Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Fickman life-forms
We should have seen it coming. Parental Guidance director Andy Fickman's previous family farce was You Again, which this writer called "totally, inanely, numbingly awful.... From the evidence on screen, [Fickman's] directorial skills might serve to mount a mediocre high school play." Now this hack is back, gifting us with another DOA comedy.
Pity anyone who heads out on Christmas Day to take in Parental Guidance, billed as cheery comedy about the clash between old-school and contemporary child-rearing, with heartwarming lessons to be learned by three generations of one fractured family. Parents and children blessed with an iota of gray matter or taste will storm the ticket booth demanding refunds. The only people sitting still for this overlong ordeal will be those brainwashed by bad TV sitcoms into yukking on cue at lowbrow comedy and cardboard clowns.
Your cue is http://movies.msn.com/movies/movie-critic-reviews/parental-guidance.3/#Review_0