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Honey, I Blew Up the Kid Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 6+

Silly scientific mayhem.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie avoids realistic violence, sexual situations, and foul language. The film does include images of an out-of-control child and parents who are unable to control him. It shows parents engaging in reckless driving and various individuals putting personal gain in front of the well-being of children. If parents are concerned about such images, they may want to think twice about allowing kids to watch this overall harmless film.

  • Families can talk about issues such as science and responsibility. Are Wayne Szalinski's choices made for the benefit of his family or his own personal gain? Are the two issues one in the same? What are his main responsibilities as a parent? Do these come into conflict with his goals as a scientist or inventor? What should be of utmost importance in life? Also, the film presents questions about how science should be used. How does one balance the good of science and the good of the people?

The good stuff
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    Messages: While the majority of the characters are trying to do what is the best for the baby, irresponsible parents put the toddler in jeopardy in the first place. In addition, one scientist is far more interested in his own career than helping the innocent (and enormous) toddler.

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: Humorous tying up of unsuspecting babysitter, reckless driving, humorous roughhousing due to contrasting scale between the baby and everything else, minor threat of violence from bad guys who are trying to stop the baby, minor fisticuffs.

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    Sexy stuff: Minor teenage boy/girl kiss.

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    Language: Not applicable

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    Consumerism: Richard Simmons Sweatin' to the Oldies, Adidas.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable

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