The Boss Baby - 2017

The Boss Baby - 2017
Movie Info

Rating: PG


Age-appropriateness:  naked baby bottoms are shown; a scene depicts where "babies come from", which is a conveyor belt in the sky, of sorts


Overview: A suit-wearing, briefcase-carrying baby pairs up with his 7-year old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co. An older brother must learn to get along with his new baby brother. He also has to process this sibling rivalry while not getting the same amount of attention from his parents that he's used to.


Themes: sibling rivalry, conflict resolution, family, love, imagination, purpose, babies, childhood, resentment, revenge

The Quick 3

Ask these quick questions to hit the major themes of the film.

1. Sibling rivalry. What do you think is great about being an "only child"? What are the benefits of having siblings? What are the downsides of each of those?

  • As an only child, Tim loved his life. He always had the attention of his parents and he said, "life was good. Life was perfect." Then, he soon had another baby brother and everything changed. Now, his parent's attention was divided and there was all sorts of new conflict. He didn't always get along with his new brother.


2. Family. What's the best part about being a part of your family? How can you better get along with your family?

  • Tim and the Boss Baby had to learn how to get along. Despite their differences and frustrations, they were able to spend time together and actually learn how to be friends. They discovered that being a part of a loving family is a great thing, for everyone involved.


3. Imagination. How often do you use your imagination? What are some of your favorite ways to "play pretend"?

  • Tim and the Boss Baby had to learn how to get along. Despite their differences and frustrations, they were able to spend time together and actually learn how to be friends. They discovered that being a part of a loving family is a great thing, for everyone involved.

After The Movie Discussion Guide

Follow this 5-10 minute discussion guide to drive an in-depth conversation.

1. As an only child, Tim loved his life. He always had the attention of his parents and he said, "life was good. Life was perfect." Then, he soon had another baby brother and everything changed. Now, his parent's attention was divided and there was all sorts of new conflict. He didn't always get along with his new brother. What do you think is great about being an "only child"? What are the benefits of having siblings? What are the downsides of each of those?


2. Tim had an "overactive imagination". He loved to play pretend and spend his time creating adventures and stories in his head. How often do you use your imagination? What are some of your favorite ways to "play pretend"?


3. Tim and the Boss Baby had to learn how to get along. Despite their differences and frustrations, they were able to spend time together and actually learn how to be friends. They discovered that being a part of a loving family is a great thing, for everyone involved. What's the best part about being a part of your family? How can you better get along with your family?


3. One of the questions this movie explores is "where do babies come from?" What do you think is the answer to that question? What questions do you have about where babies come from?


4. The Boss Baby was born as a grown up. He was never really a kid. Tim felt really bad for him, because the baby never had any parents that loved him as a child. What are some of the best parts about being a kid? Do you ever wish you were a grown up?

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.

:09 When Tim's baby brother arrived, it was like the baby was the boss. Tim's mom and dad did whatever they could to keep him happy, while Tim felt like he didn't get as much attention. It was like the family now revolved around the baby. How do you think that must feel for Tim? What would you do in that situation?


:20 The Boss Baby explains why puppies are the enemy. He explains that, for all of history, people have loved babies the most. But puppies compete for the love of people. What things do you think people love most in the world? What is something that you love more than anything?


:27 Tim got into a fight with his brother, his Lam-lam was destroyed, and then he got all of the blame. Have you ever gotten into trouble for something that wasn't entirely your fault? What did that feel like?


:30 The Boss Baby tells Tim that he's "on a mission from above". Tim replies with the question: "Are you the baby Jesus?" Jesus explained the mission given to Him, by His Father in heaven. In Luke 19:10, Jesus said, "For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost." That means that Jesus was given a special mission from God to connect with people who were far from God. That includes me and you! What questions do you have about Jesus' "mission from above"? Why do you think Jesus was sent to Earth?


:39 Tim and the Boss Baby talked about the possibility of them loving each other one day. Because they "hated" each other so much, they couldn't even imagine a time when they would love one another. Jesus gave a pretty crazy command in Matthew 5:43-45a when He said, “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven." How can you intentionally love your enemies? Who are some people that you might consider to be your "enemy", and how can you pray for them?


:51 Francis Francis reveals his evil plot to create a puppy that never grows up. His plan is to provide puppies to everyone so that everyone stops caring about babies. He's motivated by resentment and will stop at nothing to get revenge on the people at Baby Corp., who really hurt his feelings. Have you ever wanted to get revenge on someone who hurt you? In what ways might getting revenge on someone else actually do damage inside your own heart?


:58 When Tim's training wheels fall off of his bike, he has to learn how to ride a bike in a stressful situation. By using his imagination, and by receiving advice and encouragement from his brother, Tim is able to escape the evil babysitter. Have you ever received support from someone that allowed you do do something awesome?


1:05 Tim is scared when the plane is about to take off. He explains that his parents always hold his hands in this moment, so that he can be comforted. The Boss Baby extends his hand and places it on Tim's hand, to provide that love and comfort. How do you show support to your friends and family when they are scared?


1:24 Tim and the Boss Baby got what they originally wanted: Tim got rid of his baby brother and the Boss Baby got promoted at Baby Corp. Yet, they were both left unsatisfied. To their surprise, they discovered what they truly wanted was to be together. In the end, they realized that their family was more important than any selfish desire that they had. In your list of goals and priorities, where does your family land? How important is your family to you?