If you’re a fan of family oriented movies, then I have an excellent giveaway for you. Thanks to Walden Media and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, I’m giving away the PG-rated Parental Guidance Blu-ray. The film features three of my favorite actors: Billy Crystal, Bette Midler and Marisa Tomei. In this comedy, old-school grandparents Artie (Crystal) and Diane (Midler) get more than they bargained for when they have to babysit their type-A daughter’s (Tomei) overprotected kids. Parental Guidance is available now on Blu-ray and DVD.
Parental Guidance Synopsis
Billy Crystal, Bette Midler and Marisa Tomei prove that laughter is relative in this hilarious comedy that’s fun for the whole family. Old-school grandparents Artie (Crystal) and Diane (Midler) get more than they bargained for when they get stuck babysitting their type-A daughter’s (Tomei) overprotected kids. But things go from hectic to hysterical when Artie realizes the kids are running the house with their newfangled technology. By playing by his own rules, which include sugary snacks, old fashioned games and tough love, Artie manages to outsmart the kids and achieve the impossible — bring the family closer together.
I’m a fan of Billy Crystal. I loved him in Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and City Slicker. I also loved his character in Monster’s Inc. BTW, check out the Billy Crystal feature (below) 20th Century Fox sent me for posting.
A Retrospective on Billy Crystal
700 Sundays is an autobiographical stage play wherein Crystal commemorates the life of his late father who passed away when he was just 15 years old. The play is critically significant for having garnered the 2005 Tony Award for Special Theatrical Event.
Saturday Night Live
What we’ve come to know as “Saturday Night Live” was originally known as NBC Saturday Night and Crystal joined the regular cast of the parody show in 1984. In his most famous sketch, Crystal parodied then talk show host Fernando Lamas and his catchphrase: “You look marvelous!” Clearly NBC thought Crystal was “marvelous” because in 1982 the network offered him his own variety show.
The Academy Awards
Since the early 90’s Crystal has hosted the Academy Awards many times, his most recent appearance was in 2012. His Oscar hosting record is second only to Bob Hope’s and he has been lauded by peers such as Roger Ebert for being skilled at drawing laughs from the often straight-laced audience at the event. To many in Hollywood, this makes Billy Crystal golden.
When Harry Met Sally
In this film, Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) and Sally Albright (Meg Ryan) meet, complete a cross-country drive to New York City and eventually experience a series of chance encounters over the twelve years that follow their initial meeting. The film went on to become a pop culture gem for it’s ambitious attempt at answering the age-old question of whether men and women can ever just be friends. Crystal went on to receive a Golden Globe nomination for his part in the film.
When Arnie and Diane Decker (Billy Crystal and Bette Midler) are called on to travel to Atlanta, Georgia to babysit their grandchildren in their parents’ absence, they learn that their daughter Alice (Marisa Tomei) has been helicopter parenting and become alarmed. Subsequently the Deckers decide to make a consorted effort to prove to their grandchildren that they are not “just the other grandparents,” but what they end up doing is providing to their daughter and son-in-law a bit of parental guidance.
Billy Crystal is quite animated in the role of “Michael “Mike” Wazowski, the one-eyed green monster of Monsters, Inc. Mike is quite the little monster, with his enormous ego, but Crystal gave so much depth to the character that he was later featured in warmer films like: Finding Nemo, Cars, Wall-E, and Toy Story 3.
The Princess Bride
Miracle Max of The Princess Bride is a medicine man who’s been fired by Prince Humperdinck, whose father, the King, he faithfully served under for many years. Upset by the Prince’s slight, Miracle Max decides to help Inigo Montoya revive an “only mostly dead” Westley, the Prince’s romantic rival, after the Prince tortures him. Ultimately Miracle Max’s revival of Westley allows he and his ladylove, Buttercup, to live happily ever after.
Throw Momma From the Train
Two strangers on a train conspire to commit murders for each other in an attempt to rid themselves of the people they think are responsible for the ruinous state of their lives. Fortunately for them, their scheme fails to pane out and what could have easily wound up being a train wreck results in the development of a close friendship between the two men and the blossoming of their very successful writing careers.
Parental Guidance Blu-ray Giveaway
Thanks to Walden Media and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, a reader of my dad blog will win a Parental Guidance on Blu-ray. The winner will be randomly selected. The deadline to enter the giveaway is Wednesday, April 3th (Eastern time). The giveaway is limited to readers in the USA. If you don’t see an entry form below, please wait for the Rafflecopter giveaway form to load (or refresh the browser).
[Disclosure: I did not receive anything for hosting this contest. The giveaway prize will be provided by Walden Media and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, but they are not the administrators of the giveaway on my dad blog. I am not liable for the prize. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.]