Uninspired and predictable, this kid’s film runs exceptionally long, and seems to be more of a parable about siblings than anything else.
A suit-wearing briefcase-carrying baby pairs up with his seven-year old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co.
You can actually hear Alec Baldwin’s distaste for the script in his vocal performance and while this works for his cynical character that alone is almost funnier than any other aspect of the film. The script is lacking in plot and jokes. Every laugh was predictable and none of the jokes were original. With a cast of A grade performers including, Baldwin, Lisa Kudrow, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel and Toby Maguire you think there would’ve been another redeeming feature, but there isn’t. Not even credible star power was able to save the film.
My question for the filmmakers is who is the target audience, it’s too long and at times scary for younger children, but anyone over 10 will be bored by it - it’s dumb. The filmmakers seem to really have limited their audience on this one.
Overall the problem with this film is despite the interesting premise the execution is dumb. One to avoid, unless your children drag you kicking and screaming.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of 20th Century Fox