“The Boss Baby: Family Business” (Universal)

This is a scene from the animated movie "The Boss Baby: Family Business." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/DreamWorks Animation)

By Catholic News Service

Its chaotic plot and somewhat colicky disposition may leave viewers of this follow-up to the 2017 animated comedy wishing the stork had stayed home this time.

Now grown to maturity, the brothers (voices of James Marsden and Alec Baldwin) whose childhood rivalry-turned-partnership was charted in the original have also become estranged. Marsden’s character is a dedicated husband (his spouse voiced by Eva Longoria) and father while Baldwin’s is a hard-driving unmarried tycoon too busy to nurture relations with his relatives. But the siblings are compelled to work together after dad’s infant daughter (voice of Amy Sedaris), who is inexplicably endowed, as was her uncle at her age, with some of the attributes of an adult, discovers that the principal (voice of Jeff Goldblum) of her older sister’s (voice of Ariana Greenblatt) school is plotting to disrupt family life worldwide.

There’s little to object to in returning director Tom McGrath film, derived, like its predecessor, from the work of author and illustrator Marla Frazee. But, while Michael McCullers’ script promotes teamwork and clan unity, the movie’s laughs are few, its pace frenetic and its tone irritating.

Perilous situations, a mild oath, at least one crass term. The Catholic News Service classification is A-II — adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association rating is PG — parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.

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