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The Three Stooges never took the punishment this kid dishes out. The first time I saw this movie, I was at a drive-in with some friends and we were all sitting on the hood of my car. As Baby Bink kept getting the better of the kidnappers I actually laughed so hard I fell off the car, which prompted my friends to laugh even harder. (So I too was a victim of Baby Bink). This is a great family film, even with all the groin jokes (i.e. baby kicks Joe Mantagna in groin, Joe's groin gets set on fire in a scene that makes me sure my son will not touch a lighter until he's 35). Even if you can't suspend belief that a baby could do all the things this kid does, any film with Joe Pantiliano is worth seeing. Parents let the kids watch it, just pray they don't try some of these things on you.
This movie was capital G Good. I liked the three criminals the most. You had the weaselly thin one Norby (the brilliant Joe Pantoliano), the big goofy one Veeko (a breakout performance by the criminally underrated Brian Haley) and then the "smart" guy Eddie (and when I say smart, you will see that none of them are that smart) played by Airheads and Godfather 3 legend "Fat" Joe Mantegna. Three classic performances that carry the whole movie. I don't want to give too much away, but don't go to the bathroom when they get to the gorilla exhibit. Or the construction site!!! Those scenes almost made me go to the bathroom on my futon!!! The baby gets pretty boring after a while, but it's fun to think about how they had to keep rotating the twins every time one started crying or whatever.
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When my dad's head rolls off with laughter, and my mother sees the baby
as one of her six Irish babies (a metaphor as so often seen is this
sweet and brilliant film), it passes the test for an instant classic:
among other things, the incredible web weaved between the brilliantly,
hilarious scenes is worthy, in and of itself, of an Academy Award for
editing. The critics who charged that some of the events in the scenes
would not have happened in reality stunningly fail to see that this
film is a human cartoon and requires suspension of reality.
Please watch it! But, be careful that your head does not roll off with laughter (sorry: cannot help myself: scenes in the movie are equivalent to heads rolling off; you WILL LAUGH!!). 11 out of 10!
This is how I described this movie to my kids when I suggested they
might like to see it, Baby Herman being something they saw in "Who
Framed Roger Rabbit" and "Ow! My Balls!" being a fictional TV show in
the movie "Idiocracy" which described a future run by complete idiots
whose greatest form of entertainment is watching someone get his groin
smashed again and again. The description appealed to them, and they
ended up loving the movie.
It's one of those movies that you either love or hate, not because of the quality of production or acting or script, but because you either like this kind of humor or you don't. More importantly, though, this is a nostalgia movie. It is NOT a baby version of Home Alone, but has it's roots back in the days of black and white cartoons, and people who didn't grow up watching the catch-the-baby-in-peril episodes of Tom and Jerry or Popeye cartoons are not as likely to enjoy this movie, which doesn't really have much more of a plot.
However, if you DID love those old cartoons and don't mind the addition of multiple blows to the groin for the bad guys, this is a VERY well done live action version of that old art form, with a baby cute enough to inspire the same kind of "Aaaaaw!" reaction as produced by footage of fluffy kittens playing.
John Hughes was a filmmaking icon of the 80's, but his career went
downhill in the 90's, when he was still writing and producing but no
longer directing after 1991's "Curly Sue". The fact that he wrote this
1994 family comedy adventure was how I discovered it just very
recently, nearly seventeen years after it came out. It was made in my
childhood, coming into theatres when I was nearly eight years old, but
I never heard of it until probably earlier this year. The title and
premise of "Baby's Day Out" suggest that the movie is pretty darn
cheesy, and they certainly don't lie. While exploring Hughes' work in
recent years, I've seen both good and not so good movies from the late
filmmaker, and was expecting this to be one of the latter, which it
Baby Bink Cotwell lives in a mansion with his loving parents, Laraine and Bennington. His favourite bedtime book is "Baby's Day Out", which his Nanny Gilbertine constantly reads to him. He is about to have his picture taken for the newspaper, but three con artists, Eddie, Norby, and Veeko, come to the mansion disguised as newspaper photographers, and when nobody else is looking, they kidnap the baby! They take Bink back to their apartment with them, but trying to control him turns out to be difficult. To try and get him to sleep, Norby reads him the "Baby's Day Out" book, but he ends up being the one who falls asleep instead, and Bink then manages to escape through the window. The kidnappers soon discover that he has escaped and go out to try and catch him. The baby crawls around through the city as the criminals pursue him, but as close as they often get, they can't seem to ever catch up to him! Meanwhile, FBI agents have come to help the Cotwells find their missing infant son.
For a while, it looked like nothing here was going to tickle my funny bone at all, and I don't think this changed until the three antagonists get the baby to their apartment. These three characters aren't funny while they pose as photographers, but after this, they sure can be funny as they try to keep the baby under control and then pursue him in the streets. Their conflict is often the reason for this, and without these characters, I might have found "Baby's Day Out" to be one dull movie! However, even these criminal characters aren't always funny (it's still USUALLY straight-faced, even with all the screen time the antagonists have), and lots of unfunny things happen to them during their pursuit of Baby Bink. That doesn't exactly include the crotch-on-fire segment, though I'm not sure what I would have thought of that part as a kid. I guess a movie can have a ridiculous premise and still be entertaining, but I still didn't find the premise here too fascinating. In addition to being mostly unfunny, this is also a predictable film.
"Home Alone", the 1990 Christmas movie written and produced by John Hughes, turned out to be an amazingly high grossing blockbuster. I saw it for the first time just a couple years ago (though I definitely knew about it long before then), and if you ask me, that film certainly is overrated, but still better than this one. "Baby's Day Out" has a premise a lot like its far more popular predecessor, with a kid rivaling adult criminals who are in pursuit of him, only it's more extreme this time, with the kid being just a baby. I know many would disagree with me on this one, but I think this particular family adventure film doesn't have a lot of merit. It blends in with such other lacklustre 90's Hughes films as "Flubber" and the live action remake of "101 Dalmatians". Now, some people clearly LOVE this movie, and I don't look down on them for that, but I'm not expecting to ever come anywhere near being part of that crowd.
It's John Hughes at his best. One of the most original scripts since
Home Alone. Of course it's Chicago, but from the eyes of the smallest
Baby Bink is set to become a star ready to have his picture taken. Three men on a mission to kidnap the baby for money goes haywire when they let their guard down for a single moment.
The rest of the movie actually does play out a bit like Home Alone with the slapstick moments of the bad guys falling into pits, making a gorilla angry, falling into a barrel of cement and plenty of head whacks.
On the home front, Baby Bink's mother, (Laura Flynn Boyle) is devastated and nearly drained of the events of loosing her baby.
Great comedy for someone who really needs a laugh and would be more than a pleaser to the kids.
Watch for cameos from Alfred Molina, Eddie Bracken and janitor Scrubs star, Neil Flynn.
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I'll begin the review by saying first that yes, this movie does bear
many classic cliché moments, terms, and situations. Yes, there are a
considerable amount of crotch-shots, of references to diapers and to
what lies within, and oh, the slapstick. Now, let me rebut myself.
Where all the other 'babies versus adults' movies fall short, "Baby's Day Out" succeeds. Perhaps it's the little things that make this film work: the minute shots in the scenes used to portray the individual characters' reactions to things that keep them individualized, the equality of slapstick that is issued to each of the antagonists, and the indecisiveness that both of the underling antagonists display with each progressive move they make. Or perhaps it's that damned catchy music playing the entire time. Or maybe it's the ending, hinting "Well, we could really ruin this movie by making a sequel, but we won't stoop that low." Whatever it is about this movie, I love it. I grew up watching this on occasion, and I guess that brings me to develop a nostalgia for seeing that baby with perhaps the stupidest nickname I've ever heard for anything narrowly avoid the humorous attempts at his recapture and then giggle about it.
Maybe there are a few crotchshot jokes, but the ways in which the slapstick is delivered fits well with the tone of the story. You should totally check this movie out, you guys.
I watched this movie when it was first released sometime around 1994
when the "Home Alone" series kind of stuff was the in-thing. I had a
chance to watch it again nearly after 15-years on telly last Sunday and
I made it a point to make my little one watch it as well. And boy even
today - it still has its moments as I could see my little one was
literally hooked on to it.
To be fair this movie is "Home Alone" pushed to its limits and the "pity" factor raised to an exponential level. Definitely there are too many cinematic liberties but the way the story navigates makes you push them all under the carpet.
The entire team deserves a special mention when it comes to capturing the right emotions of the Baby (I know how daunting it can get!). And I never knew that Baby Bink was enacted by twins - golly! Adequate support is lent by the other actors and special mention to Joe Mantegna & Joe Pantoliano (Memento).
Back then, it did have enough potential to spin out a few sequels and churn money from the franchise - I wonder why didn't that happen.
Verdict:: A few decades later "Baby's Day Out" will still retain its charm as it is today!
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I settled down with my labrador "Boo" the other night to watch this on television.As there are a large number of references to a baby called "Boo" he became more than usually interested.Now he is not particularly bright even by labrador standards but he does recognise his own name (well,he is 11) and he spent a fair proportion of the film barking in a puzzled manner at the screen.Whenever I laughed,"Boo" barked some more,which made for a noisy 100 minutes or so because I laughed a lot (simple soul that I am) at "Baby's Day Out". We don't like the Farrelly brothers or Woody Allen in his "intellectual" mode,but the late John Hughes has nailed it for us time and again since he ("Boo",that is) was a puppy. Basically a trio of hapless crooks kidnap a baby for ransom - then live to rue the day.No prizes for originality then,but it's seamlessly played, particularly by Mantegna and his cohorts who display all the skills of practiced farceurs.Good physical comedy combined with a smart script adds up to a very funny and worthwhile piece of entertainment that "Boo" and I can recommend to anyone who doesn't think family comedy is not sophisticated enough for them.
"The kids in the gorilla cage". The three stooges are alive and well. Three goof balls abduct a toddler and the fun begins. In a world where nobody but three persons of limited IQ have peripheral vision, this could happen. You would also have to suspend some of the laws of physics, such as; a broom handle used as a lever to catapult a 200 pound man 20 feet into the air, a cigarette lighter that takes 5 minutes to burn through a man's pants, all the while inflicting horrifying pain to the nether regions, and people surviving several 40 foot falls in one day with only minor aches and pains. If you love cute little kids, can suspend any sense of reality, and enjoy silly slapstick humor, you will love this movie. "Radio Rogers, tell him we're going back to the tick-tock to get the boo boo".
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