Honey, I Blew Up the Kid

Movie review by
Kelly Kessler, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Silly scientific mayhem.
  • PG
  • 1992
  • 89 minutes

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 10 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

While the majority of the characters are trying to do what is the best for the baby, irresponsible parents put the toddler in jeopardy in the first place. In addition, one scientist is far more interested in his own career than helping the innocent (and enormous) toddler.

Violence & Scariness

Humorous tying up of unsuspecting babysitter, reckless driving, humorous roughhousing due to contrasting scale between the baby and everything else, minor threat of violence from bad guys who are trying to stop the baby, minor fisticuffs.

Sexy Stuff

Minor teenage boy/girl kiss.

Language
Consumerism

Richard Simmons Sweatin' to the Oldies, Adidas.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 5-year-old Written byAlexis A. March 5, 2021

I think it was really funny! says my five year old

My five year says:
I like the kid who blew up the best. I think the kids voice was really cute.
Parent of a 4-year-old Written byMokir C. February 7, 2021

Generally good, some sensual material

Overall, children will enjoy the movie but there are some sensual moments that may be inappropriate for younger viewers in my opinion.

There is a scene at the... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bymurdermystery July 24, 2020

Super Exciting

HONEY, I BLEW UP THE KID contains mild flirting and good messages. Parents should know about the mild scariness in violence.
Written byAnonymous May 21, 2020

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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