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In Guilt Trip, Andie Brewster (Seth Rogen) plays the part of a milquetoast son, who takes his controlling mother, Joyce (Barbra Streisand) on a business road trip across the country. She refers to him as her "baby boy." The scene below shows one of the times he regrets that decision.
Note the Blues: the chairs, Joyce's shirt and jeans, and even the water bottle top, peeking out of Joyce's purse.
I connected to this movie as I too, have a son, who I refer to as my "baby boy," even though he is a full grown man with a wife and three grown children. I am not as overbearing as Joyce, but then, really, who is?
The film has a somewhat expected plot. However, there was one scene with a hitchhiker that did not make any sense and should have been cut.
The surprise ending had me tearing up, and tied up the storyline nicely.
Billy Crystal and Bette Midler play Artie and Diane Decker, who are asked by their daughter, Alice (Marisa Tomei) to help care for their three grandkids while she and her husband, Phil (Tom Everett Scott) go on a trip. The youngest child, Barker (Kyle Harrison Breitkopf) is quite spoiled and unwillingly to let his mother go, as pictured here.
Note the Blues: Artie's shirt and jeans, Barker's shirt and shoes, Alice's dress, and Phil's jacket and shirt.
Although I enjoyed both films, Parental Guidance was by far my favorite. Billy Crystal is at his best. I've always enjoyed Bette Middler, and she did not disappoint.
The believable plot, the laugh-out-loud comedy, the family drama all hit home for me. In addition, a bit of sports history is intertwined. A twist at the end brought tears of joy to my eyes.
No Oscars will be awarded; it's too clean for Hollywood. However, it gets my award for Close-to-Perfect.
One young actress, Bailee Madison, who plays the part of granddaughter, Harper Simmons, turns in a terrific performance. Watch for her in future films!
Please note that in this shot of Bailee, she's wearing Blue.
A caveat: when doing research for this post, I discovered that Bailee lives in South Florida. I was not previously aware of our possible connection (I lived in South Florida for more than forty years). and I do not know her.
Happy Blue Monday!