The Boss Baby (2017) Monday, 13 July 2020

The Boss Baby (2017)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    G: Very mild themes.

  • The pitch:

    As cute as puppy pie.

  • Starring:

    (voices of): Miles Christopher Bakshi, Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Tobey Maguire, Eric Bell Jr.

  • Directed by:

    Tom McGrath

  • Running time:

    97 minutes

  • Rated:

    G (Australia), U (UK), PG (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    An evil businessman and colleague/babysitter catch two small children, tie them up, lock adults in a box. In several sequences that may frighten small children, a child imagines wallpaper/furnishings/paintings/babies to turn into scary creatures that resemble devils/zombies with red/green eyes, hundred of objects turn into creepy babies/baby heads. During make-believe/role-playing scenes characters are pursued by vicious animals (gorilla, shark, whale), wrestled, tongue-pulled, wet-willied, crushed by a falling meteor, swept away by a tornado, made to walk the plank, imprisoned (ball and chain/prison clothing/toothbrush shank). A child crashes into a tree while learning to ride a bicycle. Characters are shot with toy darts, hand-slapped, splattered with goo, smacked, pursued, thrown through the air/through a closed window, kicked, bitten, face-licked, face-slapped, locked up. Characters fall down stairs, trap/flush a bad guy's head in a toilet, almost get stepped on, battle with swords, fall from very high ledges, dangle precariously from up high, fall through a trap door. A teddy bear is shaken violently/a fist punches through its chest/battery removed. A treasured childhood toy is stolen/pulled apart tug-of-war style/stapled/head ripped off. A baby makes a throat-slitting gesture. Explosions, fireballs. Objects thrown/run over, a truck is flipped over. Cannibalism, burning children alive mentioned. Blood/gore: (None) An animated sequence shows a grave site marked with a crucifix. X-rays show children's skeletons.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A boy whispers how babies are really made into a baby's ear (no coherent audio). Nude babies, cute baby bottoms, full frontal nude baby with pixelated genitals. A baby almost has a pacifier inserted in his bottom (comic). Kissing, hugging. Characters squeeze out of an inflatable animal's bottom. A character dresses in drag. A group of women appear to be celebrating a hen's night/girl's night out.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    A child drinks some Long Island Iced Tea. Characters drink a special baby formula spiked with youth serum. Characters are hypnotised/memory-wiped with a sparkly sedative. Bottles of champagne seen, people hold cups of (assumed) alcohol and appear to be intoxicated.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Name-calling (musclehead, yes-men, doodler, dummy, hippie, lady-man, brats, scurvy scallywag, etc). Religious references (baby Jesus, God speed).

  • THEMES:

    Siblings, brothers, babies, family, cute puppies, evil corporations, imagination, sleep deprivation, proof, teamwork, play dates, pacifiers, baby formula, lactose intolerance, parenting, training wheels, Elvis impersonators, promotion, new dog breeds.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Job loss. Airport, plane settings. Gorilla, shark, whale, puppies, dinosaur, pterodactyl, kittens. Drool, saliva, vomit (lots), butt-sniffing. Full moon, planes, fireworks. Brief subtitles. Based on the book by Marla Frazee.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Refreshing, delightful, clever, tender, entertaining, nostalgic, goofy, low-concept, brisk, blithe, sweet. Pitch-perfect/solid voice cast, tasteful jokes, retro-style/dazzling/fun/colourful animation, bubbly score, some irresistible/witty/emotional moments, some decent jokes for adults.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Busy, detached. Mechanical/requisite plot, a little tiresome.

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