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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The message -- however weakly delivered -- comes when the wealthy, superficial parents of Baby Bink learn to appreciate the people in their lives, instead of just their things and their reputation.
Positive Role Models
The baby (though unwittingly) takes extremely dangerous chances, suggesting to young kids that they might be able to manage an adventure in the city without parents. Also, the bad guys are rude to each other.
Violence & Scariness
The bad guys fall, get slapped and punched, hit their heads/groins, get into a tug-of-war with a gorilla. One extended scene involves the baby setting a man's crotch on fire. Though the injured parties react to pain, the real consequences of their injuries are absent.
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Name-calling, of the "moron" and "idiot" variety.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this mild comedy is full of pratfall humor -- lots of bonks on the head, groin injuries, slips and falls -- all accompanied by exaggerated expressions meant to draw laughs. Also, the baby at the center of the tale ends up in all sorts of dangerous situations, including crawling through city traffic and cavorting through a construction zone, all without an accompanying adult and without injury. Kids will likely find the baby and the hijinks of the criminals funny, though the concept of kidnapping might make young kids uneasy. One bad guy is particularly rude to the other two. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Fans of the Home Alone franchise will find much in common with this movie, also penned by John Hughes ... maybe a little too much in common. BABY'S DAY OUT follows an almost identical narrative to Home Alone 2, except, unlike Macauley Culkin, this child is still in diapers (which never need to be changed, by the way).
The predictability of the script, the unappealing villains, and the prevalence of slapstick violence will likely still appeal to elementary-aged kids and tweens, though parents will probably find the baby's precarious safety unsettling.
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