Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves

Movie review by
Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media
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Good, clean, tiny fun.
  • PG
  • 2002
  • 75 minutes

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

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
Sexy Stuff

An uninvited kiss by a mean-spirited party crasher.

Language
Consumerism

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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

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  • Kids say
Adult Written bymjb2 May 13, 2016

Fun to share this series with my kids

I'm pretty conservative on what I let my two girls 10 and 6.5 watch. I shared the first movie in this series with them earlier this year. This one came u... Continue reading
Parent of a 11-year-old Written bymcghol April 19, 2020

reviewing just to comment on product placement

I just wanted to correct CSM's "consumerism" rating--this movie has more product placement than any I've seen. Trix cereal, Lays potato chi... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bya_smarty May 21, 2020
Teen, 14 years old Written byhorseygirl12345 October 8, 2010

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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