Baby's Day Out

Movie review by
Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media
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Home Alone rehash with slapstick humor, baby in peril.
  • PG
  • 1994
  • 99 minutes

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 6 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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.

Sexy Stuff

Name-calling, of the "moron" and "idiot" variety.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJustinHH October 8, 2018

Lots of slapstick

Funny family friendly movie but it does have a lot of nut shots. Lots of crunching and cracking sounds when the men are hit in the groin. Also there is one scen... Continue reading
Adult Written byNick N SarahRose J. May 30, 2017

Decent family movie with some disappointing parts

I feel like other ratings left out a lot of details I wish I had know BEFORE putting in this movie and watching it as a family. This movie does have lots of pre... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byRafique Ahmed December 31, 2020

Average film and can be watched with family

But there's a sexual innuendo at the last scene where a man named Eddie says, "I'm not gonna have any babies." And in reply another man name... Continue reading

What's the story?

A trio of hapless criminals (Joe Mantegna, Joe Pantoliano, Brian Haley) in search of ransom money kidnap a cute-as-pie baby from a wealthy family. But instead of remaining sequestered, the curious crawling infant escapes from his captors. He makes his way through an endless series of potentially dangerous situations -- from busy city streets to construction zones -- all without a scratch. The kidnappers, on the other hand, get beat up, bruised, and even set on fire in their attempts to reclaim the baby so they can retrieve their money. Soon the whole city is on the hunt for the baby, who somehow eludes nearly everyone.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the injuries the characters receive and the violence depicted. Though they sometimes wince in pain, the bad guys never seem to get seriously injured in the movie. How is this different from what would happen in real life?

  • How did the movie handle the idea of class? How did the wealthy family react to the poor mother accused of kidnapping Baby Bink? What was the relationship between the nanny and the baby? What about the nanny and the mother?

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