What is Boss Baby about?
Imagine if your newborn were really an employee of an organization that essentially manages the world-wide reputation of babies? Such is the premise of Boss Baby.
New parents will no doubt be able to relate to the concept of a new baby coming in and taking over, essentially becoming the new CEO of the household for a while. Whether you call your new arrival “the general” or “el jefe” (just a few of the names my fellow parents have nicknamed their babies) with a newborn at home, you feel like the baby is the boss. Your life is never the same, and the writers of Boss Baby have taken the premise to a new and very creative level.
In it Alec Baldwin is the voice of Boss Baby, who enters the lives of Mom and Dad, much to the chagrin of seven-year-old Tim. Having been an only child for so many years, he’s used to being the center of the universe, so having a new baby brother is not the happiest occasion for him. As he witnesses his parents undergo the grueling night feedings, etc., he suddenly feels neglected, even forgotten.
Then, Tim discovers Boss Baby’s secret: the little guy is essentially a grownup in a baby’s body on a mission for a secret organization: BabyCorp. The sibling rivalry spins out of control as Tim repeatedly attempts to unmask his new “little brother’s” true identity. Yet Boss Baby is relentless in the pursuit of his critical mission: keeping cute puppies from taking all the available love in the world away from babies. In Boss Baby’s world, there is only so much love to go around, after all, and he needs to preserve it for the babies around the world. The parents happen to work for a giant pet supply company that is on the verge of a breakthrough that will give puppies a serious advantage.
Boss Baby makes a deal with Tim: help him complete is mission, then he’ll return to BabyCorp headquarters forever. Boss Baby will get the corner office; Tim will have his parents to himself again. In their shared mission, the boy and the baby come to understand what it feels like to be brothers, for real, and it isn’t as bad as they thought.
What you’ll take away from Boss Baby
Boss Baby is full of wit and plenty of clever humor that parents the world over will appreciate. Besides parents, older siblings of babies will really be able to relate, and that includes my own daughter. Like Tim, she’s the 7-year-old sibling to a new baby brother (now one). I like to think that she’s the world’s best big sister, but she misses our “mother-daughter” days, and I know there are times she wants me all to herself. I got a sense that the movie hit close to home when she left the theater seeming a little sad. Be prepared for a heartfelt conversation if Boss Baby happens to mirror your own family dynamic.
Boss Baby is based on a children’s book by Marla Frazee, a wonderful children’s book author whose work you should take the time to explore. The movie has lots of action, slapstick that will make you laugh out loud, chase scenes, and, not surprisingly, potty humor. Alec Baldwin’s cutting one-liners are right out of 30 Rock, meaning that this is one kids’ film that parents won’t make parents cringe to watch with their children.