Film Review: The Boss Baby starring Alec Baldwin out 7 April 2017

There's a new arrival joining the DreamWorks Animation family in 2017 and he's a born leader... Twentieth Century Fox is delighted to present the first trailer for THE BOSS BABY. Based on the award winning picture book by Marla Frazee, THE BOSS BABY stars Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Patton Oswalt, Miles Bakshi.

  Listen to director Tom McGrath talk about some amazing behind the scenes anecdotes about the film and the cast:  


The story

From Tom MacGrath, lead DreamWorks Animation director behind the Madagascar franchise and Shrek the Third, you expect great things and The Boss Baby is a very enjoyable film for both children and parents.

The Boss Baby is an unusual baby.  He wears a suit, speaks with the voice and wit of Alec Baldwin, and is delivered by taxi. And he is on a mission that involves his big brother. He needs to get down to business with him though and show his best negotiating skills to get him on board. I don't want to spoil the plot by saying too much. I won't tell you how this unusual baby is delivered. I'll let you figure it out.  

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 wildly imaginative 7 year old named Tim.    

The trailer



The 'Nautical' clip


The ‘What's Really Going On: Feeding The Baby’


The ‘What's Really Going On: Playing Outside’


The verdict

With a sly, heart-filled message about the importance of family, DreamWorks' The Boss Baby is an authentic and broadly appealing original comedy for all ages.   After watching The Boss Baby you will never look at babies the same way again! Needless to say that Alec Baldwin's choice of voice for the Boss Baby is brilliant. The fact that the old Friends gang of Alec Baldwin and Lisa Kudrow reunite in this animation will appeal to many 40+ parents.

  The Boss Baby is inspired by Marla Frazee's picture book which I have read many times to my son and I believe it appeals more to parents than to children. I laugh every time I read it as my son used to be like the Boss Baby. The film expands the story and introduces a brother, who is also the narrating voice. The movie is quite educational as well because it addresses sibling rivalry issues and helps tackling a typical older child's fears that he/she would be loved less after a new baby arrives. Messages about the importance of teamwork to succeed and about the endless love of parents towards their children are loud and clear. Don't get me wrong, though. The film is not serious at all and in fact it's hilarious from beginning to end. I was in stitches! At times, the movie is a real slapstick comedy including lots of potty humour, bare baby bottoms and the frequent use of words like fart and poop.

As a parent you may need to do some explaining after watching the movie with younger children on the subject of the origin of babies. The Boss Baby is suitable for children aged 6+. It will probably be PG-rated as most kids' films these days simply because parents might want to explain the meaning of the humour above and beyond the slapstick comedy. But it's a movie that EVERYBODY will enjoy - very much like the book that inspired it if not even more.    

London  Mums' rating: 8/10

Kids' club rating: 9/10
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About Monica Costa

Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums