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December 25th 2012
  • Comedy,
  • PG,
  • 104 min,
  • 20th Century Fox
  • Cast: Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei, Bailee Madison, Tom Everett Scott, Rhoda Griffis, Dwayne Boyd, Madison Lintz, Gedde Watanabe, Karan Kendrick, Patricia French, Brad James, Joshua Rush, Matthew Warzel, Joe Knezevich, Jody Thompson, Kyle Harrison Breitkopf, Erik Thirsk, Ron Clinton Smith, Mavrick Moreno, Miller Carbon, Joel Rogers, Hunter Weeks, Jan Harrelson, Cabrenna H Burks, Peter Luis Zimmerman, Cade Jones, Jade Nicolette
  • Director: Andy Fickman
  • Writers: Joe Syracuse, Lisa Addario, Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel
  • Producers: Peter Chernin, Billy Crystal, Samantha Sprecher
  • Executive Producer: Keven Halloran
  • Art Direction: John R. Jensen
  • Casting: Marcia Ross
  • Costume Design: Genevieve Tyrell
  • D.O.P.: Dean Semler
  • Editor: Kent Beyda
  • Makeup: Tracy Ewell
  • Music: Marc Shaiman
  • Production Design: David J. Bomba
  • Set Decoration: Patrick Cassidy


Billy Crystal will play a grandfather forced to take care of his three grandchildren by the 21st century rules of his daughter, their mother, who has gone on a weeklong work vacation. In the process, he is confronted with what seems to him an absurd world of negotiating with kids, Little League games where everyone gets a hit, tailored meals and "feelings." Ultimately, he reverts to an old-school-justice style of discipline.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: Atlanta, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Some rude humor
  • Production Companies: Chernin Entertainment, Walkden Media
  • Production Schedule: September 2011 - 9 December 2011

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2012 Guide Analysis: "Originally called "Us and Them", the draw here is the teaming of Crystal and Midler for a gentle family comedy about the generational gap between the parenting styles of grandparents and their children.

"City Slickers" scribes Lowell Gantz and Babaloo Mandel pen the story of a baseball broadcaster and his estranged wife who have been tasked with caring for their three very 21st century grandchildren as they slowly try to repair their relationship with their daughter.

Andy Fickman ("You Again," "She's The Man") helms the Atlanta-shot film which sounds highly predictable, but this kind of fare usually performs decently despite what the critics say."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 25 December 2012: New Zealand, Puerto Rico
  • 26 December 2012: Australia, Ireland, UK
  • 28 December 2012: Colombia, Mexico
  • 3 January 2013: Dominican Republic, Singapore, Venezuela
  • 4 January 2013: Bulgaria, Ecuador, Estonia, Lithuania
  • 10 January 2013: Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Peru
  • 11 January 2013: Brazil, Uruguay
  • 17 January 2013: Chile, Russia
  • 18 January 2013: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama
  • 24 January 2013: Argentina
  • 25 January 2013: Poland
  • 31 January 2013: Bolivia
  • 1 February 2013: Sweden
  • 7 February 2013: Germany
  • 28 February 2013: Netherlands, Portugal
  • 13 March 2013: Belgium, France
  • 4 April 2013: Denmark