After Disney released Honey I Shrunk The Kids as a sleeper hit earning critical and commercial success among movie goers and most critics alike, a sequel was green lit with Rick Moranis reprising his role as Wayne Szalinski who accidentally used a laser to turn his baby son into the size of a giant monster. What I’m talking about is the premise from “Honey I Blew Up The Kid.”
Honey I Blew Up The Kid was released in 1992. (same year rapper Mac Miller was born) Unlike its predecessor, the film received negative reviews from critics and it managed to make enough money at the box office. Gene Siskel & Roger Ebert gave it a thumbs down.
A third and final film called “Honey I Shrunk Ourselves” was released in direct to video format ending a trilogy, until Disney announced that they’re planning on remaking the first film as part of their future streaming service to compete with Netflix, Amazon, Hulu & Crackle.
Now that Ant-Man & The Wasp is finally out nationwide, I want to share what’s good or bad about Honey I Blew Up The Kid. Is it as good as the original or does it still hold for me back when I was a kid? Well, let’s find out shall we?
The following review contains potential SPOILERS. If you haven’t seen this movie, read at your very own risk.
Gigantic & Tiny Elements
Gigantic: Cast Members from the first film such as Rick Moranis as Wayne Szalinski reprise their roles and they all did a good job for their performances.
Lloyd Bridges (Jeff Bridges’ real life dad) makes a prominent appearance.
After appearing as a Mouseketeer with fellow then up and comers Ryan Gosling, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears & Christina Aguilera, Keri Russell (The Americans, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Mission Impossible III) makes her big screen debut.
One scene pays tribute to the last scene from Raiders Of The Lost Ark. I’ll give you a hint, it has something to do with “top men.”
At one point, Wayne wears a headgear that reminded me of his other characters such as Louis from Ghostbusters & Dark Helmet from Spaceballs who wore huge headgear. Spaceballs his my favorite Star Wars parody of all time.
At the 0:45:06 mark, a crate is labeled as “Ark Of The Covenant.” A reference to Raiders Of The Lost Ark. Does this mean Honey I Shrunk The Kids is canon to Indiana Jones? If so, I want to see Wayne Szalinski going back in the time to meet Indy in person. Please Disney & Lucasfilm make this a reality as a sign of forgiveness and pretend that Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull never happened!
Some of the Special Effects kinda hold up such as a seven-foot tall Adam with a touch of “Force Perspective.”
A random extra referenced Godzilla. Ten Years Later, Austin Powers In Goldmember, also did a similar joke with a random extra who did a jab on The King Of Monsters.
Former SNL cast member Julia Sweeney makes an appearance as a neighbor who’s suspicious towards Wayne.
A news reporter said “I need a vacation!” A possible reference to Terminator 2: Judgement Day?
Wayne said the title of the first movie.
Mr. Rogers & Richard Simmons make cameo appearances via television set.
Tiny: Like the first movie there’s no explanation why Wayne is experimenting with size changing. Is he using it to increase the size of a special ops unit into the size of King Kong so that The C.I.A. can stomp a swarm of terrorists?
Randal Klesier (Grease) did a horrendous job directing the movie.
I didn’t laugh throughout the picture other than a joke about Wayne Newton.
The next door neighbors from the first film weren’t around other than being mentioned as “the other guys.” There’s no explanation on what happened to them after the end of the original. Why didn’t they also mentioned their slain ant friend?
A Blue Screen Effect didn’t age so well. Let’s face it, this was way ahead of its time before a Blue Screen was modified over the years.
Amy’s role in the second film is just a cameo appearance. Why is she listed in the opening credits? Ben Affleck’s uncredited role as Batman in Suicide Squad had more screen time than her!
When Wayne was attempting to make Adam go to sleep to prevent him from going to Las Vegas, he accidentally said the word nap. Resulting in Adam to stay awake. Wayne’s wife referred to nap as “The N Word.” Could be worse if Wayne was played by Michael Richards A.K.A. Kramer from Seinfeld. Dagnabbit, I’m gonna have to Double Down this con for Wayne’s stupidly for not thinking this through!
An optional con for those who grew up watching the film, Keri Russell can be little distracting. For example, her introduction is her going on a water slide in a bikini. If Noob Noob from Rick & Morty grew up watching this as a kid, he would’ve said his catchphrase for the first time, if you know what I mean? If you’re a fan of Rick & Morty you’ll probably get it.
At the 0:35:00 mark, a piece of lighting equipment is exposed. Editing 101, make sure you double check with your eyes wide open before you submit The Final Cut to the director.
At the 0:36:56 mark, you can see Adam holding a dummy instead of the real Nick. Is the movie not trying to make convincing Practical Effects just as the last movie made an impression on me and many other movie goers?! The Special Effects from Inception are more innovative than this piece of doggie doo doo!
At the 1:08:00 mark, Keri Russell’s stunt double face is exposed. GOOD GRAVY! What’s next the cast of Spaceballs being replaced by their stunt doubles? Jackie Chan or Jason Statham can sign up for any dangerous stunt they could pull!
A Plot Hole involving the entire film. Why didn’t Wayne hire Mandy as a babysitter to watch Adam prior to experimenting his kid’s bunny rabbit or any of his toys as a test subject? OH MY GOODNESS! The writers unintentionally made Wayne a complete doofus! If Wayne properly prepared this idea, the whole movie would’ve never happened! After Adam accidentally caused some collateral damage, Wayne is gonna get sued for property damage. At least he didn’t get a truckload of lawsuits like Superman’s fight with General Zod in Man Of Steel. I have no choice but to Double Down this Plot Hole based on Wayne’s stupidity.
The Tone is obviously lighter in response to many parents complaining about the first movie’s use of “Nightmare Fuel.” Look guys and gals, I didn’t mind the tone for the first film, there was nothing wrong with the original.
I didn’t cry when Adam got shocked from a tranquilizer dart that hit an electric guitar. It didn’t leave an impression for me until the emotional ending of Hugh Jackman’s last film as Wolverine in Logan effected me.
Product Placement featuring certain brands such as GMC, Life Cereal, Sony, Hard Rock Cafe, McDonald’s, Ford & Addias.
The Final Verdict: F, FOR FAKER!
Honey I Blew Up The Kid is a total cluster fudge among Disney live action films next to Mr. Magoo, Inspector Gadget, The Shaggy Dog, or any other terrible film appealed only to the Lowest Common Denominator. (L.C.D. for short) When I was a kid, I thought the film was impressive as the first film, now that I’m older, I finally understand what’s wrong with the second entry. If you have kids, they’re gonna enjoy it, if you’re an adult, you’re gonna regret watching. You wanna watch a proper film involving size changing besides Honey I Shrunk The Kids, go watch Ant-Man & The Wasp.