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Baby's Day Out Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 7+

Home Alone rehash with slapstick humor, baby in peril.

What 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.

  • 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?

The good stuff
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    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.

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    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.

What to watch for
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    Violence: 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.

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    Sex: Not an issue

  • language false1

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

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue

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