Box art for Honey, I Blew Up the Kid

Honey, I Blew Up the Kid

  • Rated PG
  • HD and SD formats available

comedy


An inventor accidentally zaps his son, causing his child to grow.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    41%
  • Audience Score
    23%

common sense

ON for kids age 6
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Language
0 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
0 out of 5
Violence & scariness
3 out of 5

Silly scientific mayhem.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie avoids realistic violence, sexual situations, and foul language. The film does include images of an out-of-control child and parents who are unable to control him. It shows parents engaging in reckless driving and various individuals putting personal gain in front of the well-being of children. If parents are concerned about such images, they may want to think twice about allowing kids to watch this overall harmless film.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about issues such as science and responsibility. Are Wayne Szalinski's choices made for the benefit of his family or his own personal gain? Are the two issues one in the same? What are his main responsibilities as a parent? Do these come into conflict with his goals as a scientist or inventor? What should be of utmost importance in life? Also, the film presents questions about how science should be used. How does one balance the good of science and the good of the people?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: As far as sequels to mediocre movies go, this one's okay.

- Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh:

- Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh:

- Derek Adams, Time Out, Thursday, February 9, 2006

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Picking up a few years where the first film left off, we follow lovable absent minded inventor Wayne Szalinski as he once again deals with the aftermath of one of his inventions acting up. This time around he accidentally turns his two year-old son Adam into a giant, and not just that, but Adam gets larger every time he comes into contact with electricity. This is really not all that different from the first, but I liked how instead of doing the exact same thing, they flipped it in the other direction. It's also cool that the main cast playing the Szalinski's return, though it sucks that Amy O'Neil is only in it for about 2 minutes. As the latest addition to the Szalinski clan, Joshua and Daniel Shalikar are fun as Adam, and the filmmakers do a good job working with such a young performer. Other newcomers include Keri Russell as a love interest for Nick, and John Shea as a slimy rival scientist who takes over Wayne's project. This is a fun, but sometimes silly and corny movie. It's not as good as the first, but I still like it. The practical effects are well done, but the computer generated ones are kinda dated and poor. But the film is pretty creative with how they portray the scenario, even if none of it feels all that fresh. It's a pretty breezy film, and, while that's not a terrible thing, I think this could have actually been a tad longer and really tried to develop characters and subplots a bit more. That's just me though. All in all, I'm probably giving this a bit much credit, but I don't care. I think it's funny, it's an innocent family film, and, while nostalgia plays a big role for me, I still think this is an enjoyable film worth checking out.

- cosmo313, Wednesday, October 2, 2013

2 stars

Sequel to the decent Honey, We Shrunk the Kids is a mediocre film that unfortunately doesn't deliver anything exciting and though the effects are good, it doesn't excuse itself for a predictable and stupid plot. I thought that the first film was decent, and fun for what it was, and though nothing great, it still was a fun little family film worth checking out. However, this sequel doesn't have anything exciting or fun that makes it worth seeing, and it fails to capture what the first one did. I thought that the original didn't need a sequel, and worked best as a standalone feature. This one recycles ideas, and makes it predictable for the viewer, thus it's a tiresome affair with a poor plot and poor acting that is quite forgettable. There could have been more effort put into this one, and instead of relying on old ideas, the filmmakers could have created something much better in terms of a sequel. As a whole, this film feels rushed and doesn't deliver anything good. The first flick was very much flawed, but it had a bit of charm to overcome its weaknesses to make at least watchable. The filmmakers simply cut corners on this entry and didn't take their time to come up with a really good plot. It's all the same, except now the kids are giants, nothing more to it. That's really the only difference here. Skip it along with the third part if you enjoyed the first, as it doesn't have any good content in terms of great gags, convincing story and good acting. Everything has been done before and now the filmmakers are going through the motions in trying to create something fun, but they fail.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Wednesday, January 2, 2013

1 star

Inevitable and by the numbers family "comedy" that's probably a blast if you are a menopausal woman. I need more than endless shots of a big baby being "cute" to entertain me though...

- garyX, Sunday, March 11, 2007