A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The children travel to London, Paris, and other major European destinations, where they see some of the famous sights.
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.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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?
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