''Baby Geniuses'' is a 1999 action/comedy film directed by Creator/BobClark and starring Creator/KathleenTurner and Creator/ChristopherLloyd.

Dr. Elena Kinder (Turner), CEO of the Babyco corporation, has formulated a method of child rearing (the Kinder method) meant to produce exceptionally intelligent children. To demonstrate its superiority, she arranged for a pair of identical twin boys to be born to a surrogate mother. One of these twins, Whit, was adopted by Dr. Kinder's niece, Robin (Kim Cattrall), and raised as a normal child. The other, Sylvester (nicknamed Sly), was raised in a habitat in Babyco's secret lab, under the guidance of the Kinder method, along with a few other babies. The movie also establishes that babies have their own language and know the secrets of the universe, both of which are forgotten when they "cross over" at age 2. Both Dr. Kinder and Robin's husband Dan (''Series/AllyMcBeal'' star Creator/PeterMacNicol) are researching infant pre-language.

Sly wants to escape the lab, and eventually succeeds, making his way to a nearby mall. Dr. Kinder quickly sends out some of her subordinates (referred to by the babies as her "goons") to find and retrieve him. The next day, however, Whit is taken to the mall, and is accidentally captured and taken to the lab in Sly's place, while Sly is taken back to Robin's house.

At first, Dr. Kinder is horrified when she discovers that she has Whit, not Sly, but then she decides it will be beneficial to her plan, and sends more goons to bring Sly back to the lab too. Whit and Sly organize the babies at the lab and Dan and Robin's day care to stop Dr. Kinder's plan.

The film was critically panned; it was ranked by leading film critic Creator/RogerEbert as [[RogerEbertMostHatedFilmList one of his most hated movies.]] However, despite being savaged on all sides by critics, it made about triple its budget. It was followed by a sequel, ''[=SuperBabies=]: Baby Geniuses 2'', which starred Creator/JonVoight, in 2004. As of June 2015 resides in the top twenty of the [[Website/{{IMDB}} Internet Movie Database's]] [[http://www.imdb.com/chart/bottom Bottom 100 list]] (the original used to be on the list as well, but has since fallen off). And even though neither of the original films were extremely successful, Clark planned a ''third'' movie, which has been released as a DirectToVideo movie titled ''Baby Geniuses and the Mystery of the Crown Jewels'' (which was originally going to be a TV show called ''Baby Geniuses: Baby Squad Investigators''), but since [[AuthorExistenceFailure he died in 2007]], a new director had to come in. A ''fourth'' movie has been released too, and a fifth soon followed.

!!This film contains examples of:
* AdultsAreUseless: "A live-action Rugrats!" indeed, as the adults in these movies are not much more capable of keeping track of these children than the parents of Rugrats so often are.
* AllGermansAreNazis: Implied in the third film. The British have a Literature/SherlockHolmes expy, the French have an [[Franchise/ThePinkPanther Inspector Clouseau]] expy, the Italians have a [[OliveGarden random pizza baker]], and the Germans have... [[UsefulNotes/TheGestapo Herr]] [[Series/AlloAllo Flick]]?
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: In the third movie, "Glockenspiel" is the only actual German word spoken by the Germans.
* AwardBaitSong: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GjKlF9mhl0 A Gift of Love]]" by Music/RandyTravis.
* BabyLanguage
* BambooTechnology: One of the babies builds a camera jamming device out of miscellaneous parts and toys lying around, including a UsefulNotes/GameBoy.
** This could be somewhat justified in that they might have the materials to build such a device in his room to nurture his intellect or something. This, of course, would raise the even bigger problem of why they'd be willing to compromise security that way, especially with a baby who's tried to escape previously.
* [[BrainyBaby Brainy Babies]]
* TheCameo: Dom [=DeLuise=] appears a couple times in the film.
** In the second film, cameos are made by Creator/WhoopiGoldberg and the boy band O-Town ([[AnyoneRememberPogs remember those guys?]]) as themselves.
* CompilationMovie: The third and fourth ones (they were originally going to be a TV show); the fifth is forthcoming.
* CoversAlwaysLie: The babies featured on the official poster for the second movie look nothing like the actual babies featured in the film.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: In the third movie, the roles of the four members of the Baby Squad are: team leader, high-tech wiz, master of disguise, and "fashion expert." Ideally, a master of disguise would be a fashion expert.
* DullSurprise
* GenreSavvy: The two mooks under GroinAttack point out that Sly hitting them in the gonads with skis is something out of a bad movie. [[SelfDeprecation They are completely correct.]]
* GroinAttack: Used by Sly and [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by the victims, two consecutive times.
* GrowingUpSucks: When babies turn two, they cross over and forget everything they knew.
* LegitimateBusinessmensSocialClub: In the third movie, the villains' first "secret" base is their own burger bar.
* OlderThanTheyLook: In the second film, Kahuna is definitely too old to be considered a superbaby; this gets even creepier when we discover he's actually a grown man who never aged past childhood.
** Did we forget to mention he's the [[spoiler: brother of the sixtysomething Bill Biscane]] in this movie?
* PoliceAreUseless: In the third movie, the babies find many obvious clues that the police somehow missed.
* SequelHook: From the first movie: "If they think I'm making the sequel for less than twenty mil, they're nuts!"
* ShoutOut:
** [[Film/AustinPowers "Oh behave, baby!"]]
** "She's [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader]] in a skirt."
* {{Soundtrack Dissonance}}: The sappy Randy Travis song that played at the end of the movie. It tried to come across as a {{Crowning Moment of Heartwarming}}, but [[TastesLikeDiabetes failed horribly considering the source material]].
** The second film's soundtrack really tries desperately to sound big and epic even when nothing resembling this is what's taking place onscreen; it works about as well as you can expect from a film with this premise.
* StockParody: Sly dancing in the white disco suit from ''Film/SaturdayNightFever'' in the first movie.
* ThematicSeries: Besides all having talking, intelligent babies, the movies don't really have anything to do with each other.
* TheThemeParkVersion: London in the third movie.
* ToiletHumor: "Diaper gravy!"
* UnfortunateName: The babies' nicknames in the first movie are Sly and Whit; one of the babies' in the second film is named Finkleman.
* VillainBall: In the third movie, despite supposedly being smart, the BigBad's son casts further suspicion on himself by blatantly threatening the heroes to stop investigating.
* VocalDissonance: Bound to be the case as the babies are voiced by somewhat older children. The crude mouthing effects make it even more disconcerting.
* WhamLine: [[spoiler: "You think I went to all this trouble just because dad liked you best?!?"]]