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The Boss Baby review: Baldwin bosses infantile fantasy

 

By Damon Smith

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 have demanding jobs at Puppy Co.

This bond is severely tested with the arrival of a brother called Boss Baby (Alec Baldwin).

It transpires the wisecracking infant is a fast-rising executive at BabyCorp, 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.

The Boss Baby is a colourful computer-animated fantasy, which is almost carried to full term by Baldwin's virtuoso vocal performance.

Tom McGrath's film is a neat conception though not a smooth delivery, with pregnant pauses where plot and gags should be.

Three stars

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