Movies & Videos
Navigation Bar
Navigation Bar

    Related Item
'Baby Geniuses'

By Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, March 12, 1999

  Movie Critic

Baby Geniuses These little ones talk in a secret code in "Baby Geniuses." (Sony Pictures)

Bob Clark
Kathleen Turner;
Christopher Lloyd;
Peter MacNicol;
Kim Cattrall;
Ruby Dee;
Seth Adkins;
Dom DeLuise
Running Time:
1 hour, 33 minutes
Parental guidance suggested

Marketplace Online Shopping

Compare prices
for this movie

Find local video stores
WP yellowpages
More movie shopping

Save money with NextCard Visa

Even if you buy the basic premise of this misbegotten dreck – that baby-talk is actually an ancient language intelligible only to those below the age of 3 – it will remind you less of "Look Who's Talking" than "Look Who Won't Shut Up About Diaper Gravy."

Other than the yuks that are wrung out of this brand new catch-phrase, the laughs are few, far between and pretty darn faint in this comedy from director and co-writer Bob Clark (of "Porky's" fame). The story concerns a pair of evil researchers (Kathleen Turner and Christopher Lloyd) who have separated a pair of genius twins, Sly and Whit (played by cute triplets Leo, Myles and Gerry Fitzgerald), at birth to prove some cockamamie theory about "limbic activity" and "stored knowledge from an earlier generation." Sly is being brought up like a lab rat at a corporation called Babyco, while Whit has been adopted by a couple of simpering child-care experts (Kim Cattrall and Peter MacNicol) who believe they are on the verge of decoding goo-goo-ga-ga talk. Lloyd gets upstaged by his ridiculous make-up, which makes him look like Vladimir Ilych Lenin, and the shrieking Turner makes Cruella De Vil look like a wallflower.

The funniest moment comes when Sly dresses up like Travolta from "Saturday Night Fever" and boogies to "Stayin' Alive." (Okay, we've all seen the dancing baby on "Ally McBeal.") The worst line comes in response to Sly's suggestion to an infant in a baby buggy to take off her clothes. She says, "Okay, slick, but at least you can take me to dinner." I don't even want to think about why that is supposed to be funny. This is a movie for kids?


© Copyright 1999 The Washington Post Company

Back to the top

Navigation Bar
Navigation Bar