The Boss Baby Parent Review
This imaginative telling of the arrival of a new baby hides a message about learning to bond to a new sibling amidst a sea of silly action and adventure.
Tim Templeton (voice of Miles Bakshi) is a seven-year-old blessed with a wonderful family. Not only do his Mom and Dad (voices of Lisa Kudrow and Jimmy Kimmel) engage in his imaginative play, but they also read him three stories, give him five hugs and sing him one song each night.
However, that perfect life is shattered with the arrival of a little brother (voiced by Alec Baldwin). In short order the tiny tot becomes the boss of the whole house. Demanding all his parents’ energy and love, the Templetons no longer have time for Tim or bedtime routines.
The situation is even worse than the adults realize – yet only Tim seems to know this. While his parents accept as normal the suit-wearing, briefcase-carrying stranger, the big brother has his eye on junior’s other suspicious behaviors, like holding meetings with neighborhood children, protecting his infant formula and talking on the phone. Although he can’t convince Mom and Dad that there is a serious problem, he does eventually force a confession out of his younger sibling.
As Tim suspected, Boss Baby is not a normal kid. Instead he’s a manager from BabyCorp (that’s a heavenly place where babies come from) sent to investigate the dropping popularity of having children and stop the rising trend of raising puppies instead. When Tim figures out that Boss Baby will leave as soon as his earthly mission is complete, the boy agrees to help the little tike in order to get rid of his disruptive presence.
Youngsters are sure to get caught up in the plot to rid the world of a manipulative corporate leader (voice of Steve Buscemi) and his drag-dressing assistant (voice of Conrad Vernon). The slapstick antics, plentiful drool and potty humor, along with many depictions of bare-bottomed babies are definitely aimed at this demographic too. Still, moments of peril in the frequent action scenes and some scary images may be a bit too frightening for the littlest ones.
For older audiences, it won’t take long to see past the fantasy elements and recognize this is really a tale of adjusting to a new addition. As the boys come together in a common cause, a bond begins to form. Despite how ridiculous the adventures portrayed here may be, the idea that working together leads to caring for each other, and that caring leads to loving, does apply to real life. It is that message which may make this zany animation a bundle of joy your whole family can enjoy.Directed by Tom McGrath. Starring Alec Baldwin, Lisa Kudrow, Steve Buscemi. Running time: 98 minutes. Theatrical release March 31, 2017. Updated April 10, 2017
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The Boss Baby Parents Guide
Boss Baby tells Tim that their parents do not have enough love to go around for the two of them. How does this speak to Tim’s worst fears? Why does Boss Baby get so much more attention than Tim does? What true feelings do Mom and Dad have for both Tim and Boss Baby?
Boss Baby has been sent to investigate the rising popularity of puppy love and the diminishing birthrate of children. While this is a funny plot element, is there any real truth to this change of affections? Check out these articles from Quartz magazine and the New York Post.
How do Boss Baby’s ambitions for corporate promotion and Tim’s desire to enjoy a family-filled childhood also reflect some of society’s competing goals and priorities? Where do you want to put your time, energy and love?