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'Parental Guidance' tolerable if uninspired

5:09 PM, Dec. 26, 2012
Marisa Tomei, left, and Bette Midler can only watch in horror as young Kyle Harrison Breitkopf gives Billy Crystal a dose of water-rifle shenanigans in 'Parental Guidance.'
Marisa Tomei, left, and Bette Midler can only watch in horror as young Kyle Harrison Breitkopf gives Billy Crystal a dose of water-rifle shenanigans in 'Parental Guidance.'
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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 just the juvenile characters they have to entertain, but also the paying audiences who could count on both of ...

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