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Best For Tweens (10-12)
Rated PG
Age-By-Age Guide
Artie (Billy Crystal) and Diane (Bette Midler) baby-sit for their three grandkids and discover that the rules of parenting have changed dramatically since they raised their own kids.

Itís so much fun for tweens to see parents and grandparents disagree, especially when it results in them ending up on the receiving end of bribes like ice cream cake and cash! The family-friendly movie will probably appeal more to adults than kids but it's got enough funny moments that, during this holiday season, "Ha ha ha" just may replace "Ho ho ho!"
Baby (0-2)
No This movie is intended for older children.
Preschool (3-5)
No This movie is intended for older children.
Kids (6-9)
Maybe Younger children may find it upsetting that one of the kids is bullied because of his stutter--even more so when one of the people who makes fun of him is his own grandfather. Older kids will remember when they had an imaginary friend like the youngest boy--although they'll think it's funny that his is a kangaroo!
Tweens (10-12)
Yes Tweens will be fascinated by the "smart" house that greets its owners and initiates activities--and appliances--automatically. They'll find it hilarious that Artie sings a song in a public bathroom to encourage his young grandson to poop, and they'll enjoy seeing skateboard star Tony Hawk perform, only to be rudely (and crudely) interrupted by one of the boys. Kids will be reminded how much grandparents have to offer, and may make the effort to have a closer relationship with their own.
--Lois Alter Mark, the Flicks for Kids Expert
DVD Features
The combo pack comes with Blu-ray, DVD, and digital copies of the movie. The DVD includes some trailers for upcoming movies and DVDs. The Blu-ray features a gag reel, deleted scenes with optional commentary by the director, and an "In Character with Billy Crystal, Better Midler, and Marisa Tomei" segment.
Points For Parents
Movie Pluses

  • Celebrates family
  • Encourages the grandparent-grandchild bond
Movie Minuses

  • Potty humor
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Some mean-spiritedness