Baby's Day Out

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Baby's Day Out
Babys day out poster.jpg
Directed by Patrick Read Johnson
Produced by John Hughes
Richard Vane
Written by John Hughes
Starring Adam Robert Worton
Jacob Joseph Worton
Joe Mantegna
Joe Pantoliano
Brian Haley
Lara Flynn Boyle
Matthew Glave
Cynthia Nixon
Music by Bruce Broughton
Cinematography Thomas E. Ackerman
Editing by David Rawlins
Studio Hughes Entertainment
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • July 1, 1994 (1994-07-01)
Running time 99 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $48 million[1]
Box office $16,827,402 (US)[1]

Baby's Day Out is a 1994 American family comedy adventure film, written by John Hughes, produced by Richard Vane and John Hughes, and directed by Patrick Read Johnson. The film stars twins Adam and Jacob Worton as Baby Bink with co-stars Joe Mantegna, Joe Pantoliano and Brian Haley as the film's three incompetent antagonists. The plot centers on a wealthy baby's kidnapping by three incompetent villains, his escape and adventure through a big city while being pursued by the three kidnappers.

Plot[edit]

Bennington Austin "Bink" Cotwell Jr. (Adam and Jacob Worton), a mischievous baby who lives in a huge mansion in a suburb of Chicago with his parents Laraine (Lara Flynn Boyle) and Bennington Sr. (Matthew Glave), is just about to appear in the social pages of the newspaper. Three klutzy would-be kidnappers: Edgar "Eddie" Mauser (Joe Mantegna), Norbert "Norby" LeBlaw (Joe Pantoliano), and Victor "Veeko" Riley (Brian Haley) disguise themselves as the photographers from the paper and kidnap him. After the kidnapping they have difficulty controlling him. While trying to get Bink to fall asleep, Norby does so reading Bink's book titled "Baby's Day Out", leaving him unattended. Looking through it, Bink notices a bird on the page and then one by the open window. He follows it out and successfully gets away from his kidnappers, with Eddie falling off the building and into a garbage bin while chasing after him through the rooftop.

The FBI arrives at the mansion, headed by Dale Grissom (Fred Thompson), where they try to piece together clues along with Bink's parents and his loving nanny Gilbertine (Cynthia Nixon). Meanwhile, he, now outside on the ground and crawling about, finds another part of his book: The blue bus, which he then boards. The kidnappers realize he is missing and start chasing the bus in their van but their efforts are in vain. Meanwhile on the bus Bink crawls into the bag of an obese lady who gets off at her stop shortly afterwards. By the time the trio catches it, and realize Bink is not on board, they then realize that he crawled into the lady's bag and follow her. An altercation ensues after they insult her, and while they attempt their escape, Bink crawls up to a revolving door at the entrance to a department store (also featured in his book) and is forced inwards by its momentum.

Crawling through the department store, Bink is stopped by a worker (Dawn Maxey) who works for Mother Goose Corner, a nearby day care center, who believes he escaped from there. While unattended there, he crawls into the bottom of a stroller and is wheeled out by an unsuspecting mother, leaving the store, he crawls out from the stroller and eventually ends up in traffic. The kidnappers attempt to follow him but get their feet run over by a passing truck and jump into a giant ditch as he makes his way to the city zoo. They find him in the primate house with a gorilla, and lose hope of gaining their ransom money. The gorilla shows a maternal side and does not injure him. The kidnappers try to retrieve Baby Bink but she notices them and bashes Veeko's hand, throws Norby into the air using a mop-stick as a catapult, and hurls Eddie against the bars of the cage opposite her own.

The kidnappers eventually corner and catch Bink in the zoo's park, but are confronted by two friendly police officers, who have noticed that their van's engine is still running. During the conversation, Eddie hides Bink under his coat in his lap, but he reaches Eddie's cigarette lighter, sets his crotch on fire, and sneaks off as soon as the officers are gone. Veeko extinguishes the fire by repeatedly stomping on Eddie's groin, seriously hurting him. They follow Bink to a construction yard, but are still unable to catch him, with Norby falling into a vat of wet cement, Veeko getting thrown off the building and into the back of a garbage truck, and Eddie getting stranded on a crane after being drenched in glue. The sun sets as Bink leaves the construction yard. The kidnappers manage to escape (offscreen), but decide to give up and go home.

Bink's parents are notified of various sightings of him in the city and Gilbertine deduces that he has been following the happenings of his favorite book, (or "Boo-Boo", as Bink calls it) and will most likely head for the Old Soldiers' Home next. Sure enough, they find him there, but on the way home, he begins to call out "Boo-Boo" toward the kidnappers' flat. The FBI moves in on there and arrests the three villains demanding that they return his book first.

Back home, Bink is put to bed by his family. As his parents discuss having his picture taken by a normal photographer in the morning, he wakes up and gets ready to read another book, this one entitled Baby's Trip to China.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Baby's Day Out received mainly negative reviews from critics, and holds a 21% "rotten" approval rating at the review website Rotten Tomatoes, with 3 positive reviews from 14.[2]

On the Siskel & Ebert show, critic Roger Ebert wrote that "'Baby's Day Out' contains gags that might have worked in a Baby Herman cartoon, but in live action, with real people, taxis, buses, streets, and a real baby, they're just not funny. The Worton twins are adorable as Baby Bink, however; the audience produced an audible coo the first time they saw him on the screen." He gave the film 1 1/2 stars. His partner, Gene Siskel, however, liked the film because he thought that young children will love it for the humor.[3]

Also, not all other reviews were negative. Hal Hinson, writing for the Washington Post wrote, "The pace is quick and efficient but never frantic...almost everything in the picture is just right, including the two-bit crooks who abduct the superhero toddler and end up bruised and begging hilariously for mercy. Best of all, though, is the Binkman himself, whose tiny face is so expressive that he brings new meaning to the phrase 'conquering with a smile.'"[4]

In 2010, popular internet reviewers RedLetterMedia delivered a scathing video critique of the film, drawing negative comparisons to The Three Stooges, Looney Tunes, and Home Alone.[5]

Box office[edit]

The film opened with takings of $4,044,662 at the start of July 1994.[6][7][8] The film finally grossed $16,827,402 at the domestic box office, a disappointing return considering the $48 million production budget for the film. It ranked at #83 for the best performing films of 1994 and ranks in the top 3,000 best grossing films of all time.[1]

It was also the 26th best performing PG-rated family film of the year in 1994.[1]

Popularity in South Asia and remakes[edit]

Baby's Day Out was tremendously popular in South Asia, including India and Pakistan, playing at the largest theater in Calcutta for over a year.[9] It was even remade twice, once in Telugu in 1995 under the title Sisindri with Akhil (son of Telugu actor Akkineni Nagarjuna) playing the lead role, and again into Malayalam in 1999 under the title James Bond. It was dubbed in Tamil with the title Chutti Kuzhanthai meaning Naughty baby. It was also dubbed in Bengali and played at theaters in Bangladesh.

Video game[edit]

A video game version of the film was planned to be released on Sega Genesis, but was later cancelled. Two prototypes can be found for download on several ROM sites. One is a near completed version while the other is a very early beta. The gameplay might be an obvious factor as to why the game was pulled; instead of playing as Bink the player controls what appears to be Bink's guardian angel. The object is to use it to guide Bink to safety away from the robber ala Pacman 2.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Baby's Day Out (1994)". Box Office Mojo. Amazon.com. Retrieved 19 June 2009. 
  2. ^ Baby's Day Out at Rotten Tomatoes
  3. ^ Ebert, Roger (1 July 1994). "Baby's Day Out review". rogerebert.com (Chicago Sun Times). Retrieved 19 June 2009. 
  4. ^ Hinson, Hal (1 July 1994). "'Baby's Day Out'". Washington Post. Retrieved 19 June 2009. 
  5. ^ "'Baby's Day Out Review'", Red Letter Media, 21 June 2010, archived from the original on 24 October 2010, retrieved 19 October 2010 
  6. ^ "Weekend Box Office Results for July 1–4, 1994". Box Office Mojo. Amazon.com. Retrieved 19 June 2009. 
  7. ^ "Fourth of July Weekend Box Office". The Los Angeles Times. 7 July 1994. Retrieved 2011-01-12. 
  8. ^ "Baby's Day Out – Box Office Data". thenumbers.com. The Numbers. Archived from the original on 23 May 2009. Retrieved 19 June 2009. 
  9. ^ http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090806/PEOPLE/908069969 Roger Ebert Chicago Sun Times article – John Hughes: In Memory, August 6th, 2009

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