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Baby Geniuses | 1999 | PG | - 2.3.3

Kathleen Turner and Christopher Lloyd are greedy scientists who raise a group of children in a lab in the hope of discovering a lucrative method of creating geniuses. Also with Kim Cattrall, Peter MacNicol, Dom DeLuise, Miko Hughes, Ruby Dee, Seth Adkins, Kaye Ballard and Kyle Howard. [1:34]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - Some sexual innuendo. A few kisses. We see a woman in bed wearing a tank top.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - Mostly played for laughs: In several scenes, a toddler punches, kicks and flips adults. Toddlers make radio-controlled robots punch, kick and shoot lasers at several people. A woman punches another woman in the face. Toddlers swinging on ropes knock men down. Twice, a boy hits a man in the head with an iron, then jumps on the end of a ski, causing the other end to flip up and hit the man in the crotch. A boy sprays disinfectant in a man's face, shoves a bar of soap in his mouth and pokes him in the eyes. In two scenes, someone pulls a boy by his nose ring. A boy tosses a wrench onto a man's belly. Men stuff a boy into a gym bag, and men hold a boy on the ground while a woman pulls a bag over him. We briefly see a man holding a gun. Toddlers kick a punching bag over and it nearly hits a boy. A boy walks into traffic and is nearly hit by several cars. We hear a man fall down a flight of steps. A man falls out of a roller coaster and into a pond. Men run into a clothesline and fall down. A man falls from a rope ladder leading up to a helicopter (he's dazed at the time, and we later see him with a bandage on his head). A boy hides in a bag of dirty diapers -- some have yellow stains on them -- that are apparently very smelly. We see two men picking their noses.


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LANGUAGE 3 - An anatomical reference, a mild scatological reference, several mild obscenities and lots of insults.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Scientific experimentation, greed, kidnapping, family life, talking babies, strong babies, surrogate motherhood, adoption.

MESSAGE - Babies are much more intelligent and resourceful than adults think they are.

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