Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG Length: 104 minutes
Age Appropriate for: 8+. People drink, kiss, and comically fight, including the threat of a spanking; jokes about bodily functions and vomit are also consistent.
‘Parental Guidance’ is very clearly meant for grandparents and their grandchildren, a way for the two generations to connect during the holiday season. Much like last week’s ‘The Guilt Trip,’ the film means well, but can’t find a way to stand on its own apart from the family-oriented money grab.
By Roxana Hadadi
The holiday season can be guaranteed as the one time a year when, in theaters, family baiting is the worst. Oh look, a movie about mothers and sons! (“The Guilt Trip.”) Another that has little plot, but is visually enthralling for parents and children alike! (“Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away.”) And “Parental Guidance,” one of the final films of 2012, is of the same mold. Created quite obviously for old-fashioned grandparents and their technology-loving grandchildren as a way to bring them together, “Parental Guidance” has very little else going on. Go for the matinee, maybe. But don’t expect much.