Everyone loves babies, but imagine having one that’s a sharp-thinking businessman with the voice of Alec Baldwin… That’s what the Templeton family discover in The Boss Baby, a rib-tickling new animation from the makers of the Shrek and Madagascar movies, out this Friday at Cineworld.
The Boss Baby is the latest in a long line of films where babies and kids have gotten the better of adults. Here are our favourites...
Kevin McCallister, Home Alone
If you’re going to leave one of your kids alone at Christmas at the same time as robbers are planning on burgling your house, make sure it’s one as resourceful as Kevin McCallister. At only ten years old, Kevin runs rings around the two robbers, with his ingenious traps.
"Bink" Cotwell IV, Baby’s Day Out
Four years after Home Alone, writer John Hughes revisited the idea of a kid getting the better of a gang of crooks, only this time it wasn’t a ten-year-old boy, but a BABY! In Baby’s Day Out, three kidnappers decide to abduct a wealthy couple’s newly-born, only to discover how hard it is to keep hold of him.
Charlie Bucket, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
When we meet Charlie Bucket at the beginning of Roald Dahl’s classic story, he’s living a poverty-stricken life on a diet of cabbage soup. But when he gets an invite to Willy Wonka’s magical chocolate factory, he’s able to melt the heart of its eccentric owner.
Roald Dahl loved writing intelligent, wily children, and none are more admirable than the titular lead of Matilda. Bookish and kind in a world of nastiness, Matilda runs rings round her head teacher, Miss Trunchbull, and her epically stupid and selfish parents.
Elliott, E.T. – The Extra-Terrestrial
You can always trust Steven Spielberg to side with the kids. It’s the adults who are the real baddies of E.T. – The Extra-Terrestrial, but they’re not clever enough for E.T.’s bessie mate Elliott who easily outwits those sinister government agents.
Fred Tate, Little Man Tate
Imagine being a child genius, but born to a mother who, whilst loving, is nowhere near your intellectual level. That’s the story at the heart of Little Man Tate, which stars Jodie Foster (who also directs) as a working class mother of a seven-year-old child prodigy (Adam Hann-Byrd)
In all the Potter films, it’s Harry and his pals, Hermione and Ron, who manage to outwit the dastardly Voldemort. Even Dumbledore didn’t manage to defeat He Who Must Not Be Named, instead it was a plucky young wizard that Voldemort couldn’t manage to kill EVEN WHEN HE WAS A BABY!
Annie and Hallie, The Parent Trap
Lindsay Lohan (Hayley Mills in the original) plays identical twins Annie and Hallie, who were separated at birth with each one raised by one of their biological parents. Years later, they discover each other for the first time at summer camp and make a plan to bring their parents back together.
The Boss Baby opens at Cineworld TODAY!