The Boss Baby (2017) Review

4/5* Shiv’s Show | Siobhan Divers

Dir: Tom McGrath

97 mins

Starring: Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Miles Bakshi, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Tobey Maguire, Conrad Vernon.

Visually impressive and extremely silly, The Boss Baby is a cute, animated comedy with jokes for children and their parents.

Starting with an anal penetration joke (bear with me on this one…), The Boss Baby opens with Baby Corp, a business in the sky where babies are manufactured before being sent to a family or retained to work. Babies slide along the conveyor belt getting prepared for their family though Boss Baby is the wrong way up for the entire conveyor belt scene ending up with socks on his hands and talcum powder on his face. But when the dummy is being lowered into the babies’ mouths, Boss Baby realises where his dummy will go if he doesn’t adjust his position and quickly turns over.

And it’s all uphill (or downhill depending on whether you find that funny…) from there.

The story is told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator. Seven year old Tim Templeton (Miles Bakshi) is wildly imaginative, constantly creating his own worlds to play in. He’s happy with his family life until Boss Baby/ Theodore Templeton (Alec Baldwin) shows up. Boss Baby is a baby with the mind of an adult though Tim is the only person who is on to him – his parents are completely unsuspecting.

Creative and entertaining, The Boss Baby also has heartwarming messages, looking specifically at sibling love and acceptance, and the importance of creativity and imagination.

Quirky and fun, The Boss Baby is unique with some important lessons for children within.

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