Now that the Meet the Parents franchise has played itself out (courtesy of the abysmal Little Fockers) Hollywood has to turn to another “edgy” family-geared comedy for the holiday season. Meet Bette Midler and Billy Crystal as Diane and Artie in Andy Fickman’s Parental Guidance, a feature pitting sensitive new-school parenting techniques against the suck-it-up-and-deal methods used by our grandparents. Hilarity ensues.

A second trailer has been posted to MSN Movies. He have it for you below:

First, the good: Crystal and Midler will likely be a fantastic team. She’s got razor-sharp comedic timing (always has), and he’s best when teamed with a brilliant set-up artist, from Robert De Niro to Robin Williams. Watching the two of them school a bunch of bratty kids for two hours might make Parental Guidance tolerable.

The rest of it looks so tame, though. Multiple jokes about Crystal being vandalized by his distant grandkids. Chaos set to holiday music. A Tony Hawk cameo (with Crystal dressing up like Poochie from The Simpsons). Kind of cringeworthy. Fickman’s directing credits also give us pause. He helmed multiple comedies with The Rock during that phase the actor would rather forget, including The Game Plan and Race to Witch Mountain. And while he has Marisa Tomei and Tom Everett Scott at his disposal in Parental Guidance, they seem to be relegated to minor roles, moved out of the way so Crystal can chew scenery.

What do you think? Will Parental Guidance get your attention during the busy holiday season? It opens everywhere on December 25th. Merry Christmas.

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