Baby's Day Out

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -1

The parents of Baby Bink, a nine-month-old bundle of energy, seemingly have it all - a butler, a doting nanny, an elegant estate and their darling baby. Still, his mother (Lara Flyn Boyle) wants more. Her baby has never had his picture in the New York City newspapers. She engages a prominent photographer so Baby Bink will be introduced into society properly. She doesn't know that three scheming thieves have taken over the photographer's appointments so they can kidnap Baby Bink for $5 million ransom. Oh, woe are they! Used to robbing banks, the bumbling kidnappers, led by Eddie (Joe Montegna) begin a day straight out of their worst nightmares. The curious tyke innocently crawls out a window while his guard naps. From there, with absolutely no fear, he crawls across to another roof, slips into an elevator, gets on a bus, into a shopping bag, into a taxi, into a guerilla cage at the zoo and finally to the top of a high-rise construction site. All the while, the three geeks are frantically trying to catch up with him. And, as in the HOME ALONE movies, they are subjected to tortuous mishaps that should kill them. Silly, yes; but young audiences delight in the heart-stopping, life-threatening situations Baby Bink giggles through.

Here again, painful injuries become the source of big laughs as the kidnappers are hit in the head, kicked and slapped. They dangle from scaffolding and fall from great heights. One particularly painful and prolonged scene takes place on a park bench where Eddie is concealing Baby Bink under his coat while talking to two policemen. The baby has found a cigarette lighter, lights it and holds it next to Eddie's crotch. Eddie fights to keep his composure until the policemen leave, but by that time, he is on fire, screaming in pain. Another time, the guerilla literally throws Eddie across the room, embedding him in the bars of another cage. With only two mildly crude expressions, the script is refreshingly clear of offensive language, and there is no sexual content. The devastated mother and father realize how shallow their values are when they face losing their baby. Are we going to buy Hollywood's message that life-threatening situations can be funny if the bad guys are the only ones to get hurt?

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
20th Century Fox, 10201 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035

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Crude Language: Mild twice

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: Moderate and Severe - Many times (slapstick in nature, but incessant - painful falls from great heights; slamming against walls; numerous hits to head; man burned with cigarette lighter, set on fire)

Violence: None

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: None

Other: Parents reevaluate their priorities; baby referred to as doo-doo machine

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Intended Audience: Families

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