YMMV / Baby Geniuses

  • Bile Fascination: This is the kind of bad movie you have to see to believe.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: A comparatively benign example but still present. Presuming the "Kinder Method" does result in the children proving more intelligent as they grow older and their early education by BabyCo begins to manifest, then in about five years Sly will start to prove himself demonstrably smarter than Whit, vindicating everything Elena has done. The Info Dump in the opening scenes even states this is exactly what will happen.
  • Fridge Logic: Why, exactly, does BabyCo need a secret lab beneath the city? Aside from the obvious question of how a child care company has the resources to make such a thing, from what we see they aren't doing anything illegal. Their testing methods appear to amount to monitoring the kids in controlled environments, using computers to examine what they do at play in greater depth, and keeping them isolated from the outside world, all in order to prove their methods of educating the babies produce children of superior intelligence. There's no reason they couldn't just use the children of company employees and ask them to live at the office to keep the kids contained. Why is this some sort of secret conspiracy?
  • Idiot Plot: Bigtime. For starters, a two-year-old is able to escape a secret underground lab by building some sort of gun that jams electronic devices, made from toys the lab provided him, and no one is able to detect his escape. In fact, BabyCo in general employs some of the dumbest people on the planet that they are continually outsmarted by babies.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The animatronic mascots. Including a Monster Clown with a tray of wind-up dentures, and a monstrous giant shaped like a baby, with the voice of Satan himself.
  • Polish the Turd: As of May 2015, Baby Geniuses 2 currently holds a 1.9 rating on IMDb. While its rating has held steady, positive reviews have inexplicably started appearing in July 2014 and have gotten plenty of up votes, all while burying the any negative reviews by giving them unhelpful responses. Whether this is being done by people related to the production or trolls is unclear. Of course, it may be possible that it could be by some people who, whelther due to the passage of time or something else, genuinely like the movie. Not that anyone's scrambling to add Vindicated by Cable to this entry.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Justin Chatwin in Baby Geniuses 2.
  • Sequelitis: The second film performed worse than the first both critically and financially, and is considered one of the worst movies ever made. To add insult to injury, the direct-to-video series has continued in spite of the poor reputation of both films.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: The second film's soundtrack tries way too hard to sound epic when nothing onscreen lends itself to this.
  • Special Effects Failure:
    • The special effects for the films are terrible. First, there's the method of making the babies' antics look convincing, by poorly Photoshopping baby faces over the bodies of little people (especially obvious during the dance scene), in addition to the disturbing Synchro-Vox-esque process used to superimpose CGI lipsync onto the babies faces. Also, one scene in which Sly backflips several times in front of the parents of his identical twin brother, you can easily tell it's a little person stuntman because of the height difference.
    • In Baby Geniuses 2 in particular, Kahuna has some stunts where it's very obvious he's on a wire and/or replaced with a stunt double.
  • Spiritual Licensee: The films can be considered a somewhat the closest thing to a live-action adaptation of Rugrats, as both the films and cartoon simply featured talking babies.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: As bad as the second film is, it at least features a pretty imaginative story and you can see how someone might think it was a good idea. Unfortunately, the third film goes right back to the same level as the first.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: Jon Voight in the sequel. One could've easily thought that he would just go Ham and Cheese in this kind of film, but he's the only one not delivering his lines in monotone and attempted to make his character actually expressive.
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • The CGI used to make the babies' mouths move. It seems to have been lifted wholesale from Clutch Cargo.
    • Don't forget the animatronics, especially the baby and the clown.
  • Uncertain Audience: One has to wonder what audience a film series such as this was meant for. It's simply too juvenile for adults and too dull and stupid for most kids who probably cannot relate to the "talking" toddlers onscreen; proof positive that a live-action version of Rugrats lacks the charm an animated show like Rugrats brings with this concept.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Respected actors such as Kathleen Turner, Kim Cattral, Christopher Lloyd, Dom DeLuise and Jon Voight all committed to parts in the first two films. To say that their talents are not used well in either would be an understatement.
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