“The Boss Baby: Family Business”

I would be the first to accuse film critics of going into “The Boss Baby: Family Business” without an open mind. When there’s an unwanted sequel that feels like a misstep right out of the gate, it’s human nature to dismiss the entire thing as just another mindless piece of garbage. No matter how unbiased your approach or high your tolerance may be for awful animated movies, there are very few redeemable qualities in this unimaginative, uninspired misstep.

The plot brings back the Templeton brothers, Tim (James Marsden) and Ted (Alec Baldwin). The two are now adults with real world jobs and responsibilities. Former boss baby Ted is now a hedge fund CEO who flies around in his private helicopter and tosses around $100 bills like candy. Tim has gone the family man route, and is a stay-at-home dad to two daughters, Tabitha (Ariana Greenblatt) and a precocious little girl named Tina (Amy Sedaris). It’s revealed that Tina is an agent for Baby Corp. In other words, she’s basically boss baby part two. It’s a tired retread of the original film (some of the same jokes make an appearance), but not nearly as interesting. The most creative element of the story is that Ted and Tim are given a special formula that turns them back into kids so they can become secret agents.

It’s not a totally horrible idea for a movie, but this sequel isn’t well done. The voice actors are fine, but not particularly well-cast. Sedaris has a sarcastic quality that fits with her character, but it doesn’t take long for Tabitha’s corporate burnout shtick to become extremely irritating. The jokes are for moms and dads working long hours at jobs they hate in offices that suck their souls dry, day in and day out. This is what makes “The Boss Baby: Family Business” unable to reach even the most basic bar that should be set for a movie: that of an enjoyable vehicle for escape. Not only is it a subpar animated film, it’s not even fun to watch.

By: Louisa Moore

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