Artie Decker (Billy Crystal) is an old time baseball announcer for a minor league team, the Fresno Grizzlies. The last game ends, and Artie is fired because the team needs to attract the younger demographic. Artie does not tweet, has no Facebook friends, does not use Instagram…he is technology, and social media, ignorant.
His daughter, Alice, (miscast by age, Marisa Tomei) and her husband are planning to attend a conference and his parents are not available. They have to settle for the old fashioned Artie and his wife, Diane (Bette Midler) to watch the technology savvy, new generation, grand kids.
What happens is a charming family tale about new (and really stupid) parenting techniques versus old fashioned parenting where discipline is enforced and sports teams actually do lose or win.
“Parental Guidance” is an interesting mix of baseball (Crystal is an avid Yankee fan), the effects of aging in this new world, and changing parenting techniques. We loved it. It is both funny and insightful. No f-words, in fact, no cussing at all. It is fine for kids, but, this is not a kids movie, nor is it a movie for teens or those under 40 (or maybe 50). Us old folks would love it.
Oh, if you love baseball or the SF Giants (like I do) you will enjoy this movie and you will feel sorry for Artie because we have Kruk and Kuip, and there ain’t no better.
Drive Safe! Never Forget.