HONEY, I SHRUNK THE KIDS (Theatrical Release USA 1989)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.6|5.0 Stars ììì

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids,
despite its box office success, and good/suitable story, does not spark as much interest, as other films within this genre set (like Harry and the Hendersons or The Princess Bride).

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia


Ron Thompson (Jared Rushton) accidentally knocks a baseball through a window of inventor and neighbor Wayne Szalinski’s (Rick Moranis) house. The baseball hits Mr. Szalinski’s shrinking machine. The machine functions. Ron Thompson’s older brother, Little Russ Thompson (Thomas Wilson Brown), insists that Ron retrieve the baseball. He hauls his little brother to the Szalinski home where Amy Szalinski (Amy O’Neill), the oldest daughter, and her little brother, Nick Szalinski (Robert Oliveri), answer the door. All four children walk upstairs to retrieve the baseball, encounter the machine, and are shrunk to a fraction of their size. The rest of the story involves their perils and tribulations as they attempt rescue and restoration.

Additional Thanks

Good Work for Director Joe Johnston. Thank you to Executive Producer Thomas G. Smith for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Big Russ Thompson (Matt Frewer), Diane Szalinski (Marcia Strassman), Mae Thompson (Kristine Sutherland), Tommy Purvis (Carl Steven), Don Forrester (Mark L. Taylor), and Gloria Forrester (Kimmy Robertson).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. It is a simple story and has its entertaining moments, but has a weak portrayal.

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