Baby Geniuses VERIFIED
One mischievous toddler, Sylvester (the only one of her toddlers raised via the use of the superior version of the Kinder Method), nicknamed "Sly", makes repeated attempts to escape Dr. Kinder's research facility. One night, Sylvester goes into a diaper truck and succeeds. The next morning, he is surprised to run into his long-lost normal twin brother, Whit, in a Joyworld playground. Although Sylvester and Whit share a telepathic bond, each has no idea of the other's existence. The guards from Dr. Kinder's research facility capture Whit, mistaking him for Sylvester, and take him back to Dr. Kinder's research facility. Sylvester is taken home by Whit's adopted mother, Robin, who is Dr. Kinder's niece. Dr. Kinder and the seven other baby geniuses are shocked that Whit and Sylvester switched places at the mall, but Dr. Kinder becomes excited and begins to see this as an opportunity to do a cross-evaluation on the twins. However, when she comes to Dan Bobbin's place, she realizes that Dan can understand babies. After the attempts to retrieve Sylvester fail, Dr. Kinder decides to move the research facility to Liechtenstein, and they have no choice but to make Whit the only normal baby to be raised in this research facility until they can find a possible way to get Sylvester back to her research facility.
The film's concept was conceived by producer Steven Paul, who was inspired by a moment in his life when he saw two babies communicating together at a Barneys New York. David Saunders, the then-president of Sony's Triumph Films, wasn't sure that the film could work until he saw the movie Babe, which had similar use of mouth morphing. The studio held auditions for babies in about six cities. Triplet actors Miles, Leo, and Gerry Fitzgerald were almost three when they were cast in the dual role of Wilt and Sly. Jim Wagner, the film's baby wrangler, noted that the actors "still looked like babies. And with triplets, you can work longer hours than you can with twins." The film was shot for 50 days, wrapping in March 1997.
NC (vo): So they (Kahuna, Kylie and Zack) just rewire the programming to hypnotize people to be nice to each other, but Berlin Whack (Kane) here has a plan to use the machine to turn him into a super baby, forgetting that it would turn him into a baby.
Yes, the Baby Geniuses folks are really testing the notion that small children will watch anything. For a franchise built around the cloying, cutesy conceit of precocious genius, Superbabies is astonishingly, almost impressively stupid, an abomination that fully lives up to its reputation as the worst of the worst.
As directed by Bob Clark, whose most notable film credits over a long career remain "Porky's" and "A Christmas Story," and written by him with Greg Michael, this flawlessly unfunny comedy concerns an evil child psychologist and CEO, Dr. Elena Kinder. She is played by Kathleen Turner in a performance that says, "Hey, it's a living," and is abetted by an overlooked sidekick played by Christopher Lloyd. These two study the language of babies who can secretly say things like "jerk!" and plan to exploit their little laboratory specimens for evil gain. Meanwhile, nicer baby researchers (Peter MacNichol and Kim Cattrall) are unselfishly studying the same kind of data. The film's single weirdest stroke is to cast, as their assistants, Dom DeLuise and Ruby Dee (the only performer who escapes unscathed). According to production notes, these two are meant to be "an older hippie couple"
Directed by Bob Clark; written by Clark and Greg Michael, based on a story by Steven Paul, Francisca Matos and Robert Grasmere; director of photography, Stephen Katz; edited by Stan Cole; music by Paul Zaza; production designer, Francis Pezza; produced by Paul; released by Tri-Star Pictures. Running time: 94 minutes. This film is rated PG (parental guidance suggested). It includes mild profanity and smart-aleck baby talk.
The film relies on the premise that some babies possess profound knowledge of the universe from birth, but as they grow older and learn to talk, they "cross over" and lose all of this knowledge. Dr. Elena Kinder (Turner), CEO of BabyCo, is studying several such baby geniuses as an experiment to develop the "Kinder Method" of child rearing, which will result in children having superior intelligence as they mature. To demonstrate her methods are valid, she arranged for a pair of identical twin boys to be born to a surrogate; one of them, Sly, was taken by BabyCo and raised and educated in their secret lab, while his brother Whit was adopted by Kinder's niece Robin (Kim Cattrall) to be raised in a normal environment. Robin's husband Dan (Ally McBeal star Peter MacNicol) is researching infant pre-language, and suspects he may be able to remember how to speak to babies in their own language.
At one point early in Baby Geniuses, a baby girl indicates in dialogue that she has already accepted that it is the lot in life of women to be viewed and used by men as faceless sexual objects, and she seems to have comfortably resigned herself to this fact.
- The giant animatronic baby is not fucking cool - A baby saying "ass" and some of the adult humor in this film feel like rejects from "Look Who's Talking." That's not a good thing.- Nut shot humor. - I can't believe that I am writing this but the babies in this film aren't that charismatic or especially cute.
Mild moral worldview of familial love with a false-religion premise & some Christian content; 5 obscenities & 7 profanities; moderate slapstick violence including super-strong baby flips man, baby throws wrench onto man's crotch, baby makes board hit man's crotch, man falls down stairs, chases, woman punches woman, hitting; no sex, but married couple kisses & jokes about making another baby, baby asks, "Where are the chicks?" & male baby dresses as girl baby & jokes about dressing in drag; no nudity, but babies only wear diapers; smoking by adult & baby holds cigar as a disguise; and, burping, diaper jokes, hypnosis, nose picking, & name calling.
While understanding the stages of cognitive development has been around for decades, BABY GENIUSES is the only movie which spoofs developmental intelligence among the very young. Offbeat, a little strange, containing lots of baby jokes and cliches, some dark humor, a false-religious premise, and some inappropriate humor, this high-concept movie ultimately has a mild moral worldview of loving and protecting family.
Big Baby and his father are on the loose again and this time they take the treasures from the world that are associated with elements of the cosmos such as the Statue of Ra (representing the Sun) and other items that will allow them to travel into space. The young Baby Geniuses team is on its way to recapture the criminals and return the objects. Once again these talkative baby agents are filled with knowledge of the universe and are greater than the FBI. Although most adults cannot understand these adorable tots, there are a few that can help the baby squad analyze the information that the kids get to help solve the crimes.
Have you seen the TV commercials with the talking animals, or the talking babies? There are a million of 'em. What they do is, film a baby, erase the baby's lips and use CGI -- that's computer-generated imaging -- to create baby lips that move like adult lips.
Elena Kinder (Kathleen Turner) is the evil CEO of BABYCO, which makes child-care products. She and evil R&D manager Dr. Heep (Christopher Lloyd) are into research that may lead them to harness baby Universal Knowledge. To this end, they have set up a string of phony orphanages to identify these special babies and a secret facility to study them.
For the purposes of the study, a pair of twins, Witt and Sylvester, were separated at birth. Sylvester is in the lab with the other babies being fed the equivalent of royal jelly. Witt was given up for adoption to Elena's niece Robin (Kim Cattrall). With husband Dan (Peter MacNicol) -- a researcher who's also pursuing, far more benignly, the same baby-savant investigation -- she runs a nursery school.
My instinct is that uncooperative baby actors would be funnier by several magnitudes than anything these filmmakers accomplished by design. A movie called The Baby Geniuses Outtakes is one I would go to see.
Luckily, the Nazi has a pint-size, post-baby arch-nemesis named Kahuna who has super strength and wants to save all the children of the world. He lives in a cheesy Willy Wonka rip-off wonderland located right behind the Hollywood sign. All the babies get to visit there and they all party down.
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But more notably, in a past life, the FItzgerald triplets are better known for their role in the cinema verite classic Baby Geniuses( 1 out of 5 stars, IMDB). The three brothers split the roles of Sylvester and Whit in the movie. They also appeared in the sequel Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2(0% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes), playing the role of legendary superbaby Kahuna in what Wikipedia describes as "..often regarded as one of the worst movies of all time". 041b061a72