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The Boss Baby: Something for Everyone

Earlier this month, my sister, Shan and I, along with a group of L.A. mom’s, dad’s and kids, attended a screening of DreamWorks’ “The Boss Baby”, an adorable, touching, and hilarious animated movie adapted from Marla Frazee’s acclaimed children’s book of the same name. The screening was followed by a Q & A with Lisa Kudrow, Director Tom McGrath, and Producer Ramsey Ann Naito, moderated by Denise Albert and Melissa Gerstein, AKA TheMOMS.

Photo courtesy of The MOMS

I am a long time fan of the smart, funny, beautiful Lisa Kudrow, so I was psyched to hear a little about what went on behind the scenes. And as a bonus, we got a snapshot into Kudrow’s mind. For a quick peek, take a look at this video where she answers rapid-fire questions from The MOMS in 60 seconds.

So what about the movie? Well, imagine 30 Rock’s, Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) as a baby… a very bossy baby. Now imagine, a young boy, Tim, whose parents, voiced by Lisa Kudrow and Jimmy Kimmel, read him not one, but four bedtime stories and sing him “Blackbird” each night before he falls asleep. Life is bliss for little Tim. That is, until a baby brother gets dropped on him, shattering his perfect “only child” existence.

Feeling neglected and maybe unloved, Tim’s skepticism of the interloper is confirmed, when he realizes his “boss baby” brother has a sinister agenda. Tim is determined to stop him.

It’s not hard to see why a young, once “only child” would feel forgotten when his mom and dad are too exhausted to continue doting on him, because the demands of a new younger sibling have taken over. And many, both young and old can relate to this experience. Although there are some sad and tender moments laced through the movie, this is balanced with action and a ton of humor that had the kids in the screening audience howling.

There’s plenty for parents as well. If you were a “30 Rock” fan like Shan and me, the role of Boss Baby seems perfect for Alec Baldwin, and we, in fact, learned during the Q & A that the screenplay was adapted with him in mind for the role. As you can imagine, much of the humor is adult, though it’s subtle enough for kids’ ears. In other words, there’s something to appeal to everyone.

Parents may also appreciate the example set of the camaraderie that develops over time when the brothers find common ground and a reason to team up. Don’t we all want our kids to get along?

All in all, this is a movie your kids will find entertaining and you will find funny on an adult level that flies over your kids’ heads. And this is what makes “The Boss Baby” a brilliant and undeniably entertaining family movie. I don’t have kids myself, but as an auntie, I loved it. If you, like me, don’t have young kids, offer up some babysitting services, grab the little ones, and go see this movie. It will make you laugh. If you do have kids, it’s a no brainer.

“The Boss Baby” just arrived on March 31st.




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