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Movie Review: Parental Guidance

Parental Guidance

I’ve just discovered the ‘must see’ movie of the holiday season and despite the play on words “Parental Guidance” is fun for the whole family. My wife and youngest two kids (12yo and 14yo) went to see Billy Crystal’s new movie on Wednesday night and we’re giving it more than two thumbs up. The kids pushed through the initial shock factor when we told them they were seeing the voice of Mike Wazowski (Monsters Inc) in real life and we all settled in to an enjoyable night.

The 64yo Crystal is joined by the ageless Bette Midler as the ‘other Grandparents’ who are called on to help their ‘successful’ daughter get a much needed break. These modern parents have kept each of their unique kids in line with a plan for success but have since become disconnected from the grandparents. Next we find a serendipity of events brings everybody together where some wisdom and age are able to bring the family together with some old fashioned common sense.

Now don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a justification for the ‘old ways’. The heart of this movie comes from Billy Crystal being able to put himself at the centre of the humour. The opening story shows Crystal’s character as a Baseball game announcer who loses his job. Just when our empathy level is reasonably reaching its peak we also see the thoughtlessness and selfish stupidity that also needs to be brought into check. The whole script is a brilliant vehicle for Billy Crystal and you would think you were attending a 100min long introduction to the Oscars he is so famous for hosting. Bette Midler keeps guiding Crystal and the rest of the family through the experience and thankfully we also got an opportunity to hear her sing as well as matching Billy Crystal’s comedic genius with a glint and a glare. The screenplay itself centres around the family’s patterns and schedules. It’s a sugar free environment that needs care and control, two factors that will be missing in order to stir up a recipe for bedlam. A classic piece involves Crystal trying to get out of his parental duties to audition as an announcer for the X-Games where Tony Hawk is in a cameo role skating a half-pipe and putting him at the centre of a recipe for disaster. The comedy and consequences are brilliant as the entire story comes together.

Marisa Tomei gave a superb performance as a Mum stressed to ‘burn-out’ with a heart of gold. Her husband Phil the electronics genius is played by Tom Everett Scott who brings the calming influence to the story apart from when his alter-ego ‘Nigel’ appears on the scene. The real joy though comes from the three grandchildren, Harper, Turner and Barker. Bailee Madison brings a long list of credits to the role of Harper a tense young 12yo violinist who needs to let go and live life but wants to please her Mum in pursuit of a music scholarship. Her younger brother Turner is the speech impaired 8yo played by Joshua Rush. The irony of this role for this young actor is that he has quite a number of acting credits particularly as a voice actor for animated performances but it’s in this role that he hits a ‘home run’ in the closing scenes. Cutie pie award however goes to Kyle Harrison Breitkopf who plays the precocious 5yo Barker. The red head is dynamite and lace on screen. Add to that his acting sidekick character of Carl the imaginary kangaroo friend and you’ve got quite a team. One of the best scenes of the movie involves Carl and Gedde Watanabe in the role of family friend and ‘Pan Asian’ restaurant owner Mr Cheng. The emotion and laughs from these few minutes is worth the movie ticket alone.

As we talked about Parental Guidance on the way home we all agreed this was a movie that had a laugh for everybody and a message for every age group. The grandparents learned to contribute their time and wisdom as well as to roll in the mud with the grandchildren. For the parents it was time to relax and let their Mum and Dad take the reins and the kids picked up a few pointers on life from the mistakes and lessons learned by their elders as well as the love and confidence a family can bring.

Parental Guidance needs no excuse for anyone in the family. Take the 6 year old, the teenagers, bring Mum and Dad to pay for popcorn and the grandparents to buy the ice-creams on the way home. 4 out of 5 popcorns.

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10 Romantic Comedy 2013 Movies to see (Trailer Collection)

Thanks to these Romantic Comedy 2013 Movies why wait for February 14th when you can have Valentines Day all through the year. Enjoy a laugh while they pull on the heart strings of cupid’s bow. Sadly this set of 2013 movies hasn’t released the same number of trailers as our other genre lists. We will update this post as we see them released. If we’ve missed one please add it in our comments.

Romantic Comedy 2013 Movies

 

Admission

Plot: A Princeton admissions officer who is up for a major promotion takes a professional risk after she meets a college-bound alternative school kid who just might be the son she gave up years ago in a secret adoption.
Cast: Paul Rudd, Michael Sheen, Tina Fey and Lily Tomlin

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The Big Wedding

Plot: A long-divorced couple fakes being married as their family unites for a wedding.
Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Robin Williams, Robin Williams, Topher Grace, Ben Barnes and Diane Keaton

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The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman

Plot: A guy falls for a woman who’s claimed by a violent crime boss.
Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Aubrey Plaza, Evan Rachel Wood and Mads Mikkelsen

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Married and Cheating

Plot: A romantic comedy centered on three different couples with one thing in common: infidelity. Their stories connect over a long weekend in New York and Paris.
Cast: Brendan Fraser, Eva Longoria, Sarah Jessica Parker and Veronica Ferres

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Bridget Jones’s Baby

Plot: The continuing adventures of British publishing executive Bridget Jones as she enters her 40s.
Cast: Colin Firth, Hugh Grant and Renée Zellweger

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Her

Plot: A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly-purchased operating system that’s designed to meet his every need.
Cast: Amy Adams, Olivia Wilde, Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix and Samantha Morton

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Are We Officially Dating?

Plot: Three Manhattan bachelors make a pact to have as much fun as possible while remaining single.
Cast: Zac Efron, Imogen Poots, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan

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Can a Song Save Your Life?

Plot: A dejected music business executive forms a bond with a young singer-songwriter new to Manhattan.
Cast: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, Mos Def, CeeLo Green, Hailee Steinfeld and Aya Cash

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The Spectacular Now

Plot: A high school senior who decides to woo a social outcast as an experiment slowly realizes he has the power to permanently impact someone’s life.
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kyle Chandler, Bob Odenkirk, Miles Teller and Brie Larson

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Wonderful Tonight

Plot: The film chronicles the relationship between a confirmed bachelor and a young woman, after their one-night stand leads to an unplanned pregnancy and a surprising love affair.
Cast: Amanda Seyfried and Patrick Dempsey

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10 Comedy 2013 Movies to see (Trailer Collection)

In our series of posts on 2013 Movies the Comedy genre is alive and still kicking. There are old favourites made new again, sequels to tried and true winners and some fresh ideas from maestros like Simon Pegg and Ben Stiller. See some of the examples we’ve collated for you.

Comedy 2013 Movies

Quartet

Plot: At a home for retired opera singers, the annual concert to celebrate Verdi’s birthday is disrupted by the arrival of Jean, an eternal diva and the former wife of one of the residents.
Cast: Michael Gambon, Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, Tom Courtenay, Sheridan Smith and Pauline Collins

 

Warm Bodies

Plot: After a zombie becomes involved with the girlfriend of one of his victims, their romance sets in motion a sequence of events that might transform the entire lifeless world.
Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Dave Franco and John Malkovich

 

Identity Thief

Plot: When a mild-mannered businessman learns his identity has been stolen, he hits the road in an attempt to foil the thief — a trip that puts him in the path of a deceptively harmless-looking woman.
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Amanda Peet, Jason Bateman, John Cho and Jon Favreau

 

The World’s End

Plot: Five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier unwittingly become humankind’s only hope for survival.
Cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman and Rosamund Pike

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In the meantime here is an interview with Simon Pegg and a few clips from the movie.

 

Stand Up Guys

Plot: A pair of aging con men try to get the old gang back together for one last hurrah before one of the guys takes his last assignment — to kill his comrade.
Cast: Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin and Julianna Margulies

 

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Plot: A timid magazine photo manager who lives life vicariously through daydreams embarks on a true-life adventure when a negative goes missing.
Cast: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Sean Penn, Shirley MacLaine, Adam Scott and Kathryn Hahn

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Gambit

Plot: An art curator decides to seek revenge on his abusive boss by conning him into buying a fake Monet, but his plan requires the help of an eccentric and unpredictable Texas rodeo queen.
Cast: Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz, Alan Rickman

 

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Plot: After breaking up with his longtime stage partner, a famous but jaded Vegas magician fights for relevance when a new, “hip” street magician appears on the scene.
Cast: Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi, James Gandolfini and Alan Arkin

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Grown Ups 2

Plot: A follow up to the 2010 comedy about a group of childhood friends who reunite years later.
Cast: Adam Sandler, Taylor Lautner, Steve Buscemi, Salma Hayek, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade and Steve Austin

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Last Vegas

Plot: Four best friends in their late-60’s decide to escape retirement and throw a Las Vegas bachelor party for the only one of them who has remained single.
Cast: Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Mary Steenburgen, Kevin Kline and Michael Douglas

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