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Boss Baby, The


Stars: Voices: Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Miles Bakshi, Tobey Maguire, James McGrath

Director: Tom McGrath

Chances are Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde would have appreciated SKG’s animated tale of a young lad whose idyllic family life is disrupted by the arrival of a new baby brother.

Jekyll and, especially, cinemagoing youngsters in search of plentiful crass comedy involving pratfalls, snot humour, projectile vomiting and the sight of someone with spaghetti emerging from a nostril – to say nothing of a plethora of shots of naked baby bottoms with unsubtle humour to match, all delivered in finest subtlety-lacking American cartoon style – will doubtless have a ball watching seven-year-old Tim (doubling as narrator) trying to deal with the infant invader.

That said, undemanding kids will doubtless enjoy themselves watching this fast-moving, frequently illogical adventure which, starting with ‘Cheek to Cheek’ on the soundtrack, gets cheekier and cheekier by the minute and chucks in scads Elvis impersonators, plus a luxury executive aircraft designed to arouse justifiable envy among all those who not profiting from this gaudy SKG merry-go-round. The animation is excellent.

Alan Frank

USA 2017. UK Distributor: 20th Century Fox. Colour.
93 minutes. Widescreen. UK certificate: U.

Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 1, Violence/Horror 0, Drugs 0, Swearing 0.

Review date: 30 Jul 2017

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