Movie Review: Honey I Blew Up the Kid

by Catherine McCafferty
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honey i blew up the kid

  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Running Time: 89 minutes

A Larger Than Life Family Film

Once again, the Szalinskis give a larger-than-life twist on the everyday problems any family might face. Nick, the son who was shrunk in the first movie, has grown into a guitar-loving teen who has a crush on Mandy, Adam's baby-sitter. Nick also struggles with his annoying but lovable little brother who goes after his guitar and his dad who alternately impresses and embarrasses him. Mom Diane is still leery (rightfully so) of leaving Wayne in charge of the kids. Wayne is still the underappreciated "some kind of inventor." So when Adam gets big, all their problems grow with him. Adam is a typical toddler, but now he can destroy a house and "toy" cars. Nick now has to explain his giant baby brother and his father's inventions to a very conventional potential girlfriend who ends up with him in Adam's oversized overalls pocket. Diane has to explain to Wayne that she's more worried about Adam than her husband's ego.

So actually, when you get down to it, they're just like every other family -- with a super-duper-sized toddler. Really.

Kids Will Like:

It's funny to watch a really big baby dance the Hokey Pokey or do any normal baby-type thing. The typical things you might find in a toddler's pocket make a survival cache for Nick and Mandy: there's a giant raisin for Mandy who's "on a diet" and a giant candy for Nick, plus a loose thread they can use to escape the pocket.

Parents Will Like:

The styles and music are a blast from the past, complete with Richard Simmons exercising to Grand Funk Railroad's version of The Locomotion. It's also funny to see Wayne's futuristic "inventions" that have become modern realities. His "cell phone" is a helmet with antennae and a mouthpiece; his solar-powered van is covered with solar panels that give it an insect-like appearance. There's also the fun of seeing a baby's-eye view of Las Vegas.

In the end, there is the message (delivered by the conventional baby-sitter--!) that "the world needs people who are different" and who see things differently.

Heads Up:

Very mild swearing. Diane punches out Dr. Hendrickson after he tries to shoot Adam with tranquilizer darts.

Own It?

Yes, this one will get repeat viewings, especially among little kids who wish they could be big enough to do whatever they want.

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