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Movie Night – ‘The Boss Baby’ geared for younger children

By Bradley Griffith

“The Boss Baby” is not the worst animated family movie ever made. It’s not the best either, more like somewhere in between on the lower end of the scale. “The Boss Baby” is now available for home rental.

Tim Templeton (voiced as a seven-year-old by Miles Bakshi) is living a perfect life. He and his mom (Lisa Kudrow) and dad (Jimmy Kimmel) live a perfect existence as the perfect family. Tim has an incredible imagination and he and his parents spend every day playing fantasy games that Tim creates. They live in an idyllic life. At least, Tim thinks so.

Everything changes one day when the doorbell rings. Tim’s parents welcome a new addition to their family. The new baby (Alec Baldwin) is wearing a suit and tie and carries a briefcase. Tim instantly knows his life has just changed forever, and for the worse. Almost immediately the new baby demands all the attention in the house. Tim’s parents ignore him in favor of tending to the needs of the new baby. Tim’s life of family bliss has come to an end.

Even getting past Tim’s feelings of being abandoned, he knows that there’s something fishy about the new baby. Tim wonders, what kind of baby wears a suit and tie and carries a briefcase? Still, Tim’s parents are completely clueless to any of the warning signs. Tim realizes he will have to take care of this problem by himself.

One evening as Tim is spying on the baby he hears the baby actually talking on what appears to be a toy phone. Realizing he is caught, Boss Baby tells Tim his secret. The Boss Baby is from Baby Corp. He may look like a baby, but he is an adult in every other way. He has been tasked to Tim’s family as an undercover agent.

According to Boss Baby, there is only so much love in the world. Babies have traditionally garnered the lion’s share of the love. Recently puppies have been gaining more and more popularity. Boss Baby has been sent to infiltrate Puppy Co., where Tim’s parent’s work, to find Puppy Co.’s secrets.

If the plot of “The Boss Baby” sounds ridiculous to you, that’s because it is ridiculous. But, the odds are that you are not the target demographic for this movie. The movie is really aimed toward younger children. While most animated features contain humor for viewers of all ages, anyone over the age of 10 is likely to be disappointed in “The Boss Baby.”

I’m not saying that there are no funny parts. A scene where all the neighborhood babies have a meeting during a play date is fairly funny. And you can never go wrong with fart jokes. But, for the most part, this is a movie best enjoyed by young kids.

The voice cast for such a juvenile movie is actually good. Alec Baldwin is obviously the standout performer of the group. It’s hard to imagine Baldwin being the voice of an infant in diapers and a suit and tie, but he does it very well. He even paraphrases one of his famous lines when he tells one of the other babies at their meeting that “Cookies are for closers.”

In the end, “The Boss Baby” is not enjoyable for adults. It’s target audience is younger children and probably hits the mark with that audience. If you need a couple of hours of quiet time in your house while your young children enjoy a movie meant for them, “The Boss Baby” may be the ticket for you. On the other hand, if you want to watch a movie that is funny and enjoyable to you, this is not that movie.


Grade: C-

Rated PG for some mild rude humor.