Designated Parent

Alvin and the Chipmunks meet the Wolfman

An episode of Designated Parent

By Adam & Lisa
Kids programming through adult beverages.
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Kids programming through adult beverages.

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The Lorax
A little, furry man saves the world. Yes, we're talking about Danny DeVito.
November 11, 2019
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Easily the most watchable of the Star Wars films, probably. At least Lisa thinks so, and she has opinions as to why.
November 4, 2019
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
It's a classic. It's required viewing in my house. And, it turns out, Lisa's not impressed.
October 28, 2019
The Grinch
The most recent re-telling of the legend of the Grinch, which still fails to justify its existence over a 30 minute cartoon.
October 21, 2019
Alvin and the Chipmunks meet the Wolfman
Think it couldn't get worse than the live action Alvin and the Chipmunk movies? Well, you're right. But this one isn't really worthy of the nostalgia.
October 14, 2019
The greatest movie of our time? Probably not. The greatest performance by Eddy Murphy in a children's movie? Also, probably no. Mike Myers' best work? Still... no. But it's Shrek and it kept Smashmouth on the radio for longer than any of us could have ever expected.
October 7, 2019
Descendants 2
With Lisa out of town, Adam has to rely on some even more unreliable narrators to get through this episode.
September 30, 2019
Descendants 3
No, you didn't miss an episode. Our kids just didn't want to watch Descendants 2. So we watch this one instead. We'd like to think seeing the second part would make the third part make more sense but, honestly, we don't know how that would be possible.
September 23, 2019
In a world where all the Disney films apparently happened at once, and where Beast has united the kingdoms under his iron rule... Would have been a much better intro. Instead, we get a high school musical with the Disney villains' kids and way too much eyeliner.
September 16, 2019
Middle School
The fight club of the next generation.
September 9, 2019
Wreck it Ralph
Remember, you can never be anything besides what you were born to be so just make the most of your freakishness and hopefully you can help some of the other freaks you meet along the way. Or possibly something more encouraging. Honestly, I don't even know how to spin this one.
September 2, 2019
Kronk's New Groove
It was the early 2000's and Disney decided everything needed a sequel. Even things they just made. At least this one kept most of the original cast. And, really, that's the best we can say about it.
August 26, 2019
Daddy Daycare
Eddy Murphy makes kids movies. This one thing you must remember or nothing that follows will make any sense. Approaching Pluto Nash levels of bad writing, acting, directing and special effects, we submit that this is not something he should be proud of.
August 19, 2019
Monsters, Inc.
Teaching our kids that anything is acceptable if you're doing it in order to produce energy. Right?
August 12, 2019
Secret Life of Pets
When their owners are away, pets will get into a series of unbelievable exploits but still somehow make it back home through a locked apartment in time for their owners' return. But, somehow, it's not terrible.
August 5, 2019
Emperor's New Groove
The best movie to come out of Disney between 1995 and... well... we're waiting.
July 29, 2019
Despicable Me 3
Did the world need 3 Despicable Me movies? No. But they got them anyway. Here's our thoughts on the third.
July 22, 2019
Peter Rabit
Mediocre children's book turned worse than mediocre children's movie.
July 15, 2019
It Takes Two
Is this the best Olsen Twins/Kristy Allen/Steve Guttenberg/Rob Base & DJ E-Z crossover event of all time? I mean, I hope not. But here we are.
July 8, 2019
Malibu Rescue - The Series
Did you think that one movie was enough to tell the saga of the lives of the Malibu Rescue team? You were right. But here's a miniseries anyway.
July 1, 2019
Malibu Rescue
Stay out of Malibu, Lebowski. Actually, if at all possible, we should all really try to stay out of this one.
June 24, 2019
Lego Movie 2
Back after a little time off, we dig into the movies our kids watched on vacation, starting with the sequel to one of my least unfavorite kids movies.
June 17, 2019
Bedtime Stories
Adam Sandler and Russell Brand bring you the story of how a grown man tries to manipulate kids' imaginations to get everything he ever wanted and instead ends up with the world's weirdest guinea pig.
June 10, 2019
Tim Allen stars in what was not his worst film of 2006. But it's bad. It's really, really bad.
June 3, 2019
Tornado Update
We are fine. Everything is not fine. But we are fine.
May 30, 2019
Lion King
Reviewing a masterpiece before the inevitable unnecessary remake. Hippy Juice 1 Cup Watermelon Vodka 1/2 Cup Rum 1/2 Cup Triple Sec Top a gallon with pink Country Time lemonade made to instructions.
May 27, 2019
Avengers: Endgame
We're in the endgame now... We finish up last week's discussion about the Marvel Cinematic Universe by looking at Avengers: Endgame. Again, maybe some spoilers.
May 20, 2019
Lisa vs. The Marvel Cinematic Universe
*SPOILERS* THIS EPISODE CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR MOVIES CURRENTLY IN THEATERS. Lisa and Adam blow through the entire MCU up to Endgame in a single episode. Spoilers abound, but so does confusion. Also, Adam is wrong, Howard stark is in Captain America: The First Avenger. And he's probably wrong about other things, too.
May 13, 2019
Harry Potter
We have many questions about the Harry Potter universe. But since half the team is a drunk Hufflepuff, we may never know the answers.
May 6, 2019
Christmas Chronicles
Snake Pliskin does Santa Clause. Not the weirdest casting for the jolly old elf, but not a great movie, either. Melonade: 1 oz. Raspberry Vodka 1 oz. St. Germain 1 oz. Cranberry juice 1/2 oz. Lemon juice 1/2 oz. Simple syrup Add all ingredients to a shaker full of ice. Shake, strain into Wonder Woman tumbler* *Wonder Woman tumbler optional.
April 29, 2019
Odd Squad
A love letter to Canadian children's programming, and why you should be listening to their soundtracks.
April 22, 2019
Chicken Little
The timeless tale of why your town probably shouldn't get a significant portion of its identity from that time you all freaked out because a four year old told you the sky was falling. Also, there are aliens.
April 15, 2019
Here's an idea... let's make a kids movie based on Greek mythology. It's the only logical direction to go after the success that was Hunchback of Notre Dame.
April 8, 2019
Emoji Movie
It's a movie... about emoji. We've hit the bottom and kept digging.
April 1, 2019
Christopher Robin
What could possibly be creepier than the 1980's Winnie the Pooh show on the Disney Chanel? Oh. Yeah. Christopher Robin with PTSD.
March 24, 2019
Super Buddies
The final installment of a 14-ish movie series based on that one video that won America's Funniest Home Videos in 1991. Really.
March 18, 2019
Spy Kids 4D All the Time in the World
The most unsettling moving Robert Rodriguez's production company has ever made.
March 11, 2019
Adam's awkward answers about anthropomorphic automotive anatomy.
March 4, 2019
Into the Spiderverse
Can an infinite number of radioactive spiders biting an infinite number of moody teens create a good movie?
February 25, 2019
Gnome Alone
Looking into the happy side of child neglect and abandonment, it's this week's episode of Designated Parent.
February 18, 2019
Captain Underpants
Seriously, who is looking after these kids in Piqua, Ohio?
February 14, 2019
Hotel Transylvania 3
The exciting conclusion to the immortal Hotel Transylvania trilogy. Wait, who are we kidding? They're going to make more and more of theses until they lose all meaning and outnumber the Land Before Time movies.
February 4, 2019
Fuller House
Tonight we dissect the multi-generational trauma that is Fuller House,  where nothing makes sense and everything seems like it was written by aliens who were told, vaguely, how humans behave.
January 28, 2019
Santa Paws
A movie about a talking dog and its friends saving Christmas. Because that's original. Pass the Merlot.
January 21, 2019
The Chipmunks: The Road Chip
Our first episode, recorded on a dare. One of us gets a little drinky while we try to remember what happened in the movie we literally just watched. This time it's the sequel to the sequel to the Squeakquel. Because no one should have to watch these movies sober. 
January 17, 2019
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