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Baby Geniuses and the Mystery of the Crown Jewels

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Tedious sequel features talking babies, potty humor.
  • Review Date: February 11, 2013
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 79 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

The children travel to London, Paris, and other major European destinations, where they see some of the famous sights.

Positive messages

Occasional potty humor, focused on diapers on their use, and misuse. Some of the female characters discuss their penchant for shopping and fashion, including a toddler fashionista who decries the lack of fashion sense among males of all ages. The basic message is that crime doesn't pay.

Positive role models

The babies, and their adult spymasters, are all trying to solve a series of mysterious crimes, and their devotion to justice is admirable.

Violence & scariness

Some pratfalls and slapstick humor.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the stars of Baby Geniuses and the Mystery of the Crown Jewels is a sequel, of sorts, to two earlier Baby Geniuses movies that are generally considered to be among the worst movies ever produced, and this one doesn't aim any higher. Other toddlers may be the only audience that might appreciate seeing their peers onscreen, yet the babies' dialogue, one-liners, and pop-culture references will go way over the head of very young viewers. Expect some pratfalls and potty humor to round things out.

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What's the story?

The babies at the Bobbins Daycare are actually a secret band of super-spies, imbued with ultra intelligence and the ability to understand their own secret language of baby-talk babble. In BABY GENIUSES AND THE MYSTERY OF THE CROWN JEWELS someone breaks into the Tower of London, and the babies are sent off on a grand European adventure to track down the thief. Can there really be an equally brilliant baby mastermind criminal?

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The premise is so off-kilter, it's hard to tell whether it wants to be taken seriously as a family film or if it's aimed at very young viewers who might enjoy watching other babies on the screen. Toddlers won't notice that the plot is ridiculous, the acting is flat and the effects are tedious. However, they probably won't understand much of the script, which includes jokes that are more on the level of teens and tweens.

The story is a mish-mash of ideas that someone must have thought was cute in the script, but just seem odd in reality. Start with the kooky basic premise, now in its third iteration, of babies who speak like adults with computer animation that makes their mouths move realistically. Now there's a baby villain who hypnotizes adults with his powerful gaze, turning them into criminal servants. And a baby spy agency with teleportation technology that still needs diapers. And how did John Voight get roped into appearing here?

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the audience for this movie. Babies and toddlers probably won't get this movie, while older kids and adults are unlikely to enjoy it, so who is the intended audience?

Movie details

DVD release date:February 5, 2013
Cast:Jon Voight
Director:Sean McNamara
Studio:Anchor Bay Entertainment
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Adventures
Run time:79 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Adult Written byagnesi March 12, 2015

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I think we could learn from these babies. The positive moral is: If they can, we can do it,too. The only key is learning from every moments.
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