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Artie (Billy Crystal) holds on to his grandson Barker (Kyle Harrison Breitkopf), who doesn't like the idea of his mom Alice (Marisa Tomei) and dad Phil (Tom Everett Scott) leaving for a trip in “Parental Guidance.” (Phil Caruso/Twentieth Century Fox)
Artie (Billy Crystal) holds on to his grandson Barker (Kyle Harrison Breitkopf), who doesn't like the idea of his mom Alice (Marisa Tomei) and dad Phil (Tom Everett Scott) leaving for a trip in “Parental Guidance.” (Phil Caruso/Twentieth Century Fox)
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The schmaltz is piled on thick, and if the comedy were any broader it would require an Imax screen, but still there’s something touching about how hard Billy Crystal and Bette Midler hustle to peddle the threadbare material that makes “Parental Guidance” a perfectly tolerable, if uninspired, moviegoing experience. As “the other grandparents” who are given a golden opportunity to bond with their seldom-seen grandchildren, Billy and Bette work double-time, well aware that it’s not ...


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