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In this movie written by Creator/JohnHughes, Bink, the infant son of a wealthy family, is kidnapped by a TerribleTrio of crooks who pose as photographers, but they're [[StupidCrooks too stupid to handle one little baby]], who escapes and has an adventure throughout the big city while the crooks [[ButtMonkey get their butts kicked trying to get him back]], and his parents worry about him as they search for him.
!!This movie provides examples of:

* TheAce: Bink.
* AdultFear: Despite the {{slapstick}} nature of the film, some reviewers (including Creator/RogerEbert) were put off by the realistic appearance of the perils Bink finds himself in, such as crawling under a taxi and into traffic. And of course, the whole plot of the film is that a baby gets kidnapped from under his parents' noses, then gets lost and encounters several life-threatening predicaments, including wandering into a construction site and a gorilla cage. All PlayedForLaughs of course, but take it even remotely seriously and it's very unsettling.
* AffablyEvil: Veeko comes off as the most harmless and amiable of the three kidnappers.
* AmusingInjuries: Everything that happens to the crooks are played for laughs, even if in real life they would've died a long time ago.
* AssholeVictim: The crooks are set up as such so you gain amusement, rather than pity, from watching terrible things befall them.
* BadlyBatteredBabysitter: Technically, they're crooks, but take as much abuse as one.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Mrs. Cotwell wanted his son to be in the newspaper. He does appear, but as a missing child.
* TheBigGuy: Veeko.
* ButtMonkey: The crooks, naturally. When the baby isn't treating them like this, they're treating each other like this.
* TheChewToy: The crooks again.
* ConstructionZoneCalamity: A movie such as this isn't complete without this cliche.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Despite caring more about the ransom money, the kidnappers show more than once genuine concern for Bink's safety.
* FailedASpotCheck: Occurs ''constantly'', by everyone. Here's a short list:
** The bus driver that has unwittingly picked up Bink as a passenger doesn't see Bink in the front door stairwell, when it's his job to check for people there so they don't fall out or get squashed by the door when he has to open it.
** The police who stumble upon the crooks' illegally parked car do not find anything suspicious about Eddie holding a lumpy jacket over his lap.
** Baby Bink temporarily shows up on national television, but not only does the IntrepidReporter whose dropped microphone caused the camera man to look down fail to see this baby, so does his mother (who is watching the news report [[MissedHimByThatMuch but turns away at the critical moment]]), and anybody else who happened to be tuning in.
** ''Nobody'' at the construction site seems to notice that a freaking ''baby'' has wandered onto the grounds.
* FearlessInfant: Baby Bink is not at all scared of the danger he gets into.
* GroinAttack: Pretty much a requisite for these types of movies. This one goes a bit further and has a scene where Eddie is trying to hide that his crotch is on fire - and the only way to put it out is to stomp him there repeatedly.
* HeroicBSOD / ThousandYardStare: Eddie when he's lying in the garbage bin after getting hit in the head and falling off a building.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: The trio fails horribly at keeping the baby safe.
* InfantImmortality: Bink, who is practically invulnerable, considering the near-miss peril he gets into. As Eddie puts it, he has "baby luck".
%%* JerkAss: Eddie and to a lesser extent Norby.
%%* {{Keet}}: Norby.
%%* LargeHam: Joe Mantegna as Eddie.
* MadeOfIron: The only excuse that the crooks survive falling stories high buildings as well as not suffering bodily damage.
* MissedHimByThatMuch:
** Every time the crooks catch up to Bink's location, they find he's on the move again.
-->'''Veeko''': You know, we're always like ''this'' close!
** Mrs. Cotwell chose a very bad moment to look away from the news report of Binks' kidnapping. If she hadn't, she would've seen her son on the television.
* NiceHat: Norby wears a neat fedora throughout the film.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Villainous example. Since Veeko gets in danger in one of those platforms, Eddie has Norby grab Veeko, but it only ends up putting both in danger.
%%* NoPeripheralVision: All of the adults.
* PreppyName: Bink's real name is Bennington Auston Cotwell IV. No wonder they call him Bink.
* RecognitionFailure: The babysitter is in the park and sees Bink, but thinks is another baby.
* RiddleForTheAges: We never know what Veeko's idea to get Eddie down from the crane was.
* SequelHook: At the end of the movie, Baby Bink takes out a book entitled "[[SequelGoesForeign Baby's Trip to China]]" and sits up in bed and laughs...
* SpiritualSuccessor:
** This film probably has more in common with the first two ''Film/HomeAlone'' films than ''Home Alone 3'' did.
** It can also be seen as a spiritual successor to ''Film/TheThreeStooges''.
* StockScream: The Howie Scream is heard when the gorilla tosses one of the crooks into the air.
* TheStoolPigeon: After being reunited with his parents, Bink sees the crooks' hideout where he left behind his storybook, and points out to it, leading the police directly to his kidnappers.
-->'''Eddie''': You dirty, no-good, little stool pigeon!
* StrayingBaby: The Movie. The plot wouldn't happen if Bink would just stay put.
* TerribleTrio: Eddie, Veeko and Norby are a criminal group. This time, they impersonate photographers to kidnap baby Bink and get ransom of his family.
* TooDumbToLive: The crooks. Even Eddie who is supposed to be the smartest of the three is revealed to be dimwitted just like his two companions.
* TrailersAlwaysLie: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzow5wUp7hY The original trailer]] made it look like Bink got lost on his own and the trio discovered there was a reward for finding him, so in turn attempted to recover him for his family; instead of being the crooks that fail at holding him for ransom and are the ones responsible for him being on his own in the first place.
** Even more so with the teaser.
* TrashLanding: Eddie gets knocked semi-unconscious and dropped off a building and into a garbage bin at one point while he and his two co-crooks are chasing after the titular baby. He survives, presumably partly due to being only half conscious and having a bunch of objects to break his fall on the way down.
* VillainProtagonist: The crooks are the linchpin of the entire movie. Eddie in particular (since he is the smartest of the three crooks) is the most developed character in the film, and as such, warrants top billing for the actor who portrays him.
* VillainousBreakdown: After all the troubles and injuries the baby put him through and after accidentally letting some cement mixture be poured on him, Eddie finally snaps.
-->'''Eddie''': THAT'S IT! NO MERCY! This ain't no nursery school battle of wits anymore. This is my 5'10" of guile, gut, and gristle, versus your 2-1/2 feet of goo-goos, gaa-gaas, and giggles. If the Milwaukee Mob couldn't kill me, no milk-puking little thumb-sucker's got a candle's chance on a cyclone of getting the better of me!
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Baby Bink not only understands the story that has been read to him, he can recognize all of the corresponding real-life locations in it and go there.
* YouAreFat: After the kidnappers discover Bink is no longer on the bus, an old woman fights them for leaving the bus in a wrong area. One of them remarks that she wouldn't have anything to worry about if she didn't eat more than two porks a day.