Universal returns to offer us a new chapter in the adventures of Templeton siblings with Baby Boss 2 – Family Business – of which we propose this review – an incredibly fun and functional sequel in every production department, a real unexpected leap forward, bringing to the attention a brilliant narrative, never casual or forced in events, but well contextualized and built around the two protagonists and in the inevitable phase of growth, where everything changes, families evolve and priorities move away from feelings. A new mission will call the two brothers back to an infant age, once again at the service of Baby Corp.
Two distant brothers
This sequel comes to life right where we left off the now adult protagonists with Theodore is a true leader of companies and a multibillionaire, while Tim is married, a happy housewife and father of two daughters. Her days at home are sated with a vivid imagination, which makes the relationship with the two girls special, since the father is a perfect playmate and a great encouragement in the creative side of life: drawings, music, films, imagination, everything is necessary to keep the child in us alive, never grow old and make childhood a unique moment in life.
Everything changes when the little one Tina, Tim’s second daughter, is revealed as Baby Boss agent to hire his father and uncle – therefore make them children again – to thwart the plan of a sinister headmaster who has set up particular school complexes where he teaches the emancipation of children from their parents, the first step of a sinister plan to which the Baby Corp will have to intervene.
Being a child again
As already written at the beginning of the review, Baby Boss 2 – Family Affairs turns out to be an incredibly compelling sequel. The ending of the first film, in some ways, showed the two protagonists now adults, so it was very difficult to place a sequel in this context, without making it be forced. Although we had already glimpsed Tina as an agent of the Baby Corp, just that little twist to snatch a last smile becomes in effect canon, in doing so the huge temporal gap of the two brothers, now adults, is well contextualized for which they manage to become children again thanks milk produced by Baby Corp e the confrontation of a Tim in disguise with his eldest daughter, opens clear wounds in a relationship that seemed solid.
As magical and idyllic moment for Tim now an adult, youth is formed and built also in the respect and consideration that children have towards their parents. Although there is the main mission to be carried out to save parents from all over the globe, there is enough space to insert this delightful narrative parable within the film, which makes timing and rhythm its workhorse: everything is extremely fast, spirited and fun. We never stop and everything always runs smoothly, even with a hint of extreme surprise, given that except for some particular franchises (How to Train Your Dragon) Dreamworks has always failed to raise the narrative quality of its products, always curated to the utmost, but very often for their own sake. Much better then Baby Boss 2 which is extremely funny and intelligent both in the realization and in the narration, precise and surgical, capable of speaking to the heart, eliminating honey and focusing on true, almost primordial feelings, that need to have a brother to love and protect from the threats of the world and never forget this feeling despite adulthood.