The Boss Baby (U)



Comedy (2017)
97mins US

Starring: Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Lisa Kudrow, Miles Christopher Bakshi, Jimmy Kimmel
Director: Tom McGrath
Writer(s): Michael McCullers
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Seven-year-old Tim Templeton has a wonderfully close relationship with his parents, Ted and Janice, who always make time for their boy despite their demanding jobs for Puppy Co. This bond is severely tested with the arrival of a baby brother, called Boss Baby, who dresses in a tiny black suit and carries a briefcase. While Ted and Janice are smitten with Boss Baby, enduring sleepless nights to cater to the whims of the newest addition to the household, Tim grows envious of his younger sibling.

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The Boss Baby (U)

A virtuoso vocal performance from Alec Baldwin as a tyrannical infant, who wears a black business suit, carries a briefcase and pulls the wool over the eyes of his sleep-deprived adult handlers, almost carries Tom McGrath's colourful computer-animated fantasy to full term. It's a neat conception though not a smooth delivery and Michael McCullers' screenplay, loosely based on the award-winning picture book by Marla Frazee, has pregnant pauses where plot and gags should be...

The Boss Baby. Copyright: 2016 DreamWorks Animation LLC. Caption: The Templetons welcome a new arrival in The Boss Baby, directed by Tom McGrath. All Rights Reserved.Boss Baby suckles on its neat premise, feeding Baldwin infrequent zinging dialogue like when his pint-sized corporate lackey swats away taunts about having to wear a nappy: "You know who else wears diapers? Astronauts and NASCAR drivers!" Seth MacFarlane has been traversing this rich comic territory with greater acuity since 1999 in his animated TV series, Family Guy, through the character of megalomaniacal toddler genius, Stewie Griffin. Evidently, there are only so many genuine laughs to go round before McGrath's hare-brained caper has to resort to toilet humour and shameless emotional manipulation to pad out the 97 minutes.

Every night, seven-year-old Tim Templeton (voiced by Miles Christopher Bakshi) enjoys three bedtime stories, five hugs and a special song from his parents Ted (Jimmy Kimmel) and Janice (Lisa Kudrow), who make time for their boy despite demanding jobs for Puppy Co. This bond is severely tested with the arrival of a brother called Boss Baby (Baldwin), who conceals his status as a fast-rising executive at BabyCorp until Tim catches the new arrival talking business on a toy 'phone. "If people knew where babies really came from, they'd never have one. A bit like hot dogs," Boss Baby tersely informs his sibling. It transpires that Boss Baby is on a secret mission to stop Puppy Co's CEO, Francis E Francis (Steve Buscemi), from launching a new product that could weaken humankind's enduring love for babies. "If this new puppy is as cute as we think, it could put the baby business out of business, baby!" warns the smartly suited infant with an overinflated sense of self-importance. Tim initially rages against Boss Baby, but he soon realises that helping his nemesis to complete the mission, thereby earning promotion, would be the quickest route to ridding the family home of a second child.

The Boss Baby ties itself in knots blurring fantasy and reality. If the wise-cracking title character is supposed to be a product of Tim's overactive imagination, it's hard to accept that a seven-year-old boy would have a rich and detailed grasp on the cut and thrust of suited corporate America and rampant capitalism. Baldwin's bone dry delivery is a masterclass in split-second comic timing and he repeatedly elevates the hit-or-miss material in McCullers' script. "There's not enough love to go round," laments Boss Baby at one point. My affection doesn't quite stretch to McGrath's picture.

- Jo Planter

The Boss Baby. Copyright: 2016 DreamWorks Animation LLC. Caption: The Templetons welcome a new arrival in The Boss Baby, directed by Tom McGrath. All Rights Reserved.


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Rest of UK and Irish Cinemas

Listed in alphabetical order by city/place name followed by cinema name.

From Friday 14th July
To Thursday 20th July

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Queens Link
- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Union Square
- Antrim, Antrim Omniplex
- Arklow, Arklow Omniplex
- Ashbourne, Showtime Cinemas Ashbourne
- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Ballincollig, The Reel Picture
- Banbridge, Banbridge Omniplex
- Bangor, Bangor Omniplex
- Barnstaple, Central Cinema
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Belfast, Dundonald Omniplex
- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham NEC
- Birmingham, Empire Birmingham Great Park
- Bishop's Stortford, Empire Bishop's Stortford
- Boldon Colliery, Cineworld Boldon Tyne And Wear
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, The Light Cinema, Bolton
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Borehamwood, Reel Cinema Borehamwood
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Bridgnorth, Reel Cinema Bridgnorth
- Bridgwater, Scott Cinemas
- Bristol, Cineworld Bristol
- Bristol, Orpheus Henleaze
- Bromborough, Odeon Bromborough
- Bundoran, Eclipse Cinemas Bundoran
- Burnley, Reel Cinema Burnley
- Burton-on-Trent, Cineworld Burton Upon Trent
- Cambridge, The Light Cinema, Cambridge
- Canterbury, Curzon Canterbury
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Carrick-on-Shannon, Carrick Cineplex
- Carrickfergus, Carrickfergus Omniplex
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Catterick Garrison, Empire Catterick Garrison
- Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham
- Chester, Cineworld Broughton
- Chesterfield, Cineworld Chesterfield
- Chichester, Cineworld Chichester
- Chippenham, Reel Cinema Chippenham
- Clonmel, IMC Clonmel
- Clydebank, Empire Clydebank
- Coleford, Studio Cinema
- Coleraine, Movie House Coleraine
- Cookstown, Ritz Multiplex
- Craigavon, Craigavon Omniplex
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Cromer, Movieplex
- Downpatrick, Eclipse Cinemas Downpatrick
- Dublin, Dublin Rathmines Omniplex
- Dublin, IMC Santry
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- Dundalk, Dundalk Omniplex
- Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
- East Didsbury, Cineworld Didsbury
- East Grinstead, Scott Cinemas
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Exmouth, Savoy
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Falmouth, Phoenix Cinema
- Fareham, Cineworld Whiteley
- Fareham, Reel Cinema Fareham
- Galway, IMC Oranmore
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Parkhead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Gloucester, Cineworld Gloucester Quays
- Grantham, Reel Cinema Grantham
- Helston, Flora
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- High Wycombe, Empire High Wycombe
- Hull, Reel Cinema Hull
- Huntingdon, Cineworld Huntingdon
- Ilfracombe, Embassy Cinema
- Ipswich, Empire Ipswich
- Jersey, Cineworld Jersey
- Kidderminster, Reel Cinema Kidderminster
- Killyconigan, Monaghan Omniplex
- Kingsbridge, Kings Cinema
- Leigh, Cineworld Leigh
- Lifford, Eclipse Cinemas Lifford
- Limerick, Limerick Omniplex
- Limerick, Showtime Cinemas Limerick
- Lisburn, Lisburn Omniplex
- Llandudno, Cineworld Llandudno
- Londonderry, Derry Omniplex
- Longford, Longford Omniplex
- Luton, Cineworld Luton
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Middlesbrough, Cineworld Middlesbrough
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Mold, Theatr Clwyd
- Morecambe, Reel Cinema Morecambe
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Newry, Newry Omniplex
- Newton Abbot, Alexandra Cinema
- Northampton, Cineworld Northampton
- Nottingham, Broadway Cinema
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Okehampton, Carlton Cinema
- Penzance, Savoy
- Plymouth, Reel Cinema Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Port Talbot, Reel Cinema Port Talbot
- Prestatyn, Scala Cinema
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Quinton Halesowen, Reel Cinema Quinton Halesowen
- Redruth, Regal Film Centre
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Ripon, Curzon Ripon
- Rochester, Cineworld Rochester
- Rugby, Cineworld Rugby
- Ruislip, Cineworld South Ruislip
- Runcorn, Cineworld Runcorn
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Odeon Sheffield
- Sheffield, The Light, Sheffield
- Shrewsbury, Cineworld Shrewsbury
- Slough, Empire Slough
- Solihull, Cineworld Solihull
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- St Helens, Cineworld St Helens
- Stockport, Cineworld Stockport
- Stoke-on-Trent, Cineworld Stoke-on-Trent
- Stoke-on-Trent, Odeon Stoke
- Sunderland, Empire Sunderland
- Sutton Coldfield, Empire Sutton Coldfield
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
- Taunton, Odeon Taunton
- Telford, Cineworld Telford
- Telford, Odeon Telford
- Thurso, Thurso Cinema
- Torquay, Central Cinema
- Tralee, Tralee Omniplex
- Wakefield, Cineworld Wakefield
- Wallasey, The Light Cinema, New Brighton
- Walsall, The Light Cinema, Walsall
- Walthamstow, Empire Walthamstow
- Wexford, Wexford Omniplex
- Widnes, Reel Cinema Widnes
- Wigan, Empire Wigan
- Wisbech, The Light Cinema, Wisbech
- Wolverhampton, Cineworld Wolverhampton
- Yeovil, Cineworld Yeovil
- York, Reel Cinema York
From Friday 21st July
To Thursday 27th July

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Queens Link
- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Union Square
- Andover, Odeon Andover
- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Aylesbury, Odeon Aylesbury
- Ayr, Odeon Ayr
- Banbury, Odeon Banbury
- Barnstaple, Central Cinema
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
- Belfast, Odeon Belfast
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham NEC
- Birmingham, Empire Birmingham Great Park
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham New Street
- Bishop's Stortford, Empire Bishop's Stortford
- Blackpool, Odeon Blackpool
- Boldon Colliery, Cineworld Boldon Tyne And Wear
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Borehamwood, Reel Cinema Borehamwood
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bracknell, Odeon Bracknell
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Bradford, Odeon Leeds-Bradford
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
- Bridgnorth, Reel Cinema Bridgnorth
- Bridgwater, Scott Cinemas
- Brighton, Odeon Brighton
- Bristol, Cineworld Bristol
- Bristol, Odeon Bristol
- Bristol, Orpheus Henleaze
- Bromborough, Odeon Bromborough
- Burnley, Reel Cinema Burnley
- Cambridge, The Light Cinema, Cambridge
- Canterbury, Odeon Canterbury
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Odeon Cardiff
- Carrick-on-Shannon, Carrick Cineplex
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Catterick Garrison, Empire Catterick Garrison
- Cavan Town, Odeon Cavan
- Chatham, Odeon Chatham
- Chelmsford, Odeon Chelmsford
- Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham
- Chester, Cineworld Broughton
- Clonmel, IMC Clonmel
- Clydebank, Empire Clydebank
- Colchester, Firstsite
- Colchester, Odeon Colchester
- Coleraine, Movie House Coleraine
- Coventry, Odeon Coventry
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Crewe, Odeon Crewe
- Cromer, Movieplex
- Darlington, Odeon Darlington
- Derby, Derby QUAD
- Derby, Odeon Derby
- Dorchester, Odeon Dorchester
- Dublin, IMC Santry
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Odeon Blanchardstown
- Dublin, Odeon Charlestown
- Dublin, Odeon Coolock
- Dublin, Odeon Point Village
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- Dundee, Odeon Dundee
- Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
- Dunstable, Grove Theatre
- East Didsbury, Cineworld Didsbury
- East Grinstead, Scott Cinemas
- East Kilbride, Odeon East Kilbride
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Fort Kinnaird
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Wester Hailes
- Epsom, Odeon Epsom
- Exeter, Odeon Exeter
- Exmouth, Savoy
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Falmouth, Phoenix Cinema
- Fareham, Cineworld Whiteley
- Fareham, Reel Cinema Fareham
- Galway, IMC Oranmore
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Harrogate, Odeon Harrogate
- Hastings, Odeon Hastings
- Hatfield, Odeon Hatfield
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Hereford, Odeon Hereford
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- High Wycombe, Empire High Wycombe
- Huddersfield, Odeon Huddersfield
- Hull, Odeon Hull
- Hull, Reel Cinema Hull
- Ilfracombe, Embassy Cinema
- Ipswich, Cineworld Ipswich
- Ipswich, Empire Ipswich
- Kettering, Odeon Kettering
- Kidderminster, Reel Cinema Kidderminster
- Kilmarnock, Odeon Kilmarnock
- Kingsbridge, Kings Cinema
- Leicester, Odeon Leicester
- Limerick, Odeon Limerick
- Lincoln, Odeon Lincoln
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Llanelli, Odeon Llanelli
- Loughborough, Odeon Loughborough
- Luton, Cineworld Luton
- Maidenhead, Norden Farm Centre For The Arts
- Maidenhead, Odeon Maidenhead
- Maidstone, Odeon Maidstone
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Mansfield, Odeon Mansfield
- Middlesbrough, Cineworld Middlesbrough
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
- Morecambe, Reel Cinema Morecambe
- Naas, Odeon Naas
- Newark, Odeon Newark
- Newbridge, Odeon Newbridge
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newport, Cineworld Isle Of Wight
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Newton Abbot, Alexandra Cinema
- Northampton, Cineworld Northampton
- Northwich, Odeon Northwich
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Nuneaton, Odeon Nuneaton
- Oldham, Odeon Oldham
- Orpington, Odeon Orpington
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford George Street
- Plymouth, Reel Cinema Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portlaoise, Odeon Portlaoise
- Portsmouth, Odeon Port Solent
- Port Talbot, Reel Cinema Port Talbot
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Quinton Halesowen, Reel Cinema Quinton Halesowen
- Redruth, Regal Film Centre
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Rochdale, Odeon Rochdale
- Salisbury, Odeon Salisbury
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Odeon Sheffield
- Slough, Empire Slough
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southend-on-Sea, Odeon Southend
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- St Helens, Cineworld St Helens
- Stillorgan, Odeon Stillorgan
- St Ives, The Royal
- Stoke-on-Trent, Odeon Stoke
- Stowmarket, Regal Theatre
- Sunderland, Empire Sunderland
- Swadlincote, Odeon Swadlincote
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
- Tamworth, Odeon Tamworth
- Taunton, Odeon Taunton
- Telford, Cineworld Telford
- Telford, Odeon Telford
- Torquay, Central Cinema
- Trowbridge, Odeon Trowbridge
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Wakefield, Cineworld Wakefield
- Wallsend, Odeon Silverlink
- Walthamstow, Empire Walthamstow
- Warrington, Odeon Warrington
- Waterford, Odeon Waterford
- West Bromwich, Odeon West Bromwich
- Weston-super-Mare, Odeon Weston-Super-Mare
- Wigan, Empire Wigan
- Wolverhampton, Cineworld Wolverhampton
- Worcester, Odeon Worcester
- Wrexham, Odeon Wrexham


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