Dr Elena Kinder (Kathleen Turner) and Dr Heep (Christopher Lloyd) have designs on world domination, and intend to achieve it by cracking the code of a secret baby language. One of their unwilling guinea pigs, two-year-old Sly, escapes and enlists the help of his twin brother Whit to thwart the duo's evil plans.
When babies babble or draw, adults jokingly say they know what the baby is trying to communicate. What if a clinic found that these babblings and doodles were actually very intelligent responses or scribbling of an ancient form of communication? Well, it seems that all it would create is this tepid comedy. Kathleen Turner runs the clinic that believes babies have "universal knowledge" before they learn to speak (and dumb down). What she plans to do with this knowledge is never really understood, but know this: the plans are evil. The secret lives of babies have been pretty adorably filmed previously with Look Who's Talking
, but here the babies talk and move via visual effects like the animals in Babe
. They also karate chop adults and talk about such adorable things as "diaper gravy". By the time the story (a variation of The Parent Trap
) heats up (relatively speaking), there is not much left to engage us except some cute babies that just look odd as effects take over their mouths and movements. --Doug Thomas
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