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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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Little Russ Thompson (as Thomas Brown)
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Martin Aylett ...
Harold Boorstein


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

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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 3 Men and a Baby (1987). 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 (1989) with Honey, I Shrunk the Kids "a master stroke," and suggested the film benefited 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 »


In film Scorpion's size was shown equal to the size of an Ant. This is impossible if compared to real life. See more »


[first lines]
Mailman: Good morning, Quark.
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Referenced in TaleSpin: The Incredible Shrinking Molly (1991) See more »


Theme from 'Amarcord'
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A very strange adventure/comedy motion picture
1 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

"Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" is a quite unusual adventure/comedy film, one of the most eccentric movies of all time. It's one of those live-actions films produced by Disney's studios.

The movie's title refers to Wayne Szalinski, a stereotypical nutty/mad scientist. He invents a machine with the ability of shrinking objects to a size even smaller than ants. This character is portrayed by Rick Moranis, the perfect actor for a role like this (with his intellectual looks).

Rick Moranis is funny as Wayne Szalinski, Matt Frewer is hilarious as the impatient and temperamental "Big" Russell Thompson. The kids also do a good job: Thomas Wilson Brown as the clever "Little" Russell Thompson, Jared Rushton as the paranoid Ron Thompson and Robert Oliveri as the nerd Nick Szalinski. One of the funniest parts for me is when "little" Russell forces his brother Ron to confess that he broke Szalinski's window with his baseball.

The Szalinski kids (Nick and Amy) and the Thompson kids ("Little" Russell and Ron, the Szalinski's neighbors) are accidentally shrunk by the machine and thrown into the garbage by accident. Because they are so tiny, they live a big adventure full of dangers and nightmares (from insects to a remote-controlled lawn mower) until reaching their house, something which would only take seconds on their normal size.

The story becomes a bit odd and of a somehow discussable taste, but it also makes the difference... for good and for bad. However, I must be fair: at least this is a thousand times better than those stupid "Problem Child" movies. Not that they have anything in common, but...

Overall, nothing extraordinary, but amusing, hilarious, great fun, entertaining, original, bizarre and with some funny lines («French class» is just one among many others). There's also a certain 80's charm on it.

The success of this movie inspired a very imaginative 3D film created as an amusement for Disneyland parks around the world called "Honey, I Shrunk the Audience".

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