The Boss Baby

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The Boss Baby

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Genre: Animated
Comedy
Family
Directed By: Tom McGrath
Written By: Michael McCullers
Starring: Alec Baldwin
Steve Buscemi
Miles Bakshi
Jimmy Kimmel
Lisa Kudrow
Distributed By: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: March 12, 2017 (Miami)
March 31, 2017 (United States)
Runtime: 97 minutes
Country: United States
Sequel: The Boss Baby: Family Business

The Boss Baby is a 2017 American computer-animated comedy film, loosely based on the 2010 picture book of the same name written and illustrated by Marla Frazee. Produced by DreamWorks Animation, the film is directed by Tom McGrath and written by Michael McCullers. It stars the voices of Alec Baldwin, Miles Bakshi, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, and Tobey Maguire. The Boss Baby premiered at the Miami International Film Festival on March 12, 2017, and was released on March 31 of that year.

A sequel, The Boss Baby: Family Business, is scheduled to be released on September 17, 2021, while a follow-up web series, The Boss Baby: Back in BusinessTTSW, premiered on Netflix on April 6, 2018.

Plot

A new baby's arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator -- a wildly imaginative 7-year-old named Tim. The most unusual Boss Baby arrives at Tim's home in a taxi, wearing a suit and carrying a briefcase. The instant sibling rivalry must soon be put aside when Tim discovers that Boss Baby is actually a spy on a secret mission, and only he can help thwart a dastardly plot that involves an epic battle between puppies and babies.

Bad Qualities

  1. The premise of babies working in an office environment is ridiculous and tiresome.
  2. Failed attempts at having heart or charm.
  3. Generic story where the property of their owner is jealous of the new one, who gets all of the attention from said owner, and the two properties eventually bond; there are also bland morals about love.
    • The concept of people much younger than adults organizing and acting like adults is also unoriginal, as it has already been used in cartoons such as RecessBTSW and Codename: Kids Next DoorBTSW.
  4. On the topic of the film being unoriginal, because of it, there is barely any sense that the characters are in danger, especially considering how the viewer knows how they would eventually end up.
  5. Many of the characters presented in the film can be boiled down to these simplistic tropes, with Ted and Janice being the stereotypical "loving parents", and Tim being the typical "over-imaginative kid with all the attention he has been getting from his folks"; thus, many of the characters are rendered easily forgettable.
  6. On the topic of tropes, the film uses the common trope of protagonists arguing over something and splitting up only before they get back together in the climax, which feels very forced.
  7. A lot of the attempts at humor, while it does have its moments, falls flat and is also awkward at times. There is also an overuse of gross-out and toilet humor.
  8. Bland art design.
  9. The film tries to imply that the events of the movie are all just in Tim's imagination, but it is undermined by several aspects, opening a can of worms:
    • First and foremost, during the battle of the Templetons' yard, when Boss Baby was implied to be going to curse at Tim ("Let go, you little..."), it immediately cuts to a small scene with Ted and Janice, where you can clearly see Boss Baby in the background in the mini police car as it moves forward as Tim is holding onto it.
    • Secondly, there is an upcoming sequel where, according to DreamWorks Animation, and we are quoting here, "When baby Tina reveals that she's—ta-da!—a top secret agent for BabyCorp on a mission to uncover the dark secrets behind Tabitha's school and its mysterious founder, Dr. Armstrong, it will reunite the Templeton brothers in unexpected ways, leading them to re-evaluate the meaning of family and discover what truly matters."[1]
    • There is also its follow-up web series, The Boss Baby: Back in BusinessTTSW.
    • At the end of the film, Tim's infant daughter, whilst wearing a suit, winks at his oldest, suggesting that she is another BabyCorp employee.
  10. Even if the film was in Tim's imagination, that just creates a new slew of problems, mainly from its tone, as it quickly becomes confusing as to whether what's happening is actually going on or entirely part of Tim's imagination.
  11. Cringe-worthy fake pathos.
  12. Not very faithful to the source material from the book it is based on; it feels more generic than the aforementioned book.
  13. The ending is silly and completely out of the blue.
  14. Francis E. Francis is a pretty lame and generic villain.
  15. The imagination sequences are mostly pointless and feel out of place.
    • There is one inappropriate shot where, at Puppy Co., Tim and Boss Baby sneak through what appears to be the butthole of a puppy-shaped bouncy house.
  16. Several inconsistencies and internal contradictions, including:
    • The babies that aren't at Baby-Corp are still capable of talking without a formula, while the ones who do work there can read the ones that aren't can't, as seen in one scene where the Boss Baby shows the other babies that puppies are getting even more love than the babies.
    • Tim tries to convince Francis Francis that his parents would never leave him and Boss Baby alone, even though... well, to quote Doug Walker in his review of the film, "...except for this moment of them leaving us alone!"
    • Tim also gets nervous during the take-off of the plane heading to Las Vegas and points out to Boss Baby about how his parents always hold his hand during take-off, even though he seems to have no issues struggling against Boss Baby and his field team in the battle of the Templetons' yard.
  17. Dated references to popular culture in a modern children's animated movie, with the third act containing references to Elvis Presley.

Good Qualities

  1. The voice actors all give decent-to-good performances.
  2. Some few good jokes.
  3. While Francis E. Francis is a pretty generic villain, he has decent characterization, especially about his motivations.
  4. The animation is smooth and beautiful.
  5. The credits at the end are decently animated.
  6. Hans Zimmer and Steve Mazzaro deliver a decent score.
  7. The baby designs are cute.
  8. Tim and Boss Baby are okay protagonist.

Reception

The Boss Baby received mixed-to-negative reviews from critics and audiences, who praised the animation, soundtrack, and voice acting (particularly Baldwin's), but criticized its plot, humor and confusing tone. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 53% based on 179 reviews and an average rating of 5.50/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "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.". On Metacritic, the film has a score of 50 out of 100 based on 32 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A−" on an A+ to F scale, while the film earned a score of 6.2 on IMDB.

Awards and nominations

Despite the mixed reviews, The Boss Baby was nominated for an Academy Award for Animated Feature Film but lost to CocoGMW.

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Comments


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Mr. Dready

9 months ago
Score 4
This movie has child abuse, there's a scene where Francis's henchmen throws Jimbo to a car.
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ACoolBlaze5

9 months ago
Score 2
xd
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Mr. Dready

9 months ago
Score 8
This is the worst Dreamworks movie in my opinion, i know people hate Shark Tale, but i actually like Shark Tale.
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ACoolBlaze5

9 months ago
Score 4
Honestly, mine's either Home, Shrek the Third or this
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Le0ne 82,651

one month ago
Score 2
And the worst part is THEY ARE MAKING SEQUEL
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UndertaleGamer1000

13 days ago
Score 0
Yeah we don't really need a sequel.
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HellLord

9 months ago
Score 1
  • heres about the Beatles in this article*
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HellLord

7 months ago
Score 1
Crap, I mean Hear’s, not heres
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TanReviewer

5 months ago
Score 0
Great, John and George are rolling in their graves because of this movie...
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HellLord

9 months ago
Score 1
To be honest, this film is better than the tv series that it would spawn one year later in which the tv series is even more mean spirited than this film (I know, the film had mean spirit but not as much as the tv series)
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Kelvin Muñoz NAKKTK NAVGCP WAN

7 months ago
Score 2
I actually prefer the film over the show. Even though the film is bad and I never watched it before.
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CaptainJ

7 months ago
Score -1

I was once having thoughts on seeing this film but I never have, thinking it might be interesting. Now I'm really glad that I didn't see it and never will.

And how did it manage to be nominated for best Animated Feature?!
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Bluetigerelevenblue

6 months ago
Score 3
I like this film, but the show looks terrible.
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Bluetigerelevenblue

6 months ago
Score 2
Unpopular opinion: This is the best DreamWorks movie.
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BlueSapphire200

6 months ago
Score 1
Well, that's your opinion and I respect that.
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BlueSapphire200

6 months ago
Score 1
In 2017, I was forced to watch this movie at the theatre because of my siblings, but I still respected their choice and opinion.
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BlueSapphire200

6 months ago
Score 2
This movie is mediocre, but the spin-off series is even worse.
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Eli Boy

5 months ago
Score 1
This movie is okay. I do like Captain Underpants more.
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Eli Boy

5 months ago
Score 1
I don't like the show though.
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JDM4678

5 months ago
Score 1
Forgot this film’s existence, at least it isn’t so bad
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UndertaleGamer1000

5 months ago
Score 0
I still liked it.
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Necropolis

5 months ago
Score 1
The movie is decent, but the spin-off series was terrible
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UndertaleGamer1000

4 months ago
Score 0
I liked the series, but nowadays I don't really care for it.
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AgentLocke

5 months ago
Score 1
It is weird how dreamwork could make the worse dreamworks film and best at the same time and the worse dreamworks film gets a oscar
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XXSeph MySpaceXx

3 months ago
Score 4
saw this in theatres way back in 2017 and thought it was stupid, I still do to this day
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Ice cake 2543

3 months ago
Score 1
"This movie isn't doing family business too baby."-My quote for the sequel
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Jego5542Gonzalez

2 months ago
Score -5
This film sucks Mao Mao’s big butt. I can’t believe I even used to like this movie. I’m not excited for it’s sequel either. I would rather see Raya and the Last Dragon instead of this because it’s going to kick The Boss Baby 2’s butt.
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Snesboy12

2 months ago
Score 1
You sure a huge Mao Mao fanboy.
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Blader07

2 months ago
Score 1
@Snesboy12 He's also We Bare Bears and Regular Show fan, and just ignore him
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KalloFox34

2 months ago
Score 2

Despite its reputation, I felt it wasn't as bad as most other DreamWorks films.

It could be pretty funny at moments.
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Bradyreino

one month ago
Score 1
Captain Underpants was batter than this s*itty film.
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X9 The Android

one month ago
Score 1

I did like the film, but I admit that it isn't the best of DreamWorks. In films like this, I think toilet humor can be pretty funny and is well used, because the film is about, ahem, babies. The movie does its job of entertaining the little kids in the audience. ;)

But sincerely I do miss the days in which DreamWorks made their memorable Shrek, Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda films.
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BlakeIsHere458

one month ago
Score 2
CALLING THE BOSS BABY (HE ANSWERED OMG!) (I DIED) (GONE WRONG)
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No bias

one month ago
Score 1
FUNNY JOKES HAHAHA (seriously)
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Hayden B.

one month ago
Score 4
This film seems to have a an odd obsession for showing baby butts... why???
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The Dunkman

19 days ago
Score 3
Being hip to the kids.
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Charles0304

2 days ago
Score 0
this film is ' ' ' dog cruelity ' ' '

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