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    Billy Crystal holds on to grandson Kyle Harrison Breitkapf, who doesn't like the idea of his mom (Marisa Tomei) and dad (Tom Everett Scott) going away on vacation in "Parental Guidance."

  • Sam Emerson

    Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand in "The Guilt Trip."

Family Watch: Lots of family push-and-pull, but OK for kids

Published: Friday, Dec. 28, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 17TICKET

Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers.


Rating: PG for some rude humor

What it's about: When their kids leave their kids with Granny and Grandpa, child-rearing turns old school, thanks to Bette Midler and Billy Crystal.

The kid-attractor factor: Kids behaving badly, toilet jokes, Bette and Billy.

Good lessons/bad lessons: "There's no such thing as 'the perfect parent.' "

Violence: Off-camera fisticuffs, bullying.

Language: Quite tame.

Sex: A little flirtation, a few crude trips to the toilet.

Drugs: Wine is consumed.

Parents' advisory: The family-friendliest of the holiday season comedies, suitable for all ages.


Rating: PG-13 for language and some risqué material

What it's about: A hapless son takes his micro-managing mom along on a cross-country sales trip to meet ex-flames – his, and hers.

The kid-attractor factor: Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand in a tiny red rental car, griping all the way.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Mother knows best, especially when it comes to traveling on a budget.

Violence: A punch is thrown.

Language: A teensy bit of cursing.

Sex:Discussed, and a strip club is visited.

Drugs: Alcohol is consumed.

Parents' advisory: Quite mild-mannered for a PG-13 movie, suitable for 10 and up.

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