6.3/10
119,310
82 user 31 critic

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)

The scientist father of a teenage girl and boy accidentally shrinks his and two other neighborhood teens to the size of insects. Now the teens must fight diminutive dangers as the father searches for them.

Director:

Writers:

(story), (story) | 3 more credits »
Reviews
Popularity
817 ( 1,065)

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 10 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

The Szalinski family is back, this time hilarious disaster strikes when an experiment causes their new toddler son to grow many stories tall.

Director: Randal Kleiser
Stars: Rick Moranis, Marcia Strassman, Robert Oliveri
Space Jam (1996)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In a desperate attempt to win a basketball match and earn their freedom, the Looney Tunes seek the aid of retired basketball champion, Michael Jordan.

Director: Joe Pytka
Stars: Michael Jordan, Wayne Knight, Theresa Randle
Action | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A martial arts master agrees to teach karate to a bullied teenager.

Director: John G. Avildsen
Stars: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue
Casper (1995)
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A paranormal expert and his daughter bunk in an abandoned house populated by three mischievous ghosts and one friendly one.

Director: Brad Silberling
Stars: Bill Pullman, Christina Ricci, Cathy Moriarty
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

After a bitter divorce, an actor disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend time with his children held in custody by his former wife.

Director: Chris Columbus
Stars: Robin Williams, Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan
Hook (1991)
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When Captain Hook kidnaps his children, an adult Peter Pan must return to Neverland and reclaim his youthful spirit in order to challenge his old enemy.

Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Julia Roberts
Flubber (1997)
Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

An absent-minded professor discovers "flubber," a rubber-like super-bouncy substance.

Director: Les Mayfield
Stars: Robin Williams, Marcia Gay Harden, Christopher McDonald
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A toon-hating detective is a cartoon rabbit's only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder.

Director: Robert Zemeckis
Stars: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Wayne Szalinzki, a wacky, absent-minded inventor, is back again but only this time he decides to use his infamous shrink machine just one more time. His wife Diane asks him to get rid of ... See full summary »

Director: Dean Cundey
Stars: Rick Moranis, Eve Gordon, Bug Hall
Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A woman kidnaps puppies to kill them for their fur, but various animals then gang up against her and get their revenge in slapstick fashion.

Director: Stephen Herek
Stars: Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels, Joely Richardson
Family | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.

Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote
Stuart Little (1999)
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The Little family adopt a charming young mouse named Stuart, but the family cat wants rid of him.

Director: Rob Minkoff
Stars: Michael J. Fox, Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
Little Russ Thompson (as Thomas Brown)
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Trevor Galtress ...
Male Cop
Martin Aylett ...
Harold Boorstein
Edit

Storyline

Wayne Szalinski is your average "nutty scientist", working on a top secret machine that shrinks objects. When it unexpectedly starts working, he's so amazed he forgets to tell his family to be careful. And when they wander into his lab... Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The most astonishing, innovative, backyard adventure of all time!


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

23 June 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Grounded  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,262,961, 25 June 1989, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$130,724,172

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$222,724,172
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Sets and props took more than nine months to build. A May/June 1989 Disney Channel Magazine article reported that twelve houses, complete with front and backyards, were built in addition to a ten-foot-tall oatmeal cookie made from polyurethane foam and real cream filling, forty-foot-tall urethane foam blades of grass, and a giant mechanical ant that required a dozen puppeteers to operate. The ant was constructed using latex foam core and horse hair, and recreated for stop-motion sequences in which the children rode atop the insect. See more »

Goofs

After the kids are shrunk and Szalinski destroys his machine, he thoroughly sweeps the floor of the attic, ridding it of both the broken microchips and the kids. In spite of this, his shrunken thinking couch and chair are still on the attic floor undisturbed an hour or so later. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mailman: Good morning, Quark.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Bruce Willis/Neil Young (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Fire
Written by Jelani Jones and Wade Stallings
Performed by Jelani Jones with Planet 10
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The Good & Bad Of 'Honey, I Shrunk The Kids'
6 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

BAD - In the first half of the film, the kids were annoying at times, picking on each other; the teen romance was slightly sappy, and all three fathers in the film were pictured as stupid nerds. That's PC bigotry. They never picture mothers like that, only the fathers.

GOOD - At least those nerdy parents were loving parents who cared about their kids. And, at least they were together, unlike most Hollywood films in the past 35 years. The little kid with the glasses was neat. Some of the special effects were good. The sight of parents trying to find their kids in the backyard while suspended in the air was funny. Matt Frewer had a great line, while observing Rick Moranis: "What a waste of skin!" The film had a nice ending.

OVERALL - Nothing super, but overall was an enjoyable, lighthearted, non- offensive movie.


15 of 29 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 82 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page