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
- 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.
- Fearless Infant: Baby Bink is not at all scared of the danger he gets into.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Despite caring more of the ransom money, the kidnappers show more than once genuine concern for Bink's safety.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: The crooks; Eddie is choleric, Norby is sanguine and Veeko is phlegmatic.
- Groin Attack: Pretty much a requisite for these types of movies. This one goes a bit further and has 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 BSOD / Thousand-Yard Stare: Eddie when he's lying in the garbage bin after getting hit in the head and falling off a building
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain
- Infant Immortality: Bink practically has Infant Invulnerability.
- Jerk Ass: Eddie and to a lesser extent Norby.
- Keet: Norby.
- Large Ham: Joe Mantegna as Eddie.
- Made of Iron: The only excuse that the crooks survive falling stories high buildings as well as not suffering bodily damage.
- Nice Guy: Veeko comes off as the most harmless and amiable of the three kidnappers.
- Nice Hat: Norby wears a neat fedora throughout the film.
- No Peripheral Vision: All of the adults.
- Sequel Hook: At the end of the movie, Baby Bink takes out a book entitled "Baby Goes to China" and sits up in bed and laughs...
- Spiritual Successor: This film probably has more in common with the first two Home Alone films than Home Alone 3 did.
- Stock Scream: The Howie Scream is heard when the gorilla tosses one of the crooks into the air.
- Terrible Trio
- 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.
- Villain Protagonist: Eddie, Norby and Veeko more or less.
- Villainous Breakdown: After all the troubles and injures the baby put him through and after accidentally letting some 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 you 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!
- What Could Have Been: Jerry Goldsmith was originally slated to score the film, but because of scheduling conflicts with The Shadow, he was replaced by Bruce Broughton
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Baby Bink.