If you are planning a family movie night marathon, the best way to stop the hair-raising arguments and fights over the movie of choice is to simply pick a baby comedy. Press play, sit back and enjoy.
Adorable and memorable in equal parts, baby movies entertain and warm the cockles of our hearts with some quick-witted actors, mushy squishy characters, fairy tale adventures, great music and animated brilliance that packs a punch with emotional storytelling and whatnot. If you are telling us that you haven’t been eagerly counting down to the opening days of Disney’s remake of The Lion King or Aladdin, you are kidding or not! Growing up on the dreams woven by Disney or Pixar classics, it’s no surprise that you often find between all the kids, young adults and some grown-up adults, waiting excitedly for the return of Simba and Mufasa at movie theatres around you. For all those cherished moments, here’s a list of the best all-time baby movies for the child in us. Watch away!
Life As We Know It
Not your average romantic movie, this 2010 comedy film directed by Greg Berlanti, is all about what’s keeping a couple uncomfortably together – a diaper-wearing, bottle hugging tot. Starring Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel, the movie is all about this bickering and two unmarried adults trying to make a home for their best friend’s tiny tot. After the death of their best friends, the duo turn into caregivers to young Sophie. As cute, inexperienced parents, Eric is irresistible wearing a Baby Bjorn and singing Radiohead to Sophie, while Holly is honing her maternal instincts. Laugh along as these young parents deal with an un-cooperating, accident-prone Sophie, grapple with sleepless nights and deal with the “How to diaper a baby?”
Where to watch it: Netflix or Amazon Prime Video
Trust the Coen Brothers to make the subject of child-snatching funny and tickle the funny bone. The film’s plot is relatively simply: boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, marriage follows, and then they welcome the newest addition to their family—a kidnapped baby. Local furniture magnate Nathan Arizona (played by Trey Wilson) and his wife Florence (Lynne Kitei) are blessed with quintuplet sons. Figuring that the Arizonas have “more than they can handle”, Ed (Holly Hunter) and H.I (Nicolas Cage) decide to kidnap one of the babies. Despite attempts to keep their crime a secret, what follows is a laugh riot.
Where to Watch: YouTube, Google Play or Hulu TV
Look Who's Talking
In the 1989 American romantic comedy, single mom Mollie’s (Kirstie Alley) romantic life comes under the scrutiny of her newborn. Despite having Mr. Right, a cab driver named James (John Travolta) right under her nose, Mollie isn’t sure of the perfect man who can take care of her and her baby, Mikey. If only she could hear what her infant son, Mikey, thinks about her choice in men who has wise-beyond-his-months insights, she’d probably be disturbed to know that he's thinking. What’s best, the movie came out with sequels, so if one sarcastic baby isn't enough for you, you could treat yourself to one more – Look Who's Talking Too.
Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video
Three Men and a Baby
Directed by Leonard Nimoy of Star Trek fame, this movie narrates the lives of three roommates living in New York City enjoying their bachelorhood until a baby is dropped off at their doorstep—and it turns out one of them is the father. Sweet, funny and cheesy, the movie features a classic diaper-changing scene in which Selleck's character offers Guttenberg's $1,000 to complete the job. If you’re a Bollywood buff, you could instead watch the 2007 remake Heyy Babyy starring Ritesh Deshmukh, Fardeen Khan, Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan and Boman Irani.
Where to Watch: Google Play or YouTube
The American comedy trilogy follows the misadventures of four friends Alan (Zach Galifianakis), Phil (Bradley Cooper), and Stu (Ed Helms) aka ‘The Wolfpack’ after a night of wild bachelor party in Las Vegas. The first film in the series is a riot where the groom goes missing and they are left with an infant in their hands. With absolutely no memory of the bachelor party gone wrong, they are burdened with the task of having to put together pieces of the blurry, adventure-fueled night. Rocking a pair of sunglasses, baby Carlos aka Tyler is seen accompanying the gang in what seems to be hilarious chaos before the final calm. This movie is sure to bring back plenty of stories about your own youth or misadventures.
Where to Watch: Netflix
Baby’s Day Out
Baby Bink, the rosy-cheeked 9-month-old infant crawls and gurgles his way through the movie as sort of an indestructible superhero. Kidnapped by three rookies (Joe Mantegna, Joe Pantoliano and Brian Haley) who stage a bogus photo session, baby Mink is separated from his parents. What follows is a slapstick ordeal of them risking their lives -- from dunkings in cement and garbage to blows on the head – all for a $5 million ransom. Cute but smart, baby Bink manages to escape the captivity of his incompetent kidnappers and heads out to live an adventurous day straight out of his favourite storybook. A visual feast of the cutest baby ever, the movie is a live-action comedy of baby Bink’s adventures-- from turning a construction site into his playground, elevators into carnival rides, and loose boards on ledges into slides and seesaws.
Where to Watch: Hulu
The Boss Baby
A fun-filled American animated comedy, seven-year-old Tim Templeton was convinced that he and his parents (Jimmy Kimmel and Lisa Kudrow) form an ideal family. But mom and dad had other ideas, and one day they brought home a little brother for Tim — one in full business attire who totes a briefcase and speaks when the adults aren’t within earshot. He may look like an adorable baby, but the boss baby is actually a spy on a mission. Despite their mutual distrust, the movie sees the sibling duo form a reluctant alliance in order to engage in a highly classified industrial espionage.
Where to Watch it: Netflix, Google Play or YouTube
Addams Family Values
The spooky sequel sees the junior Addams augmented by the arrival of baby Pubert, wigged and mustachioed to look just like Gomez. A running gag involving attempts on the baby's life by put-out pubescents Wednesday (Ricci) and Pugsley (Jimmy Workman) prompting the engagement of a string of nannies, hurriedly culminating in Debbie (Joan Cusack), an evil nanny hellbent on marrying – then murdering uncle Fester for his fortune. What Debbie does to and with Fester and how Wednesday and Pugsley get on at the squeaky clean, all-American summer camp to which they are dispatched to give the baby a chance of survival, make for giggles.
Where to Watch it: Amazon Prime Video
Honey, I Blew Up the Kid
Comedy science fiction-family film and the sequel to the 1989 film Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, this movie thanks to scientist daddy Wayne Szalinski (Rick Moranis) who develops a contraption that makes objects bigger. The two-year-old son who becomes the unintentional subject of daddy’s experiment resulting in him turning into a baby monster. What follows is a 112-foot-high, 2-year-old baby marching on in the whole of Las Vegas while his parents try desperately to save him from the local military-industrial complex. Built on growing excitement, thrills and laughter this sequel has several creative moments with the Disney charm to appeal to kids and adults alike.
Where to Watch: Google Play or YouTube
Son of the Mask
A baby with superpowers? Yes, you read that right! In this 2005 American fantasy family-comedy sequel, we’re taken a decade later when the magical mask of Loki finds its way into the possession of a child. When cartoonist and family man, Tim Avery (Jamie Kennedy) and wife Tonya’s (Traylor Howard) infant son is born with the Mask of Loki aka the God of Mischief’s spectacular powers, it wreaks havoc in the household launching a kid versus doggy battle for control of the Mask. But unbeknownst to them all, Loki has come looking for his mask and is willing to do whatever it takes to get it back.
Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video and Hulu
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