Bebe's Kids

Movie review by
Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
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Simpsons-like cartoon earns its PG-13.
  • PG-13
  • 1992
  • 72 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

Parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive messages

White police and security single out the African-American children for monitoring and harassment. Kids get into Simpsons-like trouble. The adults smoke, gamble, and the men ogle women, saying things like, "she's so fine, she doesn't need to know how to type." Robin also makes lots of fat jokes. Women lie and try to undermine a new relationship. After drinking a lot, Robin gets in his car and drives away -- with kids in the car.

Violence

Lots of comic, cartoonish violence, including characters falling a long distance; getting chased by a mechanical bear and with a mallet, a la Tom and Jerry; and firing cannonballs at a boat. Grownups walk the plank for not buying their kids the toy they wanted. Kids also beat each other and one tells another he's going to "beat the black right off you." No one is seriously injured.

Sex

Leon and LaShawn kiss once. Robin and Jamika kiss once.

Language

Three uses of "damn" and "hell" each, and one use of "badass."

Consumerism

Characters mention Lane Bryant, Lee Press-On Nails, and Nintendo.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

Several characters drink and become visibly drunk. Some fall down. Several people smoke.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while this is a cartoon, it's not meant for young ones. Characters drink, smoke, gamble, leer at women, and lie. There's considerable cartoon-like violence, like kids falling long distances and lots of hitting, punching, and chasing with a mallet. No one gets hurt. And the mom of the out-of-control kids -- Bebe -- is never actually seen. She's working all the time.

User Reviews

Adult Written bydalton81000 September 18, 2011

itz just a movie

ITZ OKAIY its okay for people
Teen, 16 years old Written byUSCTrojan May 28, 2012
Teen, 14 years old Written bySgt-Samson July 3, 2010
It's a heavy flawed movie with a lot of racial stereotypes.

What's the story?

Adapted from comic Robin Harris' stand-up comedy act, BEBE'S KIDS follows the adventures of single guy Robin (voiced by Faizon Love), who vows to get close to beautiful Jamika (Vanessa Bell Calloway). He offers to take Jamika and her son Leon (Wayne Collins Jr.) to Fun World for the day. But then all hell breaks loose, in the form of LaShawn (Jonell Green), Kahlil (Marques Houston), and Pee Wee (Ton Loc) -- Bebe's kids. They are the butt of all jokes: The family arrives at Fun World and the surly racist cop exclaims, "It's Bebe's kids!" and runs away. A whirlwind of gleeful destructive energy, Bebe's kids become the reason Robin can't get close to Jamika. Needless to say, Fun World doesn't stand a chance against them. What ensues is chaos that kids will likely enjoy and parents will relate to on some level.

Is it any good?

Bebe's Kids does have some great animated stuff for kids. In the early 1990s, Harris' stand-up captivated viewers with tales of demon children and befuddled adults. It's unfortunate that the transition from comedy act to animated big-screen movie suffers from a paper-thin plot and little character development. Nonetheless, when LaShawn takes over a pleasure cruise ride and turns it into a pirate ship, taking hostages and hurling cannonballs at another pleasure cruise, kids will cheer. While kids may be attracted to the animation and hijinx, Bebe's Kids, like The Simpsons, has mature subject matter. The sheer level of drinking, smoking, gambling, and lying earn this film its PG-13 rating.

This film's rating robs it of its audience. Sure, adults may enjoy portions of it, but do they really want to watch an hour-and-10-minute movie that's so thin that the filmmakers resort to a musical montage? Probably not. And when LaShawn sings that kids suffer from a lack of freedom, parents may quibble. What she may mean is freedom from the racism that treats innocent kids as criminals and delinquents. But these kids are essentially neglected and lack any real adult guidance. The last thing they need is more freedom to roam.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the importance of helping out friends. Jamika babysits because Bebe's kids are often alone. When do you do things to help people who need it? How do you show you care about people in your neighborhood and your friends?

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