What do you do when you and your wife have to go out of town and you need a babysitter. You call the Grandparents. Artie and Diane Decker (Billy Crystal and Bette Midler) are there for their daughter. Alice and Phil Simmons (Marisa Tomei and Tom Everett Scott) are your typical yuppie parents with the house that is computerized. The children are being geared to be over achievers. Harper (Bailee Madison) is a young violinist who is a typical teenager. Turner (Joshua Rush) is your computer games aficionado who is being bullied because he stutters. Finally, Barker (Kyle Harrison Breitkopf) the young boy who always has to go to the bathroom and never stays still.
The generation gap in the beginning was huge. Artie is called fartie because that’s what he does when he gets up and down. He is the stereotypical grandfather who is set in his ways and does not want to budge. Diane is the grandmother who only wants to smother her grand-kids with kisses. Alice and Phil have read all the books on parenting and have it down to a science.
Here’s the problem their both wrong. That’s what makes this film so cool. When the worlds collide and each set of parents realize that nobody is really wrong. They simply forgot what it means to be a kid.
Director Andy Fickman does a wonderful job with this cast. The story is the same as it has been in other movies but this works and it makes you feel good that you took the time to realize that at any age you can still feel like a kid.