Old school grandfather Artie, who is accustomed to calling the shots, meets his match when he and his eager-to-please wife Diane agree to babysit their three grandkids when their type-A helicopter parents go away for work. But when 21st century problems collide with Artie and Diane’s old school methods of tough rules, lots of love and old-fashioned games, it’s learning to bend – and not holding your ground – that binds a family together.
This is a funny movie for the family for the holidays! Billy Crystal will have you in stitches as Artie, the grandfather, along with his wife Diane (Bette Midler).
After Artie loses his job as a minor league baseball announcer for the Grizzlies, he and Diane receive a call to babysit their three grandchildren while their daughter, Alice (Marisa Tomei), is scheduled to be out of town for a few days with her husband. Alice and her husband have a different way of raising the kids, which includes never using the word “no” in addition to only allowing healthy eating choices. Artie struggles with this when, for example, his grandson strikes out a kid in a baseball game but it is the kind of league that there is no competition, no outs, and everyone reaches base. Artie winds up in an argument with a kid who uses a baseball bat to hit Artie in the crotch. Although there are some moments of disrespect toward the grandfather, the kids change and warm up to him and a great relationship follows.
The film is funny with scenes like Artie’s boss in the beginning talking to him about modern technology and tweeting. Artie replies, “I’ll tweet or make whatever noise you want.” This movie will leave you feeling great and it features a nice ending. Artie makes a significant contribution to one grandson who stutters and it features the great baseball call of the Giants winning the pennant in 1951 when Bobby Thomson hit the “shot heard round the world.” The movie contains a few innuendos and moments of disrespect toward adults but again, this is reconciled by film’s end. Everyone is changed for the better by the time the credits roll. We are recommending the movie for ages twelve plus and encourage parents to consult the content listing to make informed decisions. In other words, we recommend “parental guidance” for “Parental Guidance”. It is rated PG to boot. Laugh your way through this one soon.