll let him help me every week.
Well, all righty then. Today I present for your consideration Parental Guidance (2012, Rated PG, Available on DVD).
Highly organized, career driven, and strict with their children, Alice (Marisa Tomei) and Phil (Tom Everett Scott), need to go out of town for a few days, so they reluctantly ask Alice's parents – who have difficulty following their many rules – to stay with their three children. Artie (Billy Crystal) and Diane (Bette Midler) arrive and soon find themselves in trouble with their daughter and out of touch with their grandchildren.
My initial reaction to this movie was what a waste of talent. Marisa Tomei is a great actress, and this film isn't worthy of her abilities. Billy Crystal delivers his lines as if he's performing a stand up routine. How can these grandparents, who seem pretty lively, have such difficulty with the contemporary world?
But on the positive side, this is a movie you can watch with your children and/or grandchildren. I think kids from about ages 6 to 16 can enjoy Parental Guidance with you, and you won't have to put your hands over their ears or tell them to shut their eyes. It's a cute movie. Predictable, but cute. I think I laughed once while I was watching it. I don't remember.
But because you can watch Parental Guidance with kids and not freak out, I give it The Janie Junebug Seal of Approval.
Happy Movie Watching!
Infinities of love,