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Honey I Blew Up The Kid Review

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In the sequel to Honey I Shrunk the Kids, scientist Wayne Szalinski, now based in Las Vegas, is once again playing with particles. Now, however, instead of shrinking things, he is making them grow and once again, when his wife's away his invention is accidentally used on his offspring, this time around, it's his new baby. The child quickly grows to be taller than buildings and Wayne must stop him terrorising Las Vegas.

★★★★★

The sequel to the fantastically successful Honey I Shrunk The Kids, this sees the Szalinski family — the youngsters having been zapped to microscopic proportions in the first movie — uproot from Fresno to Las Vegas while crackpot inventor Dad (Moranis) labours at the Science Institute on his latest idea — a device which, you've guessed it, makes things grow.

Since the last outing, though, there has been a timely addition to the family in the shape of bouncing sproglet Adam (played by two-year-old twin brothers Daniel and Joshua Shahkar). And when Mom (Strassman) and big sis (Amy O'Neill) handily nip off for the weekend, Moranis and son Nick (Ohveri) give a test-run to the enlarging gizmo which results in the all-cooing, all-gurgling, golden-curled American dreamchild getting zapped and Mom returning to find her erstwhile cutie transformed into a seven-foot tot trashing the house.

Since that glorious day when King Kong went for a stroll down Fifth Avenue, the idea of a giant being trampling all in its wake has, of course, always been a crowd-pleaser, and kids will be thrilled here as the titanic toddler, growing at an alarming rate whenever he comes into contact with electricity, makes a break for the neon lights of Vegas, knocking down buildings and tossing cars around as if they were toys. There is enough here, too, for grownups, if only in trying to figure out how some of the amazing special effects were pulled off, and in witnessing some canny ad-libbing as Moranis and co. incorporate the moppet's gurglings into their scripted dialogue.

Genuine fun for adults and children alike.

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