Peyton and Eli Manning. Chris and Liam Hemsworth. Fred and Ben Savage. Joe, Nick and Kevin Jonas. Alec and those other Baldwins. Those blonde kids that sang “MMMMM Bop”. What do they have in common? All famous brothers. Enter Tim Templeton and the Boss Baby–the next dashing duo to join the aforementioned club.
I’ll be honest: I just wanted to be a good dad and surprise my kids with a trip to the theater, put my brain in “neutral” and enjoy some hot, buttered popcorn. I wasn’t expecting much from Boss Baby, but I left the theater having thoroughly enjoyed it. And, boy, did I laugh. Hard.
While I will not giveaway any of the major details or plot of the movie, I will say that it’s not quite what I expected from having seen the previews. That said, if your crew isn’t offended by the occasional bare baby bottom and can’t help but giggle when someone poots/farts/toots/breaks wind, then this is a movie I’d highly recommend. Couple that with some pop-culture references and throwbacks that mom and dad will love (Voltron, Lord of the Rings and MouseTrap to name a few) and throw in a popular Beatles’ tune for good measure and you’ve got yourself a recipe for a seriously fun hour-and-a-half for the whole family.
There’s also a great message to discuss with your kids, which actually ends up being the theme of the movie: there’s plenty of love to go around. And yes, the movie ends just exactly how you’d expect it to, and how I found myself wanting it to, which led to these thoughts that I hope will add value to your family’s moviegoing experience.
- If you have a child that is transitioning into puberty (like I do), and you are navigating the “where do babies come from?” talk with them, this movie contains some material that could serve as a launching point for that conversation. While it doesn’t present things in the traditional “stork delivery” manner, it does take some rather creative (and cute) liberties in that regard to explain child birth outside the realm of standard physical biology.
- I mentioned famous brothers earlier, and this movie definitely opens the door to discuss sibling relationships as well as the importance of love, trust and forgiveness within the family dynamic. One could easily couple this idea along with stories from the Bible such as Cain & Abel, Jacob and Esau, or even Joseph and his brothers, etc… to jumpstart a conversation regarding healthy family/sibling relationships.
- With the above said, my main takeaway from the film was the concept that there is enough love to go around. It reminded me of Romans 8:38-39:
Yes, I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor ruling spirits, nothing now, nothing in the future, no powers, nothing above us, nothing below us, nor anything else in the whole world will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (NCV)
Isn’t that how you feel about your kids; that no matter what they do you’d never stop loving them? What if you told them that? And if that’s the case for us as parents, then how much bigger than that is God’s love for his children? Have you or your kids ever actually thought about this? And if God loves us with that kind of love, then how should we respond to this command from 1 John 4:7-11, 21:
Dear friends, we should love each other, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has become God’s child and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love to us: He sent his one and only Son into the world so that we could have life through him. This is what real love is: It is not our love for God; it is God’s love for us. He sent his Son to die in our place to take away our sins…Dear friends, if God loved us that much we also should love each other. And God gave us this command: Those who love God must also love their brothers and sisters. (NCV)
What does this kind of love look like within our family dynamic? What if we let this idea change the way we parent our children? What would that look like? What if our kids put this into practice with how they treat their siblings and friends? What would the result be? How could God use our family as an example to show his love to the world around us? What kind of impact do you think that would have on the lost in our community?
What if we truly lived as if we believed that there’s plenty of love to go around?
If you’re taking your kids to the theater this weekend, feel free to use these ideas as discussion starters for your family during dinner time, drive time or bed time. For those that have seen the movie, what were your takeaways? What discussion points would you add? Have fun, and enjoy the movie!