The Boss Baby
2017
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Director: Tom McGrath
Cast: Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Miles Bakshi, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Conrad Vernon, James McGrath, David Soren

Somewhere an assembly line is churning out babies which are either sent to families or to work in management. 7-year-old Tim Templeton gets a bossy baby brother who perhaps should have become a bureaucrat at Baby Corp. Like Storks, this painfully exhausting animation provides its own wacky theory of where babies come from. It is unclear whether it is all just an extended dream sequence fueled by Tim’s fears, but in any case the story doesn’t make any sense to me at any point on any level. For me to appreciate the jokes and references, I must be at least partially onboard. The premise may be original, but clever or funny it isn’t. Based on Marla Frazee’s picture book.