Is there a Twitter hall of fame? Bette Midler belongs on it.
In terms of jokes, like it’s again screen legends—Billy Crystal and Bette Midler—Parental Guidance isn’t new. Those occasional laughs aside, Crystal and Midler take the role of the old-school, say-no-to-kids-grandparents who in turn, try to parent like their daughter, Marisa Tomei. The film tackles the new era of parenting, where children’s lives are packed with so many extra-curricular activites, that they don’t have time to, well, be kids. It’s daunting, but an accurate satire of our modern culture. And it’s that motif that makes this film refreshingly warm, something not captured by the previews.
It turns out, that Parental Guidance is more than just old-school vs. new-school, it’s a cute holiday movie that has moments of embracing family, which is something rare today. Instead of trying to correct one method or parenting from the other, it says both are ultimately acceptable as long as family spends time together. And that’s really what matters: family time. Even if it’s just kicking a can of soup out in the back yard. (Spoiler Alert: they do!)
As a bonus, it’s nice to see Bette Midler and Billy Crystal return to the big screen; even if it’s a fuzzy movie about grandparents babysitting there new millennium grandkids. Wouldn’t you want the Divine Miss M as your fabulous grandmother? B+
Not a villain nor a princess, Georgette is Disney’s best DIVA! And played by a Divine Diva, Bette Midler. Such a gem of a character, and part of an underrated Disney classic, Oliver and Company.