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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.

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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 <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

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$130,724,200 (USA)
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Critical reception for this film was generally positive, and the film was a box-office success, grossing $22.2 million in its first week of release. First-week earnings surpassed Disney's "previous highest single-week record of $20.6 million recorded by Three Men and a Baby. This film went on to gross $130 million in theaters and became the sixth-highest grossing home video of 1990. A 28 Jun 1989 LAT article called Disney's decision to pair Tummy Trouble with Honey, I Shrunk the Kids "a master stroke," and suggested the film benefitted from moviegoers who were unable to secure tickets to sold-out releases of Batman (1989), the highest-grossing release with the same opening weekend as Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. See more »

Goofs

During the scorpion/ant fight the scorpion is seen using his stinger multiple times not even striking the ant but the ground. Scorpions never waste their venom in random situations or even on prey that is smaller than themselves. See more »

Quotes

Diane Szalinski: I called the police...
[sees Wayne with headlamps on his head]
Diane Szalinski: ... what's on your head?
Wayne Szalinski: I... was looking for the kids.
Diane Szalinski: Where? In a coal mine?
Wayne Szalinski: They're in the back yard.
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.175 (2013) See more »

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Written by Jeffrey Pescetto (as Jeff Pescetto) and Patrick DeRemer
Performed by Nick Kamen
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Ridiculous, cute, and fun family entertainment
14 April 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a fun movie for the entire family. Well, of course, it's ridiculous but the kids will love it and you can laugh right along with them.

The absurd tale revolves around around a nutty scientist & dad named Wayne Szalinski who is working on a machine to miniaturize objects. When his two kids plus their two neighbouring friends (the Thompsons) wander into his lab, Wayne inadvertently shrinks the four of them. Then he accidentally tosses them out in the garbage, so the poor kids have to brave the dangers of the lawn to get back to the house. And can the well intended but crazy scientist figure out how to bring the youngsters back to full size again? (Personally, my favourite aspect of the movie is the nutty father.)

The story has plenty of adventure and danger as the teensy weensy younguns brave the perils of the jungle (actually their lawn). They face thunderstorm like risks of potentially drowning in the lawn sprinkler or being attacked by giant ants, bees, & other bugs. Not to mention the lawn mower!

Avoid the TV series of the same name, but this movie has some good family messages involving the two sets of parents (the Szalinskis & the Thompsons) as well as the kids. And of course there's lots of hilarity and adventure. It should be rated higher than it is and fully deserved its popularity at the time. This film put the phrase 'Honey, I shrunk (or whatever) the kids' into people's everyday vocabulary!


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