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The Boss Baby: Family Business | 2021 | PG | – 1.3.2

content-ratingsWhy is “The Boss Baby: Family Business” rated PG? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “rude humor, mild language and some action.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes some partial child nudity, several scenes of children in danger with a positive outcome, children undertaking risky behavior, adults transforming into babies and children, a few arguments, and some mild language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


After becoming estranged, the Templeton brothers (voiced by Alec Baldwin and James Marsden) are brought back together when a dastardly plan is uncovered by a new generation of babies. Also with the voices of Amy Sedaris, Ariana Greenblatt, Eva Longoria, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Jeff Goldblum and James McGrath. Directed by Tom McGrath. [Running Time: 1:37]

The Boss Baby: Family Business SEX/NUDITY 1

 – A talking doll makes a comment about a man having “produced an heir.”
 A boy and a baby twist each other’s nipples and they scream. A man transforms into a baby and we see him nude (his bare chest, abdomen, legs and buttocks are shown while his crotch is covered when he stands behind a plant and later when he wears a lampshade around his waist). A man transforms into a young boy and we see him wearing only jockey shorts (his bare chest and back and abdomen are seen). A baby’s onesie is open in the back and we see his bare buttocks.

The Boss Baby: Family Business VIOLENCE/GORE 3

 – A girl falls from a tree and a man catches her before she crashes to the ground. A man tells a horde of zombie-like people to “hug ’em to death” as the group approaches a boy and a baby. Many ninja babies surround a boy and a baby and we see the two tied up later before they are placed in a box. A baby is slammed into a chair and his head is slammed into a desk (no injuries shown). Ninja babies attack other babies and children using swords and throwing stars in a few scenes.
 A boy and a baby are put in a box for punishment and the box slowly fills with water; the box is kicked open by a pony just before the water covers the children. A child is put in “the box” for punishment and we see him stumble out after the punishment period. Ninja babies surround a pony a boy and a baby and move toward them until they get stuck in glue; the Ninjas are scared away by a girl that speaks in a gravelly voice. A clock ticks down toward the implementation of a mind-control mechanism. A girl and a baby create a mess when they add candy to a soda and the liquid and foam spill all over a computer room.
 A baby jumps around a room and swings from a ceiling fan (she does not get hurt). Two men drink a serum and they shrink and transform to child size. A man spits out his false teeth and his suit opens to reveal a baby inside a man-sized robotic suit. A boy flings Pez candies from a dispenser toward another child. A baby punches a boy in the nose with a shark toy. A baby glues a bow to a boy’s face and a robotic nurse turns on a saw and moves toward him (in order to remove the bow; we do not see this). A baby tries to pull a main power lever and a boy throws him off-screen. Two men have a snowball fight (we see no injuries). A boy and a baby in robot suits fight like “Rock ’em-Sock ’em Robots.” Two men (in the process of transforming into children) fight and struggle with each other. A man has a nightmare about his daughter not liking him anymore. Several babies attack another baby in a transport car in a school and the attacked baby protests that he doesn’t belong there, calling them demeaning names.
 A pony charges through several fences splintering them while carrying a boy and a baby; it pulls them through a town causing mayhem and destruction, they crash through a movie theater screen, and they knock down a Christmas tree display; they are chased by three motorcycle police officers and a baby throws gift boxes at them and we see people and things rolled up in a snowball as something else explodes in the distance. Two men and a baby shoot up through the clouds to an office complex in the sky. A pony kicks a snowman in the stomach and then kicks its head off. Babies use catapult to throw things against a wall and one baby crawls on the ceiling after splattering himself with glue. A girl runs off a stage in tears after singing in front of a crowd that doesn’t clap when she is finished.
 A man pretends to be a mad scientist bringing to life a stuffed animal; we see the children as vampires and the man as Frankenstein’s monster. A man imagines a volcano erupting and he surfs on lava to rescue his young daughter (in reality he has made a model volcano erupt with soda and candy that create a chemical reaction). A man pretends to be a racecar driver and speeds in the car with his family to go to the grocery store.
 A baby grabs a pair of scissors and plays with them; her mother panics and chases her to take them away without injury. A woman puts a baby in a playpen and refers to it as “baby jail.” A boy puts a sleeping baby into a dresser drawer and closes it. A baby uses a blowtorch to fix something. People are alarmed when a man comes into their house saying that their child fell off her pony and hurt her arm (she did not). People are alarmed when the house shakes and they hear a rumble as a helicopter approaches and lands in the yard. A pony kicks a grill over in a yard. A toy doll is shown missing an arm and it is later replaced with another arm.
 A boy threatens a girl in a classroom when she answers a question correctly and he says, “You’re going down.” A boy screams when he loses a competition. A child talks about global warming and says, “We’re doomed.” A man talks about people’s brains being turned to mush when they look at an app on their cellphones. A man faints when a baby talks to him as if the baby is an adult and moves toward him out of the shadows in a dark room. A baby tells a man, “Please stay focused” and slaps him on the cheek. A baby tells two men about a crisis center that searches out threats against babies around the planet. Two men argue in a few scenes. A baby spells out a plan to infiltrate a company and stop a threat against babies. People talk about children taking parents for granted and when they stop coming to them for advice. A loudspeaker announcement outside a school says, “No crying in the separation zone,” as children are dropped off for school. A man chants, “No more rules, no more parents.” A boy says of a girl’s singing, “Your ears will bleed.” A man says that he has a fear of “Sharks, the IRS and being shot in the head with an arrow.” A comment about “loss of bowel control” is made when reading about the side effects of a serum. A baby says that something “… spread like a diaper rash.”
 Babies bounce around a room and one puts a crayon in his nose while another plays with glue and climbs up a wall and another is buried in a sandbox and uses a straw to breathe. A pony eats a carrot from a baby’s mouth and sucks on the child’s face (we see saliva). A man brushes his teeth and we see foamy toothpaste in his mouth; when he is startled by something outside he drops his toothbrush in the toilet. A baby tries to bite into an apple and he says, “I miss my teeth.” A baby sleeps and drool drips off his tongue. A baby eats a lot of sugar and sugary snacks in a few scenes. A baby spits out two balls after sliding into a ball pit.

The Boss Baby: Family Business LANGUAGE 2

 – 1 mild scatological term, 3 mild anatomical terms, 10 mild obscenities, name-calling (magical talking baby, brutal, helmet head, flock of seagulls, side hustle, absent-minded, disappointing, wacky, uptight, high-strung, litigious, Dr. Hawking, dork, dweeb, intense, mess, square, Poindexter, Tag-along Teddy, monsters, zombies, bad bad baby, diaper-sniffers, weird, stupid, feisty, bad boy, Norma Rae, weak, dumb-dumb, fraud, failure, devil baby, crazy, obnoxious, cruel, aggressive), exclamations (good heavens, hazah, now I’m mad, oh no, shush, heck, goodness me, blew it, no way, yippee, what the frittata…, are you kidding me, seriously, ahhh, oh my gosh, beat it), 2 religious exclamations (e.g. Godspeed, Good God). | profanity glossary |

The Boss Baby: Family Business SUBSTANCE USE

 – Two men drink a serum (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).

The Boss Baby: Family Business DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Estranged families, success, parenting, imagination, gender roles, growing up, revolution, respect, sabotage, jealousy, fear, evil, second chances, work/life balance, growing apart, loneliness, performance anxiety, pressure to succeed, brainwashing, competition.

The Boss Baby: Family Business MESSAGE

 – Childhood doesn’t last forever but families do.

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