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Baby's Day Out

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Home Alone rehash with slapstick humor, baby in peril.
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1994
  • Running Time: 99 minutes

What parents need to know

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

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
Not applicable
Language

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

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 1, 1994
DVD/Streaming release date:January 29, 2002
Cast:Cynthia Nixon, Joe Mantegna, Joe Pantoliano
Director:Patrick Read Johnson
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Adventures
Run time:99 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:mild language and comic action

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Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 July 16, 2012

babys day out

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?
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 15 years old Written bykathrina joseph nail February 15, 2013

why is the movie 'baby's day out good'?

it is really good because it will be fun for kids and adults too.the message is that don't leave kids alone or with some strangers.whoever did not see it must see because i have seen it.it is really a awesome movie.......by kathrina joseph nailen
What other families should know
Great messages
Kid, 12 years old March 25, 2011

best thing ever!!!

i really liked this movie because it was so funny and the baby did such funny stuff to the burglers and the burgler were pretty dumb.
What other families should know
Great messages