Movie Review: Honey We Shrunk the Kids

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Honey We Shrunk the Kids Summary

Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves is the third installment in the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids film series. The movie was released through Walt Disney Home Video as a direct-to-home video film on March 18, 1997. The plot tells the story of inventor Wayne Szalinski (Rick Moranis) as he accidentally shrinks himself, his wife, brother, and sister-in-law with his electromagnetic shrink ray. The film is also the first Walt Disney Pictures live-action direct-to-video release. The franchise continued with a television series adaptation, which aired on broadcast syndication.

Eight years after the events of the previous film, ten-year-old Adam (Bug Hall) just wants to be a normal boy and go to baseball camp. However, his interest in sports seems almost alien to Wayne, as Amy and Nick, both now adults, are thespian and genius respectively, although Diane (Eve Gordon) is more understanding. Wayne has started his lab, Szalinski Labs, with his brother, Gordon (Stuart Pankin). One day, they receive tickets to witness a shuttle landing, but Diane reminds him that he needs to watch Adam and his cousins, Jenny (Allison Mack) and Mitch (Jake Richardson), while she and Patti go on vacation. She also reminds him to get rid of his Tiki Man sculpture that she sees as an eyesore, though he considers it a good luck charm.

After Diane and Patti (Robin Bartlett) leave, Wayne and Gordon have activities planned that bore the kids. Wayne sends them to the store but reveals to Gordon that it is a ruse to get rid of them long enough so that he can use his shrinking machine to shrink the Tiki Man without Diane’s knowledge, as she and the FDA banned him from ever using it again to avoid a repeat of the incident with Adam in Las Vegas (as well as preventing it from falling into the wrong hands), and without the risk of unintentionally shrinking or enlarging the kids (although the machine now fires at the push of a button instead of at random like before, as well as the button is locked with a key to preventing the machine from accidentally firing). However, after carelessly not turning it off immediately after they succeed, Wayne and Gordon are shrunk when a billiard ball left on it falls onto the activating button, just as they are in front of it searching for the Tiki Man. Meanwhile, Patti realizes she forgot to leave Mitch’s medicine for his potassium deficiency, and they head back. Hoping to catch Wayne and Gordon by surprise, they sneak up to the attic only to be shrunk when another billiard ball falls onto the activating button. Shortly after, the kids return home, and after hearing Wayne’s message about the launch, assume they are alone for the evening, and Jenny makes plans to have her friends come over. Upstairs, the adults make use of a fishing rod to lower themselves down into Adam’s room. To attempt to get to the floor, they use his Hot Wheels race track, but they overshoot their target and fall the laundry chute ending up in a clean load that is delivered back upstairs by Adam and Mitch. They tumble out of the laundry basket when it is overturned, and discover Adam and Mitch reading a Sports Illustrated Kids magazine, revealing to Wayne that Adam’s interest is not in science as he hoped. The four suddenly encounter a cockroach but manage to defeat it by luring it into a bug trap.

Seeing Mitch struggling, Patti realizes that they need to get him his medicine soon, or he could pass out. He ignores his weaknesses, though, and goes downstairs. The adults witness the arrival of Jenny’s friends and decide to use a bubble machine to get downstairs. Diane and Patti land safely, but Wayne and Gordon fall into a bowl of onion dip and are nearly devoured by the girls.

In the kitchen, when Patti and Diane resolve to find a way up the counter to find Mitch’s medicine and push it into view, they encounter a daddy-long-legs with its leg caught in a spider web, and Diane quietly talks to it as Patti tries to cut the web with a nail file. Diane realizes her insecurities about being small as she relates to it, which she had earlier tried to kill, and realizes how hard it is to be that size. After it’s freed, Patti and Diane realize they can cling to its silk as it climbs up onto the counter. Meanwhile, Wayne and Gordon decide to rewire the stereo to work as a microphone, and a group of boys crashes the party, including Jenny’s crush, Ricky King. He takes her into the kitchen, where he steals a kiss from her, but she spurns him for not asking permission first, thus earning Patti’s respect. Angered, he returns to his friends and they begin to wreak havoc in the living room. Mitch, severely weakened, enters the kitchen and discovers Patti and Diane on the counter before fainting, partially from his failure to take his medicine, and partially from the shock of seeing his miniature mother and aunt. Adam and Jenny discover him, and thinking quickly, Adam gets potassium-rich bananas to give to him, and he begins to recover, weakly saying he had seen his mother. In the living room, Wayne rewires the stereo so that Gordon can talk and amplify his voice. With this, he pretends to be the voice of God and orders Ricky (Jojo Adams) and his friends to leave, leading Adam, Mitch, and Jenny to realize what has happened to them.

In the attic, the kids discuss the benefits of leaving their parents shrunk briefly before deciding they love them more than that, so they unshrink them to give them a chance to re-evaluate their parenting methods. Patti confides her trust in Jenny for how she stood up to Ricky and took care of Mitch, while Wayne tells Adam that he can have an interest in sports, and agrees to sign him up for baseball camp. Diane tells Wayne he can keep the Tiki Man, and won’t sweat the “small” stuff anymore, while he decides to relinquish his presidency of Szalinski Labs to Gordon and return to inventing. In the end, life is back to normal again. Adam returns home from baseball camp, and Wayne has developed a new respect for baseball, and the Tiki Man has been moved into the backyard and enlarged to twice the height of the house.

Honey We Shrunk the Kids Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This was the sequel. The first film was funny but besides them shrinking, it is not really memorable. Heck I still have my copies on VHS tapes. I have yet to watch them with Matthew because Disney has produced way better films since. What are your thoughts?

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