Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2

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Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2
Superbabies poster.JPG
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Bob Clark
Produced by Steven Paul
Screenplay by Gregory Poppen
Story by Steven Paul
Starring
Music by
Cinematography Maher Maleh
Edited by Stan Cole
Production
companies
Distributed by
Release dates
  • August 27, 2004 (2004-08-27)
Running time
88 minutes
Country
  • Germany
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Language English
Budget $20 million
Box office $9.4 million[1]

Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (also known as Baby Geniuses 2: Superbabies) is a 2004 science fiction comedy film directed by Bob Clark and written by Gregory Poppen based on a story by Steven Paul. The sequel to the 1999 film Baby Geniuses, the film stars Jon Voight, Scott Baio, and Vanessa Angel. It is an international co-production between companies in Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Like its predecessor, Superbabies received universally negative reviews and is often regarded as one of the worst films of all time. It was also a box office bomb, earning less than half its budget back.

Plot[edit]

Following the events of the first film, four babies can communicate with each other using 'baby talk', and have knowledge of many secrets. The baby geniuses become involved in a scheme by media mogul Bill Biscane, later revealed to be known as Kane, who kidnaps children everywhere. Helping the geniuses is a legendary super-baby named Kahuna (he became powerful due to drinking a special chemical, much to the envy of his brother Kane), who stops Biscane's plots and saves children from being kidnapped by Biscane and his minions. He joins up with several other babies in an attempt to stop Biscane, who intends to use a state-of-the-art satellite system to control the world's population by brainwashing them and forcing people to not be active and watch TV the rest of their lives.

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Release[edit]

Box office[edit]

Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 opened theatrically on August 27, 2004 in 1,276 venues, earning $3,251,856 in its opening weekend, ranking number eleven in the domestic box office.[2] At the end of its run, on October 3, the film grossed $9,219,388 domestically and $229,256 overseas for a worldwide total of $9,448,644.[1] Having an estimated $20 million budget, the film was a box office bomb.

Critical response[edit]

The film was universally panned by critics. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 0% rating, based on 45 reviews, with an average rating of 2.2/10. The site's consensus states: "A startling lack of taste pervades Superbabies, a sequel offering further proof that bad jokes still aren't funny when coming from the mouths of babes."[3] Metacritic reports a 9 out of 100 rating, based on 19 critics, indicating "overwhelming dislike".[4]

Dave Kehr, in his New York Times review, said that the film was "not so much Look Who's Talking as Look Who's Walloping," while also noting that the problem with the villain's "plan is that it is already in effect and endorsed by the FCC. It is called commercials."[5] Writing for the Washington Post, Michael O'Sullivan stated, "The action sequences are phony-looking; the dialogue sounds largely improvised on the fly; the laughs are few and far between; and the acting ... is, to put it kindly, wooden."[6]

Accolades[edit]

Award Category Subject Result
Golden Raspberry Award Worst Supporting Actor Jon Voight Nominated
Worst Screenplay Gregory Poppen Nominated
Worst Picture Steven Paul Nominated
Worst Director Bob Clark Nominated
Stinkers Bad Movie Awards[7] Worst Picture Steven Paul Nominated
Most Painfully Unfunny Comedy Nominated
Worst Sequel Nominated
Worst Director Bob Clark Nominated
Worst Screenplay Gregory Poppen Nominated
Worst Supporting Actor Jon Voight Nominated
Worst Fake Accent – Male Nominated
Least "Special" Special Effects Nominated

Home media[edit]

The film was released on DVD and VHS on January 4, 2005.

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