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.
- Butt Monkey: The crooks, naturally. When the baby isn't treating them like this, they're treating each other like this.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Despite caring more about the ransom money, the kidnappers show more than once genuine concern for Bink's safety.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!