When Alec Baldwin’s Jack Donaghy (30 Rock) voice comes out of his mouth, I can’t help but chuckle. I laughed and laughed at “The BOSS BABY!”
The Boss Baby Family Business Review
One in which Baldwin in-jokes (his “Glengarry Glen Ross” hardcase sales manager) pepper the language of an animated story about a bossy, business-suited baby taking command of a menace to babies everywhere by leading his astonished elder sibling on a secret mission? Hilarious.
“Drop… that… cookie!” In closing, “Cookies are a must!”
It’s been four years and one 50-episode TV series later, and the “Boss Baby” has ran out of jokes. Furthermore, those looking to capitalise on the “Baby with Baldwin’s voice” joke in new ways are at a loss.
It is a sequel to the TV show to the earlier movie, with an adult Theodore Templeton (Baldwin still) tearing up the corporate world, too busy to marry, and quick to over-gift his brother Tim (James Marsden) and his family (Eva Longoria) for the times he isn’t with them.
When Tim learned that Theodore was formerly Baby Corp’s diapered top agent/”fixer,” he had no idea that Theodore had a daughter of his own and a new baby in the house.
What’s this? Tina’s calling is the same as Theodore’s was. Amy Sedaris lends her voice as if she were a baby on Red Bull on a deadline.
There is a tooth about to fall out of my mouth since I’ve been on hold so long!
Jeff Goldblum is running an organisation called Acorn Corp, a “Baby Geniuses”-style “Little Einsteins” business that aims to maximise the potential of every child and shames parents everywhere with “The only thing holding your child back?”
Pampered, coddled American babies know it as “The End of Childhood.” We also have to put a stop to Acorn and Dr Armstrong! In order for Theodore and Tim to go undercover as infants and siblings at the Acorn Academy, they must be de-aged (by accident).
Do your dirty work first, then get out of there.
“Shawshank? Who wants to play?”
Goldblum’s is one of many that I particularly enjoy. This Dr. Armstrong is being suckered dry by him in all languages, with each and every sour vowel said by the fictional figure.
After all these years, it’s still the Baldwin show, with jokes about Norma Rae and “Night of the Living Boomers,” as well as barbs at public radio (Baldwin has hosted a show there). He also sings “Strangers in the Night.”
One-liners of the calibre of “What a buncha diaper-sniffers” and “What the frittata?”
Overall, it’s not a disaster; rather, it’s a pain. On the other hand, they’ve stolen what could have been an adorable concept and stomped all the life out of it. It’s time to give this boss baby a pacifier so we can get this party started.
Role players include Alec Baldwin, James Marsden, Amy Sedaris, Jeff Goldblum, Eva Longoria, Lisa Kudrow, and Jimmy Kimmel, who all lend their talents to the project.
Tom McGrath directed the film, which was written by Michael McCullers based on Marla Frazee’s characters. This is a worldwide release.
1 minute and 47 seconds.