Coloring Outside the Lines

Last night, Quintin and I went to see PARENTAL GUIDANCE, starring Billy Crystal, Bette Middler, Marisa Tormei and Tom Everett Scott.  The critics bashed the film, but I found it to be quite:

Hilarious.

Tender.

Real.

Thought-provoking.

Artie (Billy Crystal) and Diane (Bette Midler) Decker are slightly estranged from their only child, Alice (Marisa Tomei), who lives across the country with her family. But when Alice and her husband, Phil (Tom Everett Scott), need a babysitter in order to attend a business awards ceremony, they reluctantly turn to her parents. Desperate to see her grandchildren again, Diane convinces a melancholy Artie, who has just lost his job as a minor-league baseball announcer, to be the “A” grandparents for once. After they arrive, the Deckers quickly realize that middle-school music prodigy Harper (Bailee Madison), stuttering wallflower Turner (Joshua Rush), and rambunctious Barker (Kyle Harrison Breitkopf) could use a little of their grandparents’ more laid-back approach to parenting.

imagesOne scene at the restaurant offered one of my favorite moments.  Young Barker is coloring on the paper place mat and Grandpa comments that he should stay in the lines.  Barker’s mother interjects that she is encouraging her children to not focus on the lines.

I loved it!

I could never stay within the lines.  In the early years, the lines are there for guides; however, it seems that so many cannot move past the lines in so many areas of life.

PARENTAL GUIDANCE is a great movie!  At least it seemed great to me, my son, and 80+ others laughing heartily, and wiping away a few tears.  The movie shares some reminders that we need to heed.

About Wright Flyer Guy

Darin is a single adoptive father, a teacher, playwright, and musical theatre director from Kettering, Ohio.
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