New movie review from The Movie Snob
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (C). This was my first time to see this 1989 “classic,” so my grade is a little generous to factor in the era in which it was made and the fact that a geezer in his 50s is not the target audience. That said, it’s really not very good. Rick Moranis (Little Shop of Horrors) plays an absent-minded scientist type who’s also a suburban father of two. He’s trying to invent a shrinking machine, which he unwisely keeps in his house’s attic. Through a mishap, his kids and the two boys who live next door get shrunk down to a size smaller than an ant. When the tiny kids accidentally get thrown out with the garbage, they have to cross the now-immense back yard to return to the house and then somehow draw their parents’ attention to their plight. The kids’ adventure part of the story is okay, but throughout the movie the humor is generally terrible. Extra demerits for the next-door dad character (Matt Frewer, Dawn of the Dead (2004)), a stereotypical boor who hounds his sensitive older son to be a football player and is otherwise generally unpleasant. The lovely Marcia Strassman (TV’s Welcome Back, Kotter) plays Moranis’s wife. I didn’t recognize any of the child actors, but The Borg Queen informed me that Jared Rushton was in Big.