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The Boss Baby Movie Review

Reviewed by on Mar 30, 2017
Rating: 3 Star Rating

Kidzworld saw The Boss Baby. What if the new baby at your house talked and dressed like an adult and grabbed all your parents’ attention as part of an evil plot? Hard to believe? Check our review!

By: Lynn Barker

In The Boss Baby, Tim Templeton (voice of Miles Christopher Bakshi) is a very imaginative 7-year-old and the apple of his busy parents’ eye. They sing him goodnight and just dote on him. Then they bring home a baby brother dubbed Boss Baby (voice of Alec Baldwin), a very weird infant who wears a designer suit, talks like a cocky, in-charge adult and is supporting an unbelievable plot on a global scale. Can Tim regain his only child status?  Can he ever grow to trust this malevolent munchkin?

Hey Tim, meet your new baby bro!Hey Tim, meet your new baby bro!Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Heavenly Home Turned Hellish

7-year-old Tim Templeton has a wild and fertile imagination and goes on make believe adventures all over the world and to outer space. His parents Ted (Jimmy Kimmel) and Janice (Lisa Kudrow) support his creative play. Tim loves his life and is glad it will be just the three of them forever. However, one day, Tim is surprised when a business suit-wearing, smart-talking infant is brought home by Ted and Janice who call him Tim’s new baby brother. Tim will never get used to this!

Boss Baby confronts TimBoss Baby confronts TimCourtesy of 20th Century Fox

I’m the Boss

Determined to be rid of this new kid whom Tim suspects of plotting something awful, Tim records a conversation between him and other toddlers who are over at Tim's house for a playdate that is actually a strategy meeting. Sadly, the tape is toast after a chase all over the neighborhood. With no evidence of a baby plot, Tim is grounded by his parents for his actions “endangering” the infants. Tim can’t win!

Tim discovers that Boss Baby is having adult conversationsTim discovers that Boss Baby is having adult conversationsCourtesy of 20th Century Fox

The Secret Plot

Boss Baby tries to get Tim on his side by transporting him to Baby Corp where a few infants with adult-like brains work on making sure babies get all the love possible. The Boss Baby explains to Tim that he was sent undercover to the Templeton house on a mission to see why puppies are getting more love than infants. Tim’s parents work at Puppy Co. which will soon unleash a new mega “Forever” puppy that is soooo cute it will rob all infants of love! If Boss Baby can make sure this launch doesn’t happen, or isn’t successful, he will return to Baby Corp and be promoted.

Some of Boss Baby's infant recruitsSome of Boss Baby's infant recruitsCourtesy of 20th Century Fox

The Challenge

We learn that, if Boss Baby fails, he will be cut off from a special food formula that keeps him a smart, adult-ish corporate exec and he will then revert to true infancy in which he would stay with the Templetons as Tim’s true, cooing and crying infant bro. Hoping that Boss Baby will get promoted and return to Baby Corp and out of his life, Tim agrees to aid him in stopping Puppy Co’s plan. Will the misfit brothers succeed in stopping the Las Vegas convention launch of the Forever Puppy? Will they ever be loving siblings?

Will puppies get all the love?Will puppies get all the love?Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Wrapping Up

Although The Boss Baby, based upon a short kids’ novel, contains moments of humor, gags to make you giggle, inventive chases and a good voice cast, like the recent animated film Storks, parents will probably relate to it more than kids and teens, unless you have a new baby brother or sis to whom your ‘rents pay more attention than you.

Boss Baby tries to convince Tim to cooperateBoss Baby tries to convince Tim to cooperateCourtesy of 20th Century Fox

The premise of the story isn’t really that believable. Yes, we can stretch our imaginations to accept that babies are manufactured on high, come down a conveyor belt and are deposited with families but buying that a pet company invents (creates?) a puppy that it is sure everyone will love more than a child, teen or new baby. Huh? Yeah, we love and care for our pets and we should think of them as part of the family but more than a human child? There is something a little wrong about that. The plot is also rather convoluted and hard for most kids and teens to follow.

There is a nice message put forward about sibling rivalry; we can learn to get along with and love the new sibling in our family. Some kids and teens can probably relate to 7-year-old Tim’s wild imagination and appreciate that his parents are all for it…until a new baby distracts them.

Overall, although well-meaning and sometimes funny, the movie didn’t hold our interest throughout. We go three stars.

The Boss Baby Movie Rating: 3

The Boss Baby Movie PosterThe Boss Baby PosterCourtesy of 20th Century Fox

See The Boss Baby in theaters Friday, March 31st!


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