Friday, December 21, 2012

Parental Guidance Review - Zero Stars

“Parental Guidance” marks the low point of Billy Crystal’s career. It makes me sad to see one of the great comics of the 80’s and 90’s demean himself in this stale, unfunny family comedy.  Crystal along with Bette Midler — who comes off not quite as bad as Billy — play grandparents to three modern children raised by their daughter Marisa Tomei.  The stale plot goes like this:  grandparents take over, kids misbehave, comedy ensues, the filmmakers hope, from poop and pee jokes, a cake in the face, and a lot of goofs followed by many Lucy like “waah” apologies.  “Parental Guidance” feels like the kind of “comedy” studios ground out in the 1950’s.    The phrase “Jump the Shark” fits Billy Crystal, who joins fellow burnouts Eddie Murphy and Robin Williams in need of something different.  Does it deliver what it promises?  No.  Is it entertaining?  No. Is it worth the price of admission?  Save your money.