Parental Guidance was the perfect choice for a Christmas Day movie. Of course I had to see it for work but since it was Christmas I took my husband and daughter to see it with me. My husband and I are going to be grandparents any day now so this was a super fitting movie.
As we sat watching this we could totally sympathize with Bette Midler and Billy Crystal’s characters and our daughter could somewhat sympathize with Marisa Tomei’s character. The movie really just boils down to old school parenting or the hip new age style. Both sides think they are right and the other is wrong but in the end they meet half way.
Through out the journey of finding common ground the laughs are plentiful and belly shakers. Billy Crystal brought his A game to this production. The three of us couldn’t find one thing that we didn’t like so really what I’m saying here is this movie will appeal to all ages.
Our theater was packed so I was able to see a bigger audience reaction than I normal. There were at least ten times I can think of that the whole crowd was laughing heartily. This comedy was leading up to an ending that was so well written and acted that I didn’t see it coming.
There is a particular scene towards the end of the movie that had the whole theater hushed. I sat there watching Joshua Rush (Turner) put on a performance that made tears fill my eyes. I look over and my daughter is crying, she is hormonal right now but when I saw my husband crying I knew this movie had just touched each and every individual in the theater.
Each and every actor in this movie, right down to the invisible kangaroo named Carl, did wonderfully. It was a pleasure to watch this movie on such a wonderful day. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all and to all a good night.