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Bette Midler and Billy Crystal struggle to look after their wayward grandchildren

If you’re very, very lucky, you might crack a single smile during Andy Fickman’s (Race To Witch Mountain) interminable festive family-com, which stars Billy Crystal and Bette Midler as laidback oldies roped into babysitting their three annoying grandkids for their tightly-wound daughter (Marisa Tomei).

You can only assume that poor Tomei lost a bet, as she squawks her way through the definition of a thankless role while Crystal tosses out lazy intergenerational gags in the general direction of a semi-conscious Midler.

The kids are charmless, the writing is bland, and the embarrassing jokes sound like nails down a blackboard .

With this much filler it’s remarkable that the end result still feels so empty.

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