Make no mistake, "Parental Guidance" is a dog of a movie that stretches a half-hour's worth of situation comedy into feature length. It's mawkish, trite and written at the level of an episode of "The Nanny."
"Don't Be Afraid of the Dark," the film's title instructs viewers. It needn't have bothered; there's nothing to be scared of here — or much to be entertained by either.
Guillermo del Toro may be the mastermind of "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark," in theaters this weekend, but he says his own scariest time is during broad daylight.