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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this movie avoids realistic violence, sexual situations, and foul language. The film does include images of an out-of-control child and parents who are unable to control him. It shows parents engaging in reckless driving and various individuals putting personal gain in front of the well-being of children. If parents are concerned about such images, they may want to think twice about allowing kids to watch this overall harmless film.
What's the story?
Wacky inventor Wayne Szalinski (Rick Moranis) is at it again. Apparently shrinking his kids was not enough. This time he has inadvertently increased the size of his toddler, Adam. Electromagnetic forces -- televisions, lights, and microwaves -- continue to make Adam grow more and more. Unfortunately, the toddler has escaped with his "big" brother Nicky and the unsuspecting babysitter (Keri Russell), and he's heading for Las Vegas, the neon capital of the United States. Will Mr. and Mrs. Szalinski (Marsha Strassman) make it there before Adam terrorizes the city?
Is it any good?
Following on the heels of the relatively successful Honey I Shrunk the Kids, HONEY I BLEW UP THE KID attempts to capture the magic of its predecessor, with mixed results. While this sequel surely includes similar goofy inventions, it fails to repeat the excitement of the first (big bugs really do seem to trump a big baby).
Despite the somewhat tiresome plot, Moranis builds a fine rapport with the baby. While many films appear to minimize adult/toddler interaction, this film includes fabulous moments of apparent improvisation between the professor and Adam. Parents can feel relatively safe watching this goofy comedy with kids.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about issues such as science and responsibility. Are Wayne Szalinski's choices made for the benefit of his family or his own personal gain? Are the two issues one in the same? What are his main responsibilities as a parent? Do these come into conflict with his goals as a scientist or inventor? What should be of utmost importance in life? Also, the film presents questions about how science should be used. How does one balance the good of science and the good of the people?
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