Reviewed by: Debbie Blanton
Starring: Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Kim Cattrall, Peter MacNicol / Director: Bob Clark
All babies are born with the knowledge of the secrets of the universe and the ability to speak with each other. What adults hear as “baby talk” is actually sophisticated conversation. That’s the general idea behind this movie. Most people love babies… so why not have a movie that shows babies speaking actual words, dancing, and sounding like grown ups? “Baby Geniuses” could just as well have been called “Babies with a ’Tude.”
Dr. Elena Kinder (Kathleen Turner) is the scheming, wildly ambitious boss at BABYCO, the world’s largest manufacturer of baby products. However, what the public does not know is that she also funds a secret research lab together with her partner in crime, Dr. Heep (Christopher Lloyd), devoted solely to cracking the baby code that she is convinced exists. When Sly, the best and brightest of these baby geniuses, escapes from the secret lab and finds himself in the outside world, Drs. Kinder and Heap must work quickly to recapture him before he blows the lid off of their secret forever. Sly organizes the babies in the outside world to invade the secret lab in order to free the baby geniuses and bring down Dr. Kinder’s evil empire once and for all.
Generally, I think everyone who likes babies will think this movie is cute, and all the kids that were in the theater when I saw it had a ball. There were a couple of uses of profanity, one of which came from Sly, the lead baby (which I really didn’t care to hear coming from a “baby”). There was a lot of cute special effects and computer generation; unfortunately, it didn’t appear to be “real” (but that is forgivable as we know that babies aren’t able to do half the stuff they did in the movie anyway—or can they?) There was a LOT of attitude coming from the babies throughout the entire movie. There were also a few other instances of rude behavior and dialogue.
If your looking for a few laughs “Baby Geniuses” is pretty entertaining. Children seem to enjoy this movie even more than many adults. I won’t be putting this on my “to buy” list when it is available on video. However, if you are looking for a good, fairly clean movie with a lot of attitude and cuteness then you’re in for an entertaining time.
Year of Release—1999