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Still shot from the movie: Parental Guidance.

Parental Guidance

Desperate for a babysitter, Alice (Marisa Tomei) is forced to ask her parents for help. Her mother (Bette Midler) jumps at the chance to spend time with the grandkids, but her dad (Billy Crystal) has some serious hesitations. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B-
Violence: B+
Sexual Content: B
Language: A-
Drugs/Alcohol: B-
Run Time: 105
Theater Release: 24 Dec 2012
Video Release: 26 Mar 2013
MPAA Rating: PG
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Why Is Parental Guidance Rated PG?


Violence: A grandfather encourages his bullied grandson to stand up to his assailant—later the boy returns with a black eye and admits he threw the first punch. A man starts an argument at a kids’ baseball game. A child hits a man in the crotch with a bat. A man falls from a skateboard after slipping in a puddle of urine. A woman gets a nosebleed when she is accidentally bumped while playing her husband and grandkids. An imaginary friend is hit by a car and killed, and a funeral is held the next day. A food fight erupts after some children are left alone while eating an ice cream cake.

Sexual Content: A man makes mild sexual remarks during a pat down at airport security and when trying to unbuckling a car seat. Other veiled remarks are made about a married couple needing to have some intimate time together. A grandmother encourages her granddaughter to wear a sleeveless dress to increase her chances of winning a music competition. Women are seen exercising using dance poles—no sexual comments are made. Married couples kiss.

Language: A man named Artie is referred to as “Farite” by his grandkids. A woman tells her husband to “shut up.”

Drugs/Alcohol: A man says he needs a martini. A woman drinks a glass of wine while stressed. A character talks positively about getting drunk. Social drinking, including alcohol served at a bar, is depicted.

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