Parental Guidance

Sometimes you just need to unwind and watch something on the sillier side of life. Parental Guidance is exactly that sort of movie.

It follows a formula we’ve all seen in the movies (and in real life for that matter)–two generations with radically different and conflicting styles of parenting–but it does it surprisingly well. I actually laughed out loud at a few points which isn’t terribly common for me. There are more than a few cringe worthy moments in the movie, along with a few moments that push well past a reasonable suspension of disbelief. Overall though, it’s a nicely done look at how everyone has their own style of parenting–virtually all of which can work in some cases and go entirely sideways in others.

Really, I only have one gripe with the movie–the father. I’ve already forgotten his name, which only makes sense because he’s so very forgettable. With such a cast of memorable quirks and personalities, it just feels strange that he’s so very forgettable. There’s really nothing to him, you could slot in just about any other father figure from this sort of movie and it would work just as well. So it goes, I guess.

On a last side note: I find it highly amusing that this movie is rated PG. I wonder if that’s just how it worked out or if they specifically tried to get that rating?

In any case, it’s a funny enough movie, but I still have to put it belong Django Unchained. But if you just want a quick, fun pick-me-up, go for it.

Ranked: 2013 Movie Reviews

  1. Pacific Rim
  2. Frozen
  3. Iron Man 3
  4. The Croods
  5. Gravity
  6. Thor: The Dark World
  7. Star Trek Into Darkness
  8. Monsters University
  9. Elysium
  10. Ender's Game
  11. Man of Steel
  12. Django Unchained
  13. World War Z
  14. Despicable Me 2
  15. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  16. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  17. Parental Guidance
  18. Oblivion
  19. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
  20. Beautiful Creatures
  21. R.I.P.D.
  22. Jurassic Park (3D!)
  23. The Wolverine
  24. Oz the Great and Powerful
  25. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
  26. Jack the Giant Slayer
  27. Warm Bodies
  28. Don Jon
  29. Turbo
  30. G.I. Joe: Retaliation
  31. Pain & Gain