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Film / Baby's Day Out

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In this movie written by John Hughes, Bink, the infant son of a wealthy Chicago 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:

  • The Ace: Bink is an absurdly lucky little baby.
  • Affably Evil: Veeko comes off as the most harmless and amiable of the three kidnappers.
  • Always Need What You Gave Up: While crawling across a gap between buildings on a board, Bink causes it to hit Eddie in the head twice, resulting in Veeko picking it up and shoving it off onto the other building. Unfortunately, this left the crooks without a way to walk across the gap themselves and are forced to jump it.
  • 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 Victim: 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.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Laraine Cotwell wanted her son to be in the newspaper. He does appear, but as a missing child.
  • The Big Guy: Veeko.
  • Bullying a Dragon: The crooks do this to the gorilla by repeatedly trying to snatch the baby.
  • Butt-Monkey: The crooks, naturally. When the baby isn't treating them like this, they're treating each other like this. There's also the fat woman, the gorilla, and the building under construction that take turns handing the crooks' asses to them.
  • The Chew Toy: The crooks again.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Eddie, upon seeing the baby in the gorilla cage, points out to Veeko that he has long arms. Veeko takes this as a compliment, rather than realising that Eddie wants him to reach out and grab the baby. Norby does pick up on Eddie's meaning and quickly shoves his hands in his pockets.
  • Construction Zone Calamity: A movie such as this isn't complete without this cliche.
  • The Dividual: A variation of this tropes applies to the kidnappers. Since the film is basically Home Alone with a 9-month-old instead of Macaulay Culkin, any two of the three kidnappers could have been combined into a single character—giving us two crooks instead of three—and the story would probably have still worked.
  • "Eureka!" Moment:The maid, having read Bink's favorite book to him multiple times, finds that Bink is following the events from the book after hearing the list of places that Bink was at. That allows her to know where Bink went next.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Despite caring more about the ransom money, the kidnappers show more than once genuine concern for Bink's safety. That however may be a case of Pragmatic Villainy.
  • 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.
  • Gentle Gorilla: The gorilla treats Baby Bink in a friendly and caring manner. However, the crooks trying to take the baby from him makes him angry.
  • 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 BSoD / Thousand-Yard Stare: Eddie when he's lying in the garbage bin after getting hit in the head and falling off a building.
  • Hilarity in Zoos: Baby Bink wanders into a gorilla cage, and the crooks try to snatch him back from a very protective gorilla.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: The trio fails horribly at keeping the baby safe.
  • Improbable Infant Survival: Bink, who is practically invulnerable, considering the near-miss perils he gets into. As Eddie puts it, he has "baby luck".
  • Killer Gorilla: To Baby Bink, completely averted as the imposing zoo gorilla is perfectly peaceful around Bink. The ape becomes protective of the infant and foils several ploys by the crook trio to kidnap the child.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: At the end of the film, with their ordeal at the construction site being the last straw, the crooks decide to give up on chasing after Bink and wash their hands of what Ed calls 'a hexed situation', even refusing to check the ransom dropsite. Unfortunately, karma is not quite done with them yet and they suffer one last misfortune when Bink leads the authorities to their hideout, leading to them being arrested.
  • Live-Action Cartoon: Roger Ebert compared this film to a Baby Herman short.
  • Made of Iron: The only excuse that the crooks survive falling stories high buildings as well as not suffering bodily damage.
  • Missed Him by That Much:
    • 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 Bink's kidnapping. If she hadn't, she would've seen her son on the television.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: 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.
  • Oh, Crap!: The kidnappers experience this numerous times, either due to the baby getting himself into danger, the baby putting them into danger or both.
  • Papa Wolf: The gorilla starts to treat baby Bink as his own child, protecting him from the three crooks.
  • Police Are Useless: Not that baby Bink ever needed the police to escape.
  • Preppy Name: Bink's real name is Bennington Auston Cotwell IV. No wonder they call him Bink.
  • Recognition Failure: The babysitter is in the park and sees Bink, but thinks it's another baby.
  • Riddle for the Ages: We never know what Veeko's idea to get Eddie down from the crane was.
  • Sequel Hook: At the end of the movie, Baby Bink takes out a book entitled "Baby's Trip to China" and sits up in bed and laughs...
  • Stock Scream: The Howie Scream is heard when the gorilla tosses one of the crooks into the air.
  • The Stool Pigeon: After being reunited with his parents, Bink sees the clock above 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!
  • Straying Baby: The Movie. The plot wouldn't happen if Bink would just stay put.
  • Terrible Trio: Eddie, Veeko and Norby are a criminal group. This time, they impersonate photographers to kidnap baby Bink and get ransom of his family.
  • That Poor Cat: While the crooks' van is driving through an alley to catch up with the bus Bink is on, there's a distinct "Mmrow!". Veeko even says "I think we hit a cat".
  • 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.
  • Unintentionally Karmic: The baby’s journey around the city to explore and have fun sets off Disaster Dominoes that end in Amusing Injuries for his kidnappers.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • You Are Fat: 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.