Is the new DreamWorks animated film sequel ok for children? The Boss Baby: Family Business Movie Review | Safe for Kids?, an honest parent look at the Boss Baby sequel film. No spoilers! #BossBaby May contain commissioned links.
The Boss Baby: Family Business Movie Review | Safe for Kids?
He’s back in the diaper again. Boss Baby 2, aka The Boss Baby: Family Business, is here this summer to add some cuteness to the family movie lineup. But does the baby charm end here?
The DreamWorks Boss Baby franchise has been a huge hit with kids. Yes, even mine. And though I don’t quite understand what makes the Ted and Tim brother team so enticing, there’s something in those big baby eyes and cute chubby cheeks that keep families coming back for more. Even with the following hit streaming series, I don’t know if the world is ready for a Boss Baby sequel.
But is The Boss Baby: Family Business safe for kids to see? In this The Boss Baby: Family Business Movie Review | | Safe for Kids?, we discuss the visuals, the story (no spoilers!), and fully breakdown the PG rating for violence, language and adult themes, ultimately helping to guide parents to this family summer film. Is it worth paying for streaming/watching in theaters? Or should we skip this Boss Baby sequel? Let’s go all in, full diaper!
Per usual, DreamWorks knows how to turn up the cuteness when it comes to animated babies. Using bright colors, bubbly feels and lots of animated action, The Boss Baby: Family Business is a visual treat for little kids. For those who have been following The Boss Baby franchise via the first film and the streaming series, this film fits right in for a visually appealing film. No need for upgrading the movie watching experience.
The brother duo is back! The story follows the return of Ted and Tim and their continuing relationship as brothers, but boy, have times changed. A new villain, a new grown-up family, a new Boss Baby leader but more of the same baby antics, this Boss Baby sequel film has more than one loaded diaper up their sleeves. But through the mayhem, action and strange baby/adult one liners, I continue to scratch my head and say “did we really need a Boss Baby 2?” Honestly, I’m asking. Did anyone ask for this sequel?
With the returning voice talent of Alec Baldwin as Ted and newcomer James Marsden (“Sonic the Hedgehog“) as Tim and Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Armstrong (“Thor: Ragnarok”), we follow a weird story that is full of questions…and not enough answers. Somewhere between the baby babble, the new characters intros and the chaos we do find an underlying theme of the importance of family – and that growing up doesn’t have to separate the ultimate family bond. But after that, it’s another Boss Baby movie. That’s it.
That PG Rating
Is The Boss Baby: Family Business ok for kids or too scary? It’s no secret that I am highly skeptical of all child age ratings (um hello, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker not disclosing any language??). But you also know how I feel about PG ratings especially. With MPAA ratings unpredictable these days, PG rating oscillating between Incredibles 2 intense and Christopher Robin calm, having fully disclosed parent guidelines can be super helpful in determining if a movie is safe for your whole family to watch, especially being the first DreamWorks theater release since Abominable.
Why is The Boss Baby: Family Business rated PG? Is this The Boss Baby: Family Business Movie Review | Safe for Kids? DreamWorks’ Boss Baby sequel is rated PG for “rude humor, mild language and some action.” Is The Boss Baby: Family Business safe for kids to watch? Or should parents be worried about a possibly crude movie awakening? Let’s breakdown that MPAA rating.
Violence. As per usual, mayhem and chaos reign in The Boss Baby world. Public property destruction, babies with swords and mild action fighting are seen throughout the film. All very cartoon-like and nothing believable or graphic. There is also mild child bullying (between kids) and encouragement of disobedience at school and at home. All of these violence themes very similar to the original Boss Baby film and series.
There is a nipple twisting scene that did seem unnecessary though. There are also mild horror type references in the film, with a creepy character and a few other “creepy moments” that may be nightmare territory for young kids.
Adult Themes. Butts. Lots of butts. Baby butts, child butts, and butt jokes, The Boss Baby: Family Business is definitely trying to appeal to the kid crowd. Full butt nudity, mild underwear partial nudity, and crude jokes sprinkled throughout, that’s about as deep as the adult themes go. Thank goodness.
Language. Overall, The Boss Baby: Family Business keeps it ALMOST clean. There’s one “h-e-double-hockey-sticks” moment. After that, it’s all mild phrases including “You suck” being said multiple times in a row (yikes, kids may be walking away with a new phrase), mild insults including “dum dum,” “stupid,” “dork,” “dweeb,” “nerd” and “geek.” There are a few other choice phrases including “release heck,” “what the frittata,” and and the spoken letters “OMG.”
What Age Rating Is Recommended for Kids to Watch The Boss Baby: Family Business?
Is The Boss Baby: Family Business kid friendly? At 1 hour and 47 minutes long, this film is definitely on pace with the usual kid-friendly animated films. Lots of action, appealing visuals and funny one liners, there’s definitely enough on-screen time of Ted and Tim to keep the original Boss Baby fans happy.
However, kids may be picking up more than one new phrase to share with the family again and again. What age is recommended to watch The Boss Baby: Family Business movie? I would recommend kids as young as 4-5 years old, if you approve of the mild language references. I definitely recommend the streaming option on Peacock if you have wiggle worms at home. You can easily pause the film for them. But is The Boss Baby: Family Business worth paying to watch in theaters?
Yeah, that would be a big N-O from me.
Well, it’s the sequel that no one asked for, but now we have one. Honestly, I still don’t understand the full appeal of why kids love The Boss Baby franchise. But hey, the kids and parents that love this DreamWorks duo, they’ll probably love it. But for anyone else who’d rather watch a family film with more substance, we may be a little too “grown up” for The Boss Baby: Family Business.
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