The Boss Baby

Julia Berry (11th), Reporter

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The Boss Baby is an animated comedy inspired by Marla Frazee’s popular picture book. The movie follows a suit wearing, briefcase carrying baby named Boss Baby and his seven-year old brother Tim. They put their issues aside to team up and to stop the evil plot of the CEO of Puppy Co.

The main purpose and theme of The Boss Baby is to address issues related to sibling rivalry. Particularly to address an older child’s fears that there will be less love after a new baby arrives. It is quite clear that much of the movie is played for laughs and humor and it is not mean to to be taken seriously.

It is not surprising that a film about babies and puppies is not going to include much depth. It is also not surprising that in a film about babies there is plenty of body and potty humor, including an explosive fake barf sequence, bare baby bottoms, and use of words like “fart,” “poop,” and “doody.”

The Critic’s consensus on Rotten Tomatoes was, “The Boss Baby’s talented cast, glimmers of wit, and flashes of visual inventiveness can’t make up for a thin premise and a disappointing willingness to settle for doody jokes.”

Many things in the movie were left unsaid and have some explaining to do. One thing is the way the movie treats puppies. It portrays them like a factory produced product and this may bother some viewers. Another questionable instance is the fact that the boys travel to Las Vegas on their own. Finally, the movie’s take on where babies come from definitely has some explaining to do.

When Alyson Berry was interviewed, she said, “The movie was cute and not as dumb as I thought it would be. I was pleasantly surprised by how funny and cute the movie actually was. With that said, I think it lacked substance and depth and it was confusing at times but what else can you expect from a kids movie about babies and puppies?”

At its best, The Boss Baby is a movie about a little boy learning to understand that not everything is always going to be about him, and the ways he tries to fight against the harsh reality of that. As well as, two siblings learning to work together and get along. Boss Baby shows is the perfect example to show that it is not easy to make a deep, thought provoking movie around a two word

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