Wayne Szalinski builds a prototype enlarging ray that
accidentally morphs his toddler into a hundred foot monster.
Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (1992)
Directed by Randal Kleiser
Written by Thom Eberhardt, Peter Elbling, Garry Goodrow
Starring Rick Moranis, Marcia Strassman, Robert Oliveri,
Keri Russell, Lloyd Bridges, John Shea, Ron Canada,
Daniel Shalikar, Joshua Shalikar
Sequel to 1989's Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
Though a box office success, the second Szalinski family adventure was pretty reviled by critics. I don't really know why. It keeps the spirit of the first film, delivers something new in the same vein, and features a good chunk of the original cast who have grown as people. It's a great sequel and another fun, wacky movie. This time, Wayne Szalinski (Moranis), who has somehow not become a billionaire with his shrink ray, has built an enlarging ray that his toddler Adam (Shalikar) accidentally gets in the way of, causing him to increase in size every time he comes into contact with electricity. Maybe I'm easy to entertain, because that worked for me.
While Wayne is dealing with the company he licensed the shrink ray to, his son Nick (Oliveri) is in love with the family babysitter Mandy (Russell, in her first movie) but doesn't know how to tell her. Also, Amy from the first movie is in it very briefly, but she has no effect on the plot whatsoever. When Adam becomes a giant, the military gets involved as he stomps down the Las Vegas Strip. There's a lot going on, but it all connects and has value to the main plotline. Plus, it's hilarious to watch a ten foot tall baby grab Rick Moranis and shake him like a rag doll.
Honey, I Blew Up the Kid is a solid second installment in what is shaping up, in my eyes anyway, to be a decent trilogy. I like these characters and the special effects are surprisingly good. I'm glad Rick Moranis was able to retire on a high note with these movies and I look forward to seeing his impending comeback soon.