Film / Baby's Day Out
In this movie written by John Hughes
, Bink, the infant son of a wealthy family, is kidnapped by a Terrible Trio
of crooks who pose as photographers, but they're too stupid to handle one little baby
, who escapes and has an adventure throughout the big city while the crooks 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:
- Adult Fear: Despite the slapstick nature of the film, some reviewers (including Roger Ebert) 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 Played for Laughs of course, but take it even remotely seriously and it's very unsettling.
- Amusing Injuries: Everything that happens to the crooks are played for laughs, even if in real life they would've died a long time ago.
- Asshole Victims: The crooks are set up as such so you gain amusement, rather than pity, from watching terrible things befall them.
- Badly Battered Babysitter: Technically, they're crooks, but take as much abuse as one.
- The Big Guy: Veeko.
- Butt Monkey: The crooks, naturally. When the baby isn't treating them like this, they're treating each other like this.
- The Chew Toy: The crooks again.
- Construction Zone Calamity: A movie such as this isn't complete without this cliche.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Despite caring more about the ransom money, the kidnappers show more than once genuine concern for Bink's safety.
- Failed a Spot Check: 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 Intrepid Reporter 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 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.
- Fearless Infant: Baby Bink is not at all scared of the danger he gets into.
- Groin Attack: 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.
- Heroic B.S.O.D. / Thousand-Yard Stare: Eddie when he's lying in the garbage bin after getting hit in the head and falling off a building.
- Infant Immortality: Bink, who is practically invulnerable, considering the near-miss peril he gets into. As Eddie puts it, he has "baby luck".
- Too Dumb to Live: The crooks. Even Eddie who is supposed to be the smartest of the three is revealed to be dimwitted just like his two companions.
- Trailers Always Lie: 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.
- Trash Landing: 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.
- Villainous Breakdown: 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!
- Villain Protagonist 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.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: 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.