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The Boss Baby (2017)

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A suit-wearing, briefcase-carrying baby pairs up with his 7-year old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co.

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Tom McGrath

Writers:

Michael McCullers, Marla Frazee (based on the book by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alec Baldwin ... Boss Baby (voice)
Steve Buscemi ... Francis Francis (voice)
Jimmy Kimmel ... Dad (voice)
Lisa Kudrow ... Mom (voice)
Tobey Maguire ... Adult Tim / Narrator (voice)
Miles Bakshi ... Tim (voice)
James McGrath ... Wizzie / Elvis Impersonator (voice)
Conrad Vernon ... Eugene (voice)
ViviAnn Yee ... Staci (voice) (as Viviann Yee)
Eric Bell Jr. ... Triplets (voice)
David Soren ... Jimbo (voice)
Edie Mirman ... Big Boss Baby (voice)
James Ryan James Ryan ... Story Bear (voice)
Walt Dohrn ... Photographer (voice)
Jules Winter Jules Winter ... Crying Boy / Little Boy / Boy (voice)
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Storyline

Seven-year-old Tim Templeton has always had an overactive imagination--and for the past seven years--life has been all peaches for him, getting all the love and affection from his caring parents. However, after the arrival of Boss Baby, an unexpected new brother dressed in a black suit complete with a tie and a briefcase, Tim won't be the centre of attention anymore, as the powerful sibling takes over the whole house, robbing him of all care, little by little. But, soon, Tim and the new Boss in a diaper will need to put differences aside and join forces, as a sneaky scheme involving the head of Puppy Co. threatens to tilt the balance of power towards their insidiously adorable furry antagonists, not to mention that the next Pet Convention is only in two days. Brothers, hurry up. Written by Nick Riganas

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Rated PG for some mild rude humor | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

31 March 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boss Baby See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$125,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,198,902, 2 April 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$175,003,033

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$527,965,936
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DreamWorks Animation See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The voice of Francis Francis was supposed to be provided by Kevin Spacey. He was replaced by Steve Buscemi for unknown reasons. Spacey plays Francis Underwood, a conniving politician in the Netflix series House of Cards (2013). See more »

Goofs

When Tim discovers that Boss Baby can talk, Boss Baby proceeds to analyze Tim's file by picking it up from atop his briefcase. However in the preceding shots, there is no folder on top of his briefcase. See more »

Quotes

Tim: You can't be fired from your own family. Can you?
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the closing credits, the Wizzie alarm clock tells the audience it's time to leave. See more »

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Spoofs The Matrix Reloaded (2003) See more »

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The Tra La La Song (One Banana Two Banana)
Written by N.B Winkless Jr. Richard Ziegler and Marcus Barkan Performed by The Banana Splits Courtesy of Unichappell Music Inc. Anihanbar Warner Tamerlane Publishing Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc
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'The Boss Baby:' A Disorganized and Scattered Film Unsure of Its Purpose
27 April 2017 | by obiegimmieSee all my reviews

"The Boss Baby" is a 2017 20th Century Fox animated comedy based off of a book of the same name by Marla Frazee. It is directed by Tom McGrath ("Madagascar"), with a screenplay by Michael McCullers ("Baby Mama"). The music is by Hans Zimmer ("Lion King") and Steve Mazzaro; the editing by James Ryan; and production by Ramsey Ann Naito. It stars Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock"), Steve Buscemi ("Armageddon"), Miles Bakshi, Jimmy Kimmel ("Jimmy Kimmel Live!"), Lisa Kudrow ("Friends"), and Tobey Maguire ("Spiderman"). It was announced June 12, 2014 and, after multiple incidents in which its release was delayed, was finally cinematically released March 31, 2017 (USA). "The Boss Baby"'s budget totaled at $125 million, and internationally, it profited $366 million. It runs for 1 hour, 37 minutes (97 minutes total) and is rated PG. Now to the review:

Young Tim Templeton (Miles Christopher Bakshi; adult narrator voiced by Toby Maguire) is introduced to us as a frequent dreamer; in fact, the animation style changes when the film is switching to one of his imaginings. Tim is doted one by his parents (Jimmy Kimmel and Lisa Kudrow). However, things take a turn when his obviously pregnant mother announces that Tim is about to have a baby brother. We now see a baby (Alec Baldwin) exiting a sleek limo and doing some strange dance. Why, if the mother was pregnant, is the baby clearly being transported by some otherworldly means? Are the parents in the limo? And if so, why don't we see them entering the house as well? Tim quickly learns that the baby has business-like tendencies, and that he was assigned to become a "Boss Baby" rather than grow up like everyone else. His objective is scattered; Tim's parents, who work for a puppy manufacturer, have access to a disclosed, yet potentially earth-shattering ForeverPuppy. Boss Baby must break into the Puppy Headquarters, steal the ForeverPuppy plans, and then return them to Baby Co. If he doesn't, he will get fired, thus turned into a regular baby that will remain in Tim's life for good. Tim, who obviously wants to be rid of Boss Baby, reluctantly agrees to help on his mission IF he agrees to never enter Tim's life or family again.

+ Some of the concepts are interesting; (being replaced by a younger sibling), and are lightly touched on.

+ The animation, while not Disney-level, is colorful and entertaining.

+ It will likely please young kids.

+ There are a few funny moments.

  • The plot does not make sense.


  • It becomes confusing for the watcher to separate Tim's fantasies from reality.


  • The villain is weak; and his backstory does not make sense.


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