Crys­tal’s fun guide to tak­ing care of your kids’ kids

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

Billy Crys­tal babysat for his grand­daugh­ters for five days and from the ex­pe­ri­ence, a movie was born. Crys­tal’s lat­est film, Parental Guid­ance, casts him along­side Bette Mi­dler and Marisa Tomei. Crys­tal says the movie is a fun, touch­ing and comedic take on ‘‘the phe­nom­e­non of be­ing able to take care of your kids’ kids’’. The film’s di­rec­tor, Andy Fick­man, says it was ‘‘a dream op­por­tu­nity as a di­rec­tor to work with two com­edy ge­niuses’’ in Crys­tal and Mi­dler. Fick­man says he was drawn to the story be­cause many peo­ple can re­late to the sub­ject mat­ter. ‘‘Ev­ery gen­er­a­tion thinks they know more than the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion,’’ he says. ‘‘We all like to talk about how we were raised.’’ Crys­tal starred in the hit films City Slick­ers and When Harry Met Sally and has hosted the Academy Awards nine times. He says he hasn’t been ap­proached to host the Academy Awards for a 10th time but he’d be up to the chal­lenge. ‘‘I’m al­ways will­ing to do it,’’ he says. Crys­tal, who turns 65 next year, is work­ing on a book to be part mem­oir, with jokes about age­ing.

is screen­ing now.

Marisa Tomei, Kyle Har­ri­son Bre­itkopf, Bette Mid­dler and Billy Crys­tal in

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