The Boss Baby: Family Business - 2021
Age-appropriateness: some mild adult references
Overview: The Templeton brothers have become adults and drifted away from each other, but a new boss baby with a cutting-edge approach is about to bring them together again - and inspire a new family business.
Themes: family, growing up, parenting, sibling rivalry, father/daughter, school, bullying, jealousy, power, intelligence, creativity, imagination, reconciliation
The Quick 3
Ask these quick questions to hit the major themes of the film.
1. Growing up. What do you think is the best part about being a kid? What do you think will be the best and the worst thing about growing up?
Tim acknowledged that "You're only a kid once. Once you grow up, you can never go back." Both Ted and Tim grew up and their lives changed a lot.
2. Parenting. Why do you think some people consider parenting to be so important? What type of difference does a parent make in the life of their kids?
Tim loves being a stay-at-home dad. He says that being a dad is the best job in the world. His family is really important to him. Dr. Armstrong plotted to eliminate parents altogether.
3. Sibling rivalry. How often do you disagree or fight with your siblings or friends? How can you sty connected to them, even though you don't see eye-to-eye?
Tim didn't always get along with his brother. He really wanted to connect with his brother, but he thought that all Ted cares about is work. They had petty disputes and were often jealous of one another.
After The Movie Discussion Guide
Follow this 5-10 minute discussion guide to drive an in-depth conversation.
1. Tim acknowledged that "You're only a kid once. Once you grow up, you can never go back." Both Ted and Tim grew up and their lives changed a lot. What do you think is the best part about being a kid? What do you think will be the best and the worst thing about growing up?
2. Tim loves being a stay-at-home dad. He says that being a dad is the best job in the world. His family is really important to him. Why do you think some people consider parenting to be so important? What type of difference does a parent make in the life of their kids?
3. Tim didn't always get along with his brother. He really wanted to connect with his brother, but he thought that all Ted cares about is work. They had petty disputes and were often jealous of one another. How often do you disagree or fight with your siblings or friends? How can you sty connected to them, even though you don't see eye-to-eye?
4. Tim really wanted to have a great relationship with his oldest daughter, Tabitha. Tabitha was growing up and didn't want to be treated like a kid much longer. And her dad was willing to do whatever it took to stay close to her and to create special memories. How would you describe your relationship with your father? What's one thing you want to do most with your dad?
5. Tim was concerned that her school wasn't actually good for her. He was worried that her school was trying to make her grow up too fast. What do you think is the best part about school? What are the worst parts about school?
6. Dr. Armstrong fights against parents because he says that they've done a bad job. He thinks that he can do a better job raising babies. He wants to get rid of parents because he doesn't think they know what they're doing. He teaches babies to say "no" to their parents regularly. Do you support your parents and trust that they have your best interest in mind? How do you think the world would change if kids didn't have parents?
Minute By Minute Guide
Use this break down of the entire movie in addition to the “After the Movie” discussion guide. Great for repeat viewings.
:06 Tabitha was really excited to grow up. She looked up to her uncle Ted, who was a successful business man. She didn't really want to be a kid anymore. Are you excited to grow up? What are you most excited about?
:19 The Acorn Center for Advanced Childhood believed babies are "the ultimate learning machines". The school tried to advance babies as soon as possible so that they could grow up and be like a grown up as soon as possible. Why are babies so good at learning? Do you think babies should grow up quicker, or stay babies longer?
:31 Carol checks in on Tim during his bonding trip with his brother. Ted says they are "rebooting their friendship and restoring the closeness they once felt." Who would you choose to go on a bonding trip with? Why did you choose that person?
:37 Nathan is rude to Tim when he joins class for the first time. Tabitha is kind and offers him a seat, but Nathan chooses to tease him. What would be the best way to welcome in a new classmate? Why were Nathan's actions so hurtful?
Here's an article about How to Talk to Your Kid About Bullying.
:42 Tim comes to appreciate his daughter's involvement in school. He observes that she tries her best and that she performs really well. She's learning a lot and her intellect is growing substantially. Have you ever recognized that someone or something is better than you originally thought? Why do you think you missed out on the truth in the first place?
:56 Armstrong says that "some things are more important than money." Ted responds by saying, "Please don't say love". Armstrong assures him that he's right: he was talking about power. 1 Corinthians 13:13 says, "Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love." When you think of money, power, and love: what do you think is best? Why do you think the Bible says that love is the best?
:57 Tabitha says that she really wants her dad to be proud of her. She points out that he's great with creativity and imagination, and she really wants to do a good job. In what way do you want your parents to be proud of you? What would you say are the strengths of your parents?
1:05 Tim helps Tabitha use her imagination while she sings her song. She was struggling and trying to get the song perfect. Tim encourages her to lose herself in the words and the music. How creative would you describe yourself? How often do you use your imagination?
Check out this article about How to Talk to Your Kids About Creativity/Inventions.
1:09 Ted reads an old letter from his brother. Tim's letter spoke about the commitment he has for Ted. Ted says that eventually you grow up and move on. However, Tina responds, "just because you grow up doesn't mean you have to grow apart." Do you think that all friendships eventually grow apart? Why do you think growing up leads people to grow apart?
1:17 Ted pretends to be baby Jesus in the pageant. The story of Christmas is often portrayed in pageants because of how incredible of a moment it was in human history. Why do you think Jesus being born on Earth was such a big deal? Why did God send Jesus to Earth?
1:22 Tabitha sees that her dad isn't at the pageant and she feels so disappointed. She cried backstage because her expectations were not met. When was the last time you felt that disappointed? Can you remember a time when your parents really let you down?
1:33 Tina tells Armstrong that, "childhood doesn't last forever, but family sure does." In what ways are you thankful that your family lasts forever? Why is your family so great?