Parents' Guide to

The Boss Baby: Family Business

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Sibling-themed sequel will entertain young fans; mild peril.

Movie PG 2021 97 minutes
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age 5+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 8+

Slightly disturbing imagery

On the surface, this was a fine movie! I laughed out loud 2 or 3 times, it had the usual Dreamworks colorful fun, and it had a few spotty, yet moral-driven, plot lines. We are very picky on what our kids see. One of our kids is very sensitive on “weird or dark imagery”. In other words, she will probably be upset about some of the dreams that Tim has or some of the characters in the movie. There was a particularly frightening part in which a darker baby character appears from the shadows, the lights blink and she disappears, they blink again and she reappears with what looks like a knife. In the ending scenes, the parents turn into zombies. Their faces are contorted and they’re moving slowly and eerily. As far as scene pitch and stimulation, I found some of the chase scenes much too involved and fast. As an adult, it was hard to keep up visually and the overstimulation made the conversational scenes seem tedious. They say “oh my gosh” A LOT. They say “stupid” a bit. They say “butt” about 5 times in one scene. All in all, if you have a child who has nightmares after seeing strange imagery, I would wait until they’re 8 or 9 to see this movie; although, my 5 year old boy did well seeing it- I’m hoping he doesn’t repeat the aforementioned words!
age 2+

My child is now the boss baby after this

This movie turned my child into the boss baby

Is It Any Good?

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This animated sequel is more likely to entertain younger audiences than adults, but it does encourage strong sibling bonds and explains the need for parental guidance and boundaries. Director Tom McGrath, working from a script by Michael McCullers, revisits the parts of The Boss Baby that little kids enjoyed most (the antics, the animals, the rivalry-turned-teamwork), while adding in another generation of siblings in the form of Tim's two girls. With his memorable voice, Goldblum is an ideal choice as the visionary (but secretly villainous) headmaster Dr. Armstrong. He's responsible for the movie's biggest reveal (the fact that Tina is a Baby Corp. agent is included in the trailer), and it's fairly funny, even given the context of a world in which babies can talk like adults.

The subplots favor Tim, who, as a concerned stay-at-home dad disguised as a 7-year-old, prioritizes getting to know his daughter better over the brothers' overall mission. Sure, he knows his orders, but he really takes advantage of being in Tabitha's class to discover just how brilliant (and in some ways socially awkward and lonely) she is at school. Baldwin's Ted continues to milk the gravitas of his deep voice by persuading the baby room's toddlers to organize and revolt. Those scenes, with diapered babies who smear glue on themselves and act believably like infants and toddlers, are the movie's funniest. There's not much else to milk out of this franchise, but for fans of the original, this sequel hits all of the expected marks with its baby shenanigans and physical comedy bits.

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