The Boss Baby Reviewed By Jon E Clist


The Premise
A suit-wearing briefcase-carrying baby pairs up with his seven-year old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co.

The Review
It’s great when a new mostly fresh idea comes long and gets applied to the family film genre. The concept of another way that babies enter into the world probably plays into those times we joked about the literal meaning of business name “The Baby Factory”. Classic stuff.

While the core idea here of the little businessmen with the faces of babies is fresh and a lot of fun, it still plays firmly into my theory that the cinema world generally works in twos. Remember when we had Deep Impact and Armageddon? Or perhaps Dantes Peak and Volcano? These are just a couple of examples of this double up that Hollywood seems to do. So, after Storks came out last year it only makes sense that another animated film should come out that explores the delivery of babies into the arms of loving parents.

I can sort of understand this concept if it were released about many decades ago, as it did seem rather typical for parents to use interesting and rather far -fetched stories to explain where babies come from. However, these days we tend to be a little more scientific in our approach and for those kids who wonder about the origin of babies, we tend to tell them the truth, or at least a watered-down version.

The Boss Baby's line, "Cookies are for closers" is a parody of Alec Baldwin's famous line from Glengarry Glen Ross, "Coffee is for closers!"

Anyway, could you have ever imagined someone thinking to cast Alec Baldwin in the role of a baby? I am not sure I could have ever thought of it but this is genius and as a central point of the story is pivotal to the comedic landscape. It certainly helps to be surrounded by other great talents such as Steve Buscemi, Lisa Kudrow and Jimmy Kimmel.

The Verdict
A whole lot funnier than I thought it would be and it was well enjoyed by the mixed age audience!

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 13th April 2017
Rating: G
Duration: 97 minutes 
Genre:  Animated, Family
Starring: Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Lisa Kudrow, Jimmy Kimmel
Director: Tom McGrath (Megamind)

The Extras
This is the first time Alec Baldwin and Lisa Kudrow have worked together since Friends (1994).

Kevin Spacey was going to voice a character, but was replaced by Steve Buscemi.

This will be Alec Baldwin's third Dreamworks animated film. His first was Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008) and his second was Rise of the Guardians (2012).

The first trailer was released on National Boss's Day.

Tobey Maguire replaced Patton Oswalt.

Miles Christopher Bakshi's acting debut.

This will be Tom McGrath's second time not co-directing a movie. His first time was for Megamind (2010).

Tobey Maguire and Alec Baldwin were co-stars in Cats & Dogs (2001), where they both voiced dogs.

This is Alec Baldwin's fifth animated voice role after The Fairly OddParents: Channel Chasers (2004), The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004), Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008), and Rise of the Guardians (2012).

The Boss Baby will be the 34th Feature Film by Dreamworks Animations.

Tobey Maguire will be doing the narration of the movie.

First trailer premiered on October 17, 2016.


After Megamind, The Boss Baby will be 2nd directorial by Tom Mcgrath outside the Madagascar Series