Honey, I Blew Up the Kid

 
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Silly scientific mayhem.
  • Review Date: October 31, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1992
  • Running Time: 89 minutes

What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
Consumerism

Richard Simmons Sweatin' to the Oldies, Adidas.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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?

QUALITY
 

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. 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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 17, 1992
DVD release date:October 8, 2002
Cast:Lloyd Bridges, Marcia Strassman, Rick Moranis
Director:Randal Kleiser
Studio:Buena Vista
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures
Run time:89 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:slapstick humor

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Adult Written byAllStarMom April 9, 2008
 

Annoying

I do not recommend for toddlers. My six-year old watched it. After that, he is totally obsessed over it. He keeps telling me about how he wants to "get big" and "step on people". I am not saying its a bad movie, but I am saying that you should watch out if you do not want to be annoyed.
Kid, 11 years old August 15, 2015
 
Meh, it is and interesting but less exciting and unrealistic sequel.
Adult Written bygoodgirl June 25, 2015
 

how is this a bad movie?

first of all its a Disney movie just like the first one. its a cute movie to that puts me in a good mood. There is no bad language or sexual stuff. We only see a pretty girl in a bikini but how is that bad? this is a good movie.
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