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The Boss Baby

The Boss Baby

Directed by Tom McGrath. Voices by Alec Baldwin, Miles Christopher Bakshi, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Tobey Maguire, Eric Bell Jr., ViviAnn Yee. (2017, PG, 97 min.)

REVIEWED By Steve Davis, Fri., March 31, 2017

Imagine Wall Street corporate hotshot Gordon Gecko merging with toddler Stewie Griffin in The Family Guy and you have The Boss Baby, right down to the briefcase, Rolex watch, and black sock garters. (Of course, Michael Douglas never wore a diaper.) This retro-vibed DreamWorks feature (is that a TV dinner?) about a 7-year-old boy named Tim, grappling with the loss of his only-child status upon the unwelcome arrival of a baby brother, is like so many other high-concept, computer-animated comedies these days: clever, funny, and inventive, but lacking in an emotionally accessible storyline. Loosely based on a 2010 children’s book illustrated by Maria Frazee, the film takes a tummy-tickling concept – the literal infantilization of selfish and demanding adult behavior – and attaches fantastic plot threads involving the secret machinations of mega-companies like Baby Corp. (didn’t last year’s flightless Storks cover this same ground?) and Puppy Co. until its satiric edge is dulled by 10-gags-a-minute pacing and goo-goo gaga gooeyness. At first, you’re led to think (hope?) that the film’s downsized tyke-in-chief may be the product of Tim’s overactive imagination. Maybe the far-fetched narrative, in which the two rivaling siblings team up to thwart a nefarious plot to replace adorable moppets who grow up to become brats with adorable genetically engineered canines that never age, is something playing out inside the young boy’s head as he attempts to cope with the Templeton family triangle unexpectedly taking a rectangular shape, similar to the pre-adolescent internalizations of the brilliantly conceived and executed The LEGO Movie and Inside Out. But no: It’s all meant to be taken literally. Without something substantial to hold on to, the movie’s chubby little fingers lose their grip on the possibility of something to remember after the credits roll.

Not surprisingly, the best thing about The Boss Baby is Baldwin’s imperious vocalization as the authoritative rugrat with a head the size of a bowling ball, punctuated by Margaret Keane eyes. Of course, he had a lot of practice doing this kind of stuff in the role of network executive Jack Donaghy on television’s 30 Rock. Baldwin can make business vernacular like “exit interview,” “severance package,” and “per diem” sound deliciously unctuous, and even a bit little bit PG-rated. “If people really knew where babies come from, they’d never have one,” Baldwin mock-sadly intones as the titular tot. “Same thing with hot dogs.” Kids say the darnedest things.

Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline

14028 U.S. Hwy. 183 N.  512/861-7070

drafthouse.com/austin/theater/lakeline

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1:05, 3:45, 6:25, 9:05
AFA: 10:10am

SUN APR 30

1:05, 3:45, 6:25, 9:05
AFA: 10:10am

MON MAY 01

10:10am, 1:05, 3:45, 6:25, 9:05

TUE MAY 02

3:45, 6:25, 9:05
AFA: 10:10am, 1:05

WED MAY 03

10:10am, 1:05, 3:45, 6:25, 9:05

Alamo Drafthouse Mueller

1911 Aldrich #120  512/572-1425

drafthouse.com/austin/theater/mueller

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1:00, 3:40, 6:25, 9:10
AFA: 9:20am

SUN APR 30

3:40, 6:25, 9:10
AFA: 1:00

MON MAY 01

1:00, 3:40, 6:25, 9:10

TUE MAY 02

4:20, 7:00, 10:05
AFA: 1:20

WED MAY 03

1:00, 3:40, 5:45, 7:25, 9:15

Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane

5701 W. Slaughter  512/861-7060

drafthouse.com/austin/theater/slaughter-lane

Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily times by phone or website.

SAT APR 29

12:25, 3:05, 6:00, 9:00
AFA: 9:45am

SUN APR 30

9:45am, 12:25, 3:05, 6:00, 9:00

MON MAY 01

12:35, 3:15, 6:00, 9:00

TUE MAY 02

4:05, 6:00, 9:00
AFA: 10:45am, 1:25

WED MAY 03

12:25, 2:35, 5:20, 8:00, 10:10

Barton Creek Square (AMC)

2901 South Capital of Texas Hwy  512/306-1991

www.amctheatres.com

Matinee discounts available before 4pm daily. Bring Your Baby matinees the first Tuesday of every month.

SAT APR 29

3-D, CC/DVS: 11:00am, 4:00, 9:00
CC/DVS: 1:30, 6:30

SUN APR 30

3-D, CC/DVS: 11:00am, 4:00
CC/DVS: 1:30, 6:30

MON MAY 01

3-D, CC/DVS: 11:00am, 4:00
CC/DVS: 1:30, 6:30

TUE MAY 02

3-D, CC/DVS: 11:00am, 4:00
CC/DVS: 1:30, 6:30

WED MAY 03

3-D, CC/DVS: 11:00am, 4:00
CC/DVS: 1:30, 6:30

Cinemark Cedar Park

1335 E. Whitestone, Cedar Park  800/326-3264

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

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digital: 10:20am, 1:00, 3:40, 6:10, 8:50

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digital: 10:20am, 1:00, 3:40, 6:10, 8:50

MON MAY 01

digital: 1:00, 3:40, 6:10, 8:50

TUE MAY 02

digital: 1:00, 3:40, 6:10, 8:50

WED MAY 03

digital: 1:00, 3:40, 6:10, 8:50

THU MAY 04

digital: 1:00, 3:40, 6:10, 8:50

Cinemark Hill Country Galleria 14

12812 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave  800/326-3264

www.cinemark.com/theater_showtimes.asp?theater_id=377

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digital: 11:30am, 2:15, 4:55, 7:45, 10:25

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digital: 11:30am, 2:15, 4:55, 7:45, 10:25

WED MAY 03

digital: 11:30am, 2:15, 4:55, 7:45, 10:25

Cinemark Round Rock

4401 N. I-35, Round Rock  800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium. Call theatre for complete March 26-28 showtimes.

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digital: 11:20am, 2:05, 4:35, 7:05, 9:55

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digital: 11:20am, 2:05, 4:35, 7:05, 9:55

MON MAY 01

digital: 11:20am, 2:05, 4:35, 7:05, 9:55

TUE MAY 02

digital: 11:20am, 2:05, 4:35, 7:05, 9:55

WED MAY 03

digital: 11:20am, 2:05, 4:35, 7:05, 9:55

THU MAY 04

digital: 11:20am, 2:05, 4:35, 7:05, 9:55

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

9900 S. I-35  800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

SAT APR 29

digital: 9:55am, 12:30, 3:10, 6:50, 9:15

SUN APR 30

digital: 9:55am, 12:30, 3:10, 6:50, 9:15

MON MAY 01

digital: 9:55am, 12:30, 3:10, 6:50, 9:15

TUE MAY 02

digital: 9:55am, 12:30, 3:10, 6:50, 9:15

WED MAY 03

digital: 9:55am, 12:30, 3:10, 6:50, 9:15

Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center

18820 Hilltop Commercial Dr., Pflugerville  512/251-0938

www.cinemark.com

SAT APR 29

digital: 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30

SUN APR 30

digital: 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30

MON MAY 01

digital: 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:00

TUE MAY 02

digital: 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:00

WED MAY 03

digital: 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:00

City Lights Theatre

420 Wolf Ranch Parkway, Georgetown  512/868-9922

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10:25am, 1:00, 3:50, 7:10, 9:40

SUN APR 30

1:00, 3:50, 7:10, 9:40

MON MAY 01

1:00, 3:50, 7:10, 9:40

TUE MAY 02

1:00, 3:50, 7:10, 9:40

WED MAY 03

1:00, 3:50, 7:10, 9:40

THU MAY 04

1:00, 3:50, 7:10, 9:40

EVO Entertainment

3200 Kyle Crossing, Kyle  512/523-9009

www.evo-entertainment.com

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11:00am, 1:30, 4:00, 6:45, 9:15

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11:00am, 1:30, 4:00, 6:45, 9:15

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11:00am, 1:30, 4:00, 6:45, 9:15

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11:00am, 1:30, 4:00, 6:45

WED MAY 03

11:00am, 1:30, 4:00, 6:45, 9:45

Flix Brewhouse

2200 S. I-35, Round Rock  512/244-3549

www.flixbrewhouse.com/round-rock

SAT APR 29

Reserved Seating: 11:00am, 1:30, 4:00, 7:45

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Reserved Seating: 11:00am, 1:30, 4:00, 7:15

MON MAY 01

Reserved Seating: 11:00am, 1:30, 4:00, 7:45

TUE MAY 02

Reserved Seating: 11:00am, 1:30, 4:00, 7:45

WED MAY 03

Reserved Seating: 11:00am, 1:30, 4:00, 7:45

THU MAY 04

Reserved Seating: 12:30, 3:15, 6:00

Galaxy Highland 10

6700 Middle Fiskville  512/467-7305

www.galaxytheatres.com

No one under 18 will be allowed in the theatre on Friday or Saturday after 7pm without an adult.

SAT APR 29

ClosedCap;DescListen;HI: 12:00, 2:10, 4:30, 7:00, 9:20

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ClosedCap;DescListen;HI: 12:00, 2:10, 4:30, 7:00, 9:20

MON MAY 01

ClosedCap;DescListen;HI: 12:00, 2:10, 4:30, 7:00, 9:20

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ClosedCap;DescListen;HI: 12:00, 2:10, 4:30, 7:00, 9:20

THU MAY 04

ClosedCap;DescListen;HI: 12:00, 2:10, 4:30, 7:00, 9:20

Gateway Theatre

9700 Stonelake  512/416-5700

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

SAT APR 29

3-D, CC/DVS: 2:45, 8:30
CC/DVS: 12:10, 5:20

SUN APR 30

3-D, CC/DVS: 2:45, 8:30
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MON MAY 01

3-D, CC/DVS: 2:45, 8:30
CC/DVS: 12:10, 5:20

TUE MAY 02

3-D, CC/DVS: 2:45, 8:30
CC/DVS: 12:10, 5:20

WED MAY 03

3-D, CC/DVS: 2:45, 8:30
CC/DVS: 12:10, 5:20

Hometown Cinemas

120 MLK Jr. Industrial Blvd. W, Lockhart  512/398-4100

www.hometowncinemas.com

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12:10, 2:20, 4:35, 7:00, 9:15

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12:10, 2:20, 4:35, 7:00

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12:10, 2:20, 4:35, 7:00

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12:10, 2:20, 4:35, 7:00

WED MAY 03

12:10, 2:20, 4:35, 7:00

THU MAY 04

12:10, 2:20, 4:35, 7:00

iPic Theaters Austin

3225 Amy Donovan Plaza  512/568-3400

www.ipic.com

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12:20, 3:05, 6:15, 9:00

SUN APR 30

12:20, 3:05, 6:15, 9:00

MON MAY 01

12:20, 3:05, 6:15, 9:00

TUE MAY 02

12:20, 3:05, 6:15, 9:00

WED MAY 03

12:20, 3:05, 6:15, 9:00

Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8

1600 Chestnut St, Bastrop  512/321-0123

www.schulmantheatres.com

SAT APR 29

9:55am, 12:45, 3:40, 6:40, 9:30

SUN APR 30

9:55am, 12:45, 3:40, 6:40, 9:30

MON MAY 01

9:55am, 12:45, 3:40, 6:40, 9:30

TUE MAY 02

9:55am, 12:45, 3:40, 6:40, 9:30

WED MAY 03

9:55am, 12:45, 3:40, 6:40, 9:30

THU MAY 04

9:55am, 12:45, 3:40, 6:40, 9:30

Metropolitan

901 Little Texas  512/447-0101

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

SAT APR 29

3-D, CC/DVS: 4:40, 9:40
CC/DVS: 11:50am, 2:15, 7:10

SUN APR 30

3-D, CC/DVS: 4:40, 9:40
CC/DVS: 11:50am, 2:15, 7:10

MON MAY 01

3-D, CC/DVS: 4:40, 9:40
CC/DVS: 11:50am, 2:15, 7:10

TUE MAY 02

3-D, CC/DVS: 4:40, 9:40
CC/DVS: 11:50am, 2:15, 7:10

WED MAY 03

3-D, CC/DVS: 4:40, 9:40
CC/DVS: 11:50am, 2:15, 7:10

THU MAY 04

3-D, CC/DVS: 4:40, 9:40
CC/DVS: 11:50am, 2:15, 7:10

Moviehouse & Eatery

8300 N. FM 620, Bldg. B  512/501-3520

www.themoviehouse.com/austin/

SAT APR 29

10:25am, 1:25, 4:30, 6:00, 9:00

SUN APR 30

10:25am, 1:25, 4:30, 6:00, 9:00

MON MAY 01

10:50am, 1:45, 4:30, 6:00, 9:00

TUE MAY 02

10:50am, 1:45, 4:30, 6:00, 9:00

WED MAY 03

10:50am, 1:45, 4:30, 6:00, 9:00

THU MAY 04

12:05, 3:15, 6:00

ShowBiz Cinemas 8 Marble Falls

2600 Hwy 281 North, Marble Falls

Call theatre for August 22-23 showtimes.

SAT APR 29

11:55am, 2:10, 4:30, 6:45

SUN APR 30

11:55am, 2:10, 4:30, 6:45

MON MAY 01

2:10, 4:30, 6:45

TUE MAY 02

2:10, 4:30, 6:45

WED MAY 03

2:10, 4:30, 6:45

THU MAY 04

2:10, 4:30, 6:45

Starplex 12 San Marcos

1250 Wonder World Drive, San Marcos  512/805-8000

SAT APR 29

11:00am, 1:30, 4:00, 6:45, 9:15

SUN APR 30

11:00am, 1:30, 4:00, 6:45, 9:15

MON MAY 01

11:00am, 1:30, 4:00, 6:45, 9:15

TUE MAY 02

11:00am, 1:30, 4:00, 6:45, 9:15

WED MAY 03

11:00am, 1:30, 4:00, 6:45, 9:15

Tinseltown North

N. I-35 & FM 1825, Pflugerville  512/989-8535

Cost for 3-D and XD shows is regular ticket price plus a premium.

SAT APR 29

digital: 10:25am, 1:15, 4:25, 7:10, 9:55

SUN APR 30

digital: 10:25am, 1:15, 4:25, 7:10, 9:55

MON MAY 01

digital: 1:15, 4:25, 7:10, 9:55

TUE MAY 02

digital: 1:15, 4:25, 7:10, 9:55

WED MAY 03

digital: 1:15, 4:25, 7:10, 9:55

Westgate 11

4477 S. Lamar Blvd  512/899-2717

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

SAT APR 29

3-D, CC/DVS: 2:00, 9:00
CC/DVS: 10:25am, 11:40am, 4:20, 6:40

SUN APR 30

3-D, CC/DVS: 2:00, 9:00
CC/DVS: 10:25am, 11:40am, 4:20, 6:40

MON MAY 01

3-D, CC/DVS: 2:00, 9:00
CC/DVS: 10:25am, 11:40am, 4:20, 6:40

TUE MAY 02

3-D, CC/DVS: 2:00, 9:00
CC/DVS: 10:25am, 11:40am, 4:20, 6:40

WED MAY 03

3-D, CC/DVS: 2:00, 9:00
CC/DVS: 10:25am, 11:40am, 4:20, 6:40

THU MAY 04

3-D, CC/DVS: 2:00
CC/DVS: 10:25am, 11:40am, 4:20
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