The Boss Baby: Family Business

I can’t believe it, but I really enjoyed Boss Baby: Family Business.

The sequel was both in theaters and streaming on Peacock so I was able to watch this in the comfort of my own home. My memory was not being a fan of the original Boss Baby, and the initial scores on Rotten Tomatoes had The Boss Baby: Family Business scored low so my expectations were non-existant.

Then, I watched the film and I enjoyed it. Shock.

Admittedly, the main target of this movie is for the children. It is big, bombastic, full of color and humor that would appeal to a child. and I found myself laughing at several of the liens too.

The Templeton brothers Ted (Alec Baldwin) and Tim (James Marsden) are now adults and have grown apart from one another. Ted was a successful businessman and Tim had a family of his own. However, when Tim’s youngest daughter Tina (Amy Sedaris) revealed herself as an agent for the Baby Corp and that she had a special mission that could only be completed by Tim and Ted. They were given a special formula that aged them back to the age of babies they were in the original movie and they were to infiltrate a school, led by Dr. Armstrong (Jeff Goldblum). who had a secret plan.

Sure, the plot was shaky, but kids do not care about that. It was passable enough. The animation was really good, and many of the designs of the characters and the settings were excellently presented. There was a hectic pace of the film, which both keeps you from being bored and does not allow for much development.

I enjoyed the voice work. Alec Baldwin and James Marsden in particular, and Jeff Goldblum is always welcome in whatever movie he may be in. There are voice performances from as well from Jimmy Kimmel, Eva Longoria, Arianna Greenblatt, Lisa Kudrow, and Molly K. Gray.

While this is not at the level of the Pixar or Disney animated movies, The Boss Baby: Family Business has a solid place in the animation market place and is a decent film for the whole family, with some good messages for a family to hear.

3.4 stars

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