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Baby Geniuses

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Bob Clark
Produced by Steven Paul
Written by Steven Paul
Francisca Matos
Robert Grasmere
Starring Kathleen Turner
Peter MacNicol
Kim Cattrall
Christopher Lloyd
Dom DeLuise
Ruby Dee
Kyle Howard
Colton Sherman
Garrett McIntosh
Alexander Pease
Nicholas Decker
Music by Paul Zaza
Cinematography Stephen M. Katz
Editing by Stan Cole
Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Release date(s) March 12, 1999
Running time 97 min.
Country U.S.A.
Language English
Budget $13,000,000
Followed by SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (2004)

Baby Geniuses is a 1999 action/comedy directed by Bob Clark, rated PG for crude humor and mild expletives and violence.

The film made a profit, earning US$27 million gross against a US$13 million budget. It was critically panned; it was ranked by leading film critic Roger Ebert as one of his most hated movies. Despite the negative reviews, the casting of Peter MacNicol and Kim Cattrall was regarded as the savior of the film.

Computer-generated imagery effects were used to digitally superimpose moving lips over baby's mouths, an effect similarly used in Clutch Cargo.

In 2004 it was followed by a sequel, SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2, which resides at #3 on Internet Movie Database's Bottom 100 list.[1] Another sequel, Baby Geniuses 3, is also currently in the pre-production stages.[2]

Plot

Two scientists, Dr. Kinder (Kathleen Turner) and Dr. Heep (Christopher Lloyd) use genius baby studies to fund their Babyco theme park. At age two, the children are due to 'cross over', learn to talk, and forget their universal knowledge. One mischievous toddler, Sly, makes repeated attempts to escape the "Kinder" lab and one night, he actually succeeds. What Sly does not expect is to run into his twin, Whit, in a mall playground. Although Sly and Whit share a telepathic bond, they have no idea of each other's existence. While the guards from the lab capture Whit, mistake him for Sly, and take him back to the Kinder lab, Sly is taken home by Whit's adopted mother. After Dr. Kinder discovers the mix-up, she decides to do a cross evaluation on the twins. However, when she comes to Bobbin's Place, she realizes that Dan Bobbin can understand babies. After the attempts to retrieve Sly fail, Dr. Kinder decides to move the labs to Lichtenstein. The babies at Bobbin's Place hypnotize Lennie, the bus driver to drive to Kinder Labs. Once at the labs, Sly goes to the control room to set the robots from the theme park on the lab scientists. When the Bobbins return home, their natural daughter Carrie tells her father that the children are in the Kinder Labs. At the end of the fight Dr. Kinder captures Whit and takes him to the helicopter pad on the roof. Robin and Dan Bobbins chases them to the roof. Dr. Kinder gives Whit to a man on the helicopter. Dr. Kinder and Dan fight. Dan falls and hits his head. Robin fights Dr. Kinder. In the fight Dr. Kinder reveals that they are not related, but that Robin was adopted at age two. Just then police helicopters come. Sly and Whit come together on the roof to cross over. Some time later Dan awakens with his memory intact. He wants the secrets of life, but as the twins have crossed over they no longer know those secrets. Carrie, their sister, reveals that the secret of life is love.

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Baby Geniuses
File:Baby geniuses
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Bob Clark
Produced by Steven Paul
Written by Steven Paul
Francisca Matos
Robert Grasmere
Starring Kathleen Turner
Peter MacNicol
Kim Cattrall
Christopher Lloyd
Dom DeLuise
Ruby Dee
Kyle Howard
Colton Sherman
Garrett McIntosh
Alexander Pease
Nicholas Decker
Music by Paul Zaza
Cinematography Stephen M. Katz
Editing by Stan Cole
Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Release date(s) March 12, 1999
Running time 97 min.
Country U.S.A.
Language English
Budget $13,000,000
Followed by SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (2004)

Baby Geniuses is a 1999 action/comedy directed by Bob Clark, rated PG for crude humor and mild expletives and violence. It stars Who Framed Roger Rabbit's Kathleen Turner and Christopher Lloyd.

The film was a box office bomb and was critically panned; it was ranked by leading film critic Roger Ebert as one of his most hated movies. The film is currently regarded as one of the worst films ever made. Despite the negative reviews, the casting of Peter MacNicol and Kim Cattrall was regarded as the savior of the film.

Computer-generated imagery effects were used to digitally superimpose moving lips over baby's mouths, an effect similarly used in Clutch Cargo.

In 2004 it was followed by a sequel, SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2, which was also a critical and commercial failure and resides at Internet Movie Database's Bottom 100 list.[1]

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Plot

Two scientists, Dr. Elena kinder(Kathleen Turner) and Dr. Heep (Christopher Lloyd) use genius baby studies to fund their Baby Co theme park. At age two, the children are due to 'cross over', learn to talk, and forget their universal knowledge. One mischievous toddler, Sly, makes repeated attempts to escape the "Kinder" lab and one night, he actually succeeds. What Sly does not expect is to run into his twin, Whit, in a mall playground. Although Sly and Whit share a telepathic bond, they have no idea of each other's existence. While the guards from the lab capture Whit, mistake him for Sly, and take him back to the Kinder lab, Sly is taken home by Whit's adopted mother. After Dr. Kinder discovers the mix-up, she decides to do a cross evaluation on the twins. However, when she comes to Bobbin's Place, she realizes that Dan Bobbin can understand babies. After the attempts to retrieve Sly fail, Dr. Kinder decides to move the labs to Lichtenstein. The babies at Bobbin's place hypnotize Lennie, the bus driver to drive to Kinder Labs. Once at the labs, Sly goes to the control room to set the robots from the theme park on the lab scientists. When the Bobbins return home, their natural daughter Carrie tells her father that the children are in the Kinder Labs. At the end of the fight Dr. Kinder captures Whit and takes him to the helicopter pad on the roof. Robin and Dan Bobbins chases them to the roof. Dr. Kinder gives Whit to a man on the helicopter. Dr. Kinder and Dan fight. Dan falls and hits his head. Robin fights Dr. Kinder. In the fight Dr. Kinder reveals that they are not related, but that Robin was adopted at age two. Just then police helicopters come. Sly and Whit come together on the roof to cross over. Some time later Dan awakens with his memory intact. He wants the secrets of life, but as the twins have crossed over they no longer know those secrets. Carrie, their sister, doesn't reveal anything (just gives her dad a sly smile) because adults aren't meant to know their secrets.

Reception

Baby Geniuses received overwhelmingly negative reviews, with review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reporting that only 2% of critics gave the film a positive review.[2]

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