Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves

Good, clean, tiny fun.
  • Review Date: October 31, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 75 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

There are good, easily digestible lessons here: help each other; don't let bullies take advantage of you; and appreciate your parents, even if they're smaller than you are -- much smaller.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff

An uninvited kiss by a mean-spirited party crasher.

Not applicable

This film is another installment in the Honey... series.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there are some frightening situations, such as shrunken adults running from cockroaches, and that children run wild when they think their parents are away for the weekend. But the movie also offers positive lessons about standing up for yourself and respecting your parents.

What's the story?

In this third installment of the series, Wayne Szalinski's (Rick Moranis) marriage is on shaky ground again. His wife needs a vacation, and is about to head off with her sister-in-law when a rogue shrinking ray in the attic reduces them and their husbands to the size of fingernails. The four teeny adults embark on a quest through the house to alert their children to what has happened. The kids think they've been left alone for the weekend and throw a party. In the pandemonium that ensues, Wayne and his brother go for a wild bubble ride that ends in a bowl of onion dip while their wives befriend a kitchen spider. Eventually the stereo is rewired to broadcast a cry for help.

Is it any good?


This continuation of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids will appeal mostly to a young audience. It's solid entertainment for school kids with plenty of fun and good values. Sophisticated special effects, a clean, inoffensive script, and well-paced action make the third Honey a charm.

This movie offers pre-teens a titillating premise: How do you spend the weekend when your parents disappear? If you're a girl, invite some friends over, turn on the bubble machine, and play Truth or Dare. If you're a boy, read Sports Illustrated and make a chili-spewing volcano. The bonus here is seeing the carnage unfold from the shrunken parents' peculiar vantage points. They're tiny, they're in danger of being eaten, but they have their fun, too. There are good, easily digestible lessons here: help each other; don't let bullies take advantage of you; and appreciate your parents, even if they're smaller than you are -- much smaller. Hugs at the end and restored family harmony can apparently only be wrought by a gizmo that shrinks things.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about sequels. Do you think this movie is better than the original? Is that usually the case? Why or why not? What's appealing about sequels?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:October 8, 2002
DVD release date:October 8, 2002
Cast:Mila Kunis, Rick Moranis, Stuart Pankin
Director:Dean Cundey
Studio:Buena Vista
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures
Run time:75 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:mild language

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Parent of a 14 year old Written bydramaqueen@hotm... December 11, 2013
age 9+

not bad i liked it.

I like this one . it was good also 1997 a good year oh how i miss the 90's . there is a part when the boy kisses the girl and she doesn't approve and as for language i heard one bad word but it's not extremely bad. i thought this was a good one . i liked it.
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Educational value
Great messages
Too much swearing
Teen, 15 years old Written byPS2freek April 9, 2008
age 0+


its sort of weird but its ok if you have an hour to blow off watching 4 tiny people nearly get stepped on or eaten.
Teen, 14 years old Written byhorseygirl12345 October 8, 2010


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