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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Family  |  23 June 1989 (USA)
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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.



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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 <>

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This movie was filmed at the back lot of Churubusco Studios in Mexico City at the end of 1988 and the beginning of 1989. See more »


When Wayne runs to turn off the faucet on the side of the house, A pair of bluejeans is hanging on his left shoulder. In the next shot, the bluejeans are gone. See more »


Ronald 'Ron' Thompson: I could eat a corndog the size of a truck.
Russell 'Russ' Thompson, Jr.: Ron, if you had a corndog it would be the size of a truck.
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Written by Jelani Jones and Wade Stallings
Performed by Jelani Jones with Planet 10
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8 March 2002 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Honey I Shrunk the Kids is by far, one of the best movies Disney has produced. The special effects are incredible, the screeenplay is wild, and the directing is fabulous!

When scientist Wayne Szalenski (Rick Moranis) fails to get his shrinking machine to work, he decides to retire from it. But, when the kid next door known as Ron Thompson (Jared Rushton) accidently hits his baseball into the Szalenskis attic window, it ends up giving the machine power to work that it ends up shrinking Waynes furniture up there. So, when Ron goes to the house to get his ball back, he and Wayne's son Nick (Robert Oliveri) end up going up there not knowing the machine is one and ready for fire, but, they end up getting shrunk to the size of ants.

When Nick's sister Amy (Amy O' Neil) and Ron's brother Russel (Thomas Brown) go upstairs looking for them, they end up getting shrunk too! So when Wayne comes home, he destroys his machine, and cleans up the parts which ends up getting the kids put in the garbage! So now, the kids escape the garbage bag and end up falling in the backyard. They find out, that the only way they can get home is by going through the backyard!

The Thompsons (Kristine Sutherland & Matt Frewer) become suspicious along with the Szalenskis. Because now, the kids are faced into incredible suspense with yard being like a jungle. The face lawn sprinklers, a giant lawn mower, a big bee, a gigantic scorpian, and Cherrios cereal.

I don't want to spoil the rest.

Directed by the Academy Award-winning Joe Johnston (Jumanji, Jurassic Park III) and starring Rick Moranis (Ghostbusters I & II), Marcia Strassman (Another Stakeout), Jared Rushton (House Arrest, Big, Pet Semetary II), Thomas Brown (Pearl Harbor), Robert Oliveri (Edward Scissorhands), Kristine Sutherland (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Matt Frewer (Supergirl).

Honey I Shrunk the Kids is absolutley fun and awsome and is a definitley a movie for kids and parents.

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