Movie Review – ‘Baby’s Day Out’

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

It’s time to talk about a film that my parents and I saw on Disney+ recently! A 1994 film called ‘Baby’s Day Out’. I used to see this film as a kid back when it was on VHS in the 1990s. It’s amazing how much of this film came back to me when revisiting it years later. I still had a good time seeing it.

The film was written and produced by John Hughes, who originated the ‘Home Alone’ movies. It wasn’t well-received by critics and became a commercial failure at the time of its release. Nowadays, the film is considered a cult film, which I can see as it has this comedic appeal that I greatly enjoyed.

In the film, the plot focuses on a wealthy baby boy called Bink who gets abducted by three criminals, including Joe Mantegna as Eddie, Brain Haley as Veeko and Joe Pantoliano as Norby. Baby Bink manages to escape however and has an adventure through Chicago whilst chased by the criminals. 🙂

What I find funny about this film is when Baby Bink is obsessed with his favourite storybook ‘Baby’s Day Out’ (or ‘Boo-boo’ as he calls it) and he gets to live the storybook whilst venturing through Chicago. This includes riding a blue bus, riding a taxi, visiting a zoo and visiting a construction site. 😀

The antics of the three criminals trying to chase the baby and failing miserably are so funny to watch, even for me to this day. This might be regarded as a live-action cartoon film, which I think is fair, and I’d like to think it’s one of those live-action cartoon films which has its comedy mostly spot-on in this.

My parents and I were laughing so hard at the scene where Eddie gets his groin on fire after Baby Bink used his cigarette lighter. Norby stomps the fire out on Eddie’s groin whereas he could have just used a fire extinguisher or a bucket of water. It was very hard not to laugh at that particular scene. 🙂

A thing about Eddie, Veeko and Norby is that they’re rather clumsy criminals. It’s probably why they don’t succeed in getting the baby back, even when they try to get him from a gorilla cage and the gorilla forms a bond with Bink, protecting him from the criminals. The gorilla scenes are memorable.

The film also includes the parents, Lara Flynn Boyle as Laraine Cotwell and Matthew Glave as Bennington Austin ‘Bing’ Cotwell III. Laraine wanted to have her baby’s photo taken in a newspaper. Her wish is granted, but she becomes very worried when Baby Bink has suddenly been kidnapped. 🙂

What I find astonishing about this film is how most people don’t seem to notice Baby Bink is on his own when he ventures into Chicago. There are exceptions, but the news lady standing outside the department store and most of the construction site workers don’t notice Baby Bink crawling about.

The film also features Cynthia Nixon as Gilbertine, Baby Bink’s nanny who read the ‘Baby’s Day Out’ book often to him to know it off by heart. 😀 There’s also Fred Thompson as Dale Grissom, who is the head of the FBI. His line about going back to the ‘Tick-Tock’ to get the ‘Boo-Boo’ was really hilarious.

It’s nice how the film ended with Baby Bink reuniting with his parents once they found him at the old soldiers’ home. Eddie, Veeto and Norby also get their comeuppance when they’re found out by Baby Bink calling out ‘Boo-Boo’ to them and they return the ‘Boo-Boo’ back to baby once they’re arrested.

There is a teaser at the end of the film where Baby Bink’s next adventure will be ‘Baby’s Trip to China’. Sadly because the film didn’t do so well at the box office, it never happened. Besides which, Baby Bink would probably be grown-up by this point. Unless he had a family that included a baby! 😀

‘Baby’s Day Out’ is a lot of fun! I’m glad my parents and I saw this film recently. It’s still a pleasure to watch and it’s bound to be one of those films you can enjoy watching whilst on holiday when you’re using an android tablet or something. That’s what I hope to do when I go on my upcoming holiday. 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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