The Boss Baby

The Boss Baby
The Boss Baby
  • PG
  • 1h 38m
  • 2017
Common Sense Media Iconage 6+
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DreamWorks Animation invites you to meet a most unusual baby. The Boss Baby is a hilariously universal story about how a new baby's arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator, a very imaginative 7-year-old named Tim. With a sly, heart-filled message about the importance of family, The Boss Baby is an original, broadly appealing comedy for all ages.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: The Boss Baby's talented cast, glimmers of wit, and flashes of visual inventiveness can't make up for a thin premise and a disappointing willingness to settle for doody jokes.
Peter Bradshaw

It's disposable fun.

June 25, 2017
Time Out
Tom Huddleston

Its snappy, pop-culture-referencing script feels workshopped to death.

June 25, 2017
San Diego Reader
Matthew Lickona

I could have done without the kewpie-doll faces and oversized eyes, but for the most part and wher...

June 25, 2017
Globe and Mail
John Semley

It's the rare cartoon that actually feels like a cartoon, propelled by its goofiness and sheer ene...

June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media Iconage 6+
Common Sense Says
Animated comedy about sibling rivalry has peril, body humor.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Boss Baby is an animated comedy inspired by Marla Frazee's popular picture book. It addresses issues related to sibling rivalry (particularly an older child's fears that there will be less love after a new baby arrives) and has a fair bit of peril, though much of it is played for laughs. Expect chases, nick-of-time escapes, and plenty of slapstick confrontations between babies and children/adults. There are also potentially scary scenes imagined by 7-year-old Tim (attacking animals, creepy hallways, looming figures) and a sequence in which two kids investigate a mysterious dark room and subsequently get captured. Not surprisingly for a film about babies, there's also plenty of body/potty humor, including an explosive fake-barf sequence, bare baby bottoms, and use of words like "fart," "poop," and "doody." Other language includes some insults, and there's a scene in which it's implied that Tim tried a Long Island Ice Tea and didn't like it (champagne is also served in first class). The way the movie treats puppies -- like a factory-produced product -- may bother some viewers, and the fact that the boys travel to Las Vegas on their own may need some explaining ... as will the movie's take on where babies come from. But there are clear messages about the value of teamwork and the fact that there is enough love for everyone in a family. And parents who loved Alec Baldwin in 30 Rock will surely laugh (Boss Baby is basically a mini Jack Donaghy).

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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
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Positive Messages
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Sexy Stuff
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family, Comedy
  • Release Date:March 31, 2017
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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