• Review Date: April 12, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1999
  • Running Time: 95 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

One of the "genius" babies roughs up a homeless man and steals his clothes.


Karate kicks, Three Stooges-type mayhem, and gratuitous groin trauma.


Innuendo between toddlers.


A few mild expletives.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the humor in Baby Geniuses centers around children using salty adult language, repeated groin-bashing and -- you guessed it -- diaper activities. And though this is a film that would seemingly appeal to young children, the sexual innuendo and roughhousing make it appropriate, inexplicably, only for tweens. Some kids may enjoy the diaper gags, but overall the humor is too crass and misguided to recommend to them. And even among tweens, those who feel insulted by bad TV sitcoms shouldn't risk it.

What's the story?

Child behavior expert Elena Kinder (Kathleen Turner) has a theory that all children possess "stored knowledge from an early parent gene pool" that makes them privy to the secrets of the universe, but it only lasts until they begin to speak, when they forget everything. That theory, tested in the controlled environment of Kinder's secret lab, proves correct. One of the children in BABY GENIUSES, Sly, escapes the compound and is reunited with his twin brother Whit (a dual role for triplets Leo, Myles, and Gerry Fitzgerald). Mistaken for his brother by Kinder's henchmen, Whit is taken back to the research center where he leads his fellow toddlers in a revolt against their captors. Back home, Sly is doing the same, enlisting the aid of another group of infants to help set his friends free and reunite him with the brother he never knew he had.

Is it any good?


Several factors work together in making Baby Geniuses a joyless viewing experience. Let's start with a premise that's no more than a veiled excuse to abuse digital effects so that toddlers' mouths and actions can mimic those of adults. The result: supposedly brilliant kids who spend their time parodying Saturday Night Fever and musing about "diaper gravy." The humor seems to be aimed primarily at a young audience, and yet certain scenes are obviously inappropriate for them. After the genius Sly escapes -- by stowing away in a P. Oopie Bottoms diaper truck -- he roughs up a homeless man and takes his clothes, then hops in an unattended stroller and tells the infant girl inside, "Look, I got a problem. Take off your clothes." "Okay, slick," she says, "but at least you could take me to dinner first." He exits the buggy a moment later in her clothes. "Call me," she says.

To the film's credit, it succeeds in making the children appear at least as intelligent as the adults, but even there it has help. Kathleen Turner, who must surely know what the bottom of the barrel tastes like by now, reaches for something akin to Glenn Close's showy performance in 101 Dalmatians, but her rabid snarling is merely embarrassing. There are plenty of other wrenches in the works, one of which invariably hits handyman Dom DeLuise in the grapes, but there's no need to press the point. Suffice to say that Bob Clark, who somehow also wrote and directed 1983's funny and peculiar A Christmas Story, can suffer for his art all he wants; he doesn't have to drag us into it.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how not to behave or treat girls.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:January 1, 1999
DVD release date:January 23, 2001
Cast:Christopher Lloyd, Kathleen Turner, Kim Cattrall
Director:Bob Clark
Studio:Columbia Tristar
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:95 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:some rude behavior and dialogue.

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Parent Written bypuppygirl12345 October 8, 2010
Teen, 14 years old Written byjydakota95 August 23, 2010

Great for everyone give it a try

i saw this movie the first time when i was about 5 and ive loved it ever since. No i dont think this is innaprpriate above they mentioned Sex:Innuendo between toddlers the only thing i can figure they mean is when sly is looking for a disguise and switches outfits with a little girl in a stroller and if that is going to freak you out then watch out cause later theres babys wearing nothing but diapers. but seriously people that is the worst youll find and though there are jokes that your kids might not get that happens in tons of movies that way you can enjoy the movie too. All i can say is give this movie a try Sly and Whit can get me laughing even now they are 2 adorable babies with an infectious laugh. i love basil and his belief that doctor kendrick really is good. As for your kids im sure theylll get a kick out of the jokes about diaper gravy (poopy for those who dont know). Irecomend this movie to everyone whos already crossed ove (dont worry youll get it later). So try this movie out and who knows maybe your kids will find themselves watching it ten years later and still laughing there heads off
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Teen, 15 years old Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008

really funny

This was one of my favorite movies when I was 6 or 7! I think it is unbelieveable and frankly wierd to rate it off and most of all whats up with the 13 and older common sense meda? This is extremely funny for young children. The only downside is that there is a lot of bathroom humor.


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