The kids get themselves shrunk by a machine when a baseball hits the button on the machine. Wayne Szalinski didn't actually control the machine at all when the kids were shrunk.

Why is the title "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids"? It implies that Wayne Szalinski, intentionally or accidentally, had a hand in the kids getting shrunk even though he didn't.

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    Well, it was his machine that actually shrunk the kids... – steelersquirrel Jan 28 '17 at 9:10
  • so how title justified the plot here? there is no involvement of him. – Blue Ankles Jan 28 '17 at 9:11
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    Because the kids were shrunk by his machine while the mother was away...hence "Honey, I shrunk the kids." He was quite involved in the entire movie. – steelersquirrel Jan 28 '17 at 9:12

Because it's more of a catchy title

It's not meant literally..as you have pointed out but the title for movies such as this is part of the overall marketing package.

In fact, the original title was different.


The film was written as Teeny Weenies...[snip]..

As Teeny Weenies seemed to appeal more to a child demographic, the name was changed to Grounded to appeal to a more mature audience. That name was later rejected in favour of The Big Backyard.

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, a line of dialogue from the film, ultimately became its title.

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    Speaking as a non-American yet English as a first language [UK] - The phrase "Honey, I [something]" is a throw-back to "all" US sitcoms from the 50's onwards, so the title makes it 'chummy' & 'endearing'... with a twist. ...maybe a less-scary version of "Honey, I'm home" referenced in The Shining. – Tetsujin Jan 28 '17 at 19:10

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