YMMV / Baby Geniuses

  • Audience-Alienating Premise: 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.
  • Bile Fascination: This is the kind of bad movie you have to see to believe.
  • 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 and deciphering what they're doing, otherwise they could just use the children of company employees and ask them to live at the office to keep the kids contained. There's no reason to treat their methods as some sort of secret conspiracy.
  • 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.
    • Though it may be possible that it could be by some people who say they 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: Averted with the second film, which, while not a good film by any stretch, is better than the original. The third movie, though, is just as bad as the original.
  • Special Effects Failure: The special effects 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 SynchroVox-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.
  • 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. 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 animatronic baby!
    • Or the other animatronics, especially the clown.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Christopher Lloyd and Kathleen Turner are far too good for a film like this. Kim Cattral, Dom DeLuise, and Peter MacNicol may also count.
    • What is an Academy Award-winning actor like Jon Voight doing in this series?
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