I happened to love Parental Guidance, for a couple of reasons.
- First, my family is probably smack in the middle of the target audience, with 2 young kids and parents with many classical “new school” demands (dual career, hectic, “normal” life). So in short, to say that we can relate is an understatement.
- Second, it bills itself as “It’s Old School vs New School,” which is a central theme to Hustle Or Bust! I can’t take credit for their script however!
Obviously I find generational and philosophical differences fascinating. They happen in business, and in parenting as well.
The movie had a remarkable example where these differences are highlighted at the :50 mark in the official trailer below. In particular, the baseball scene. “There are no outs in this game….”
At this point in the post I will go AGAINST my New School demographic (defined by my age) and clearly jump over to the Old School side of the fence. My mentality, hard wiring and emotion clearly sits on the side of the Old School Mr. Crystal.
No outs? No striking out? I see this more and more each year with how young kids are handled, both in sports and in general. Give me a break! I guess the argument is for “self-esteem” purposes and kids have an entire life to learn about competition, failure, etc.
I simply don’t buy it. Creating a false set of outcomes/reality just doesn’t make sense to me. Guess what? The world is tough and failure that comes through competition is part of it. I want my kids to have great self-esteem as well. It hurts when they don’t succeed and they get frustrated, so I can sympathize with the “no outs” mentality.
But how are you supposed to know what winning (or success) looks like if there is no experience of losing (or failure)?
There are countless examples where New School approaches in life are clearly better than Old School. I’ll take my excel spreadsheet over my father’s calculator and green columnar paper any day.
But in baseball, (sometimes life if you are lucky), you get 3 strikes to get on base, or you sit down.
To see a Marketing case study of Parental Guidance, check out this post.