Thursday, August 2, 2012

Slap-Stick Comedy at its Best



It’s the Three Stooges meets Home Alone in Baby’s Day Out movie, and if you’re a fan of the classic slap-stick comedy then you’ll find plenty of it in this film. The movie was helmed by Patrick Read Johnson whose works include Dragon Heart, Space Invaders and When Good Ghouls Go Bad. The movie almost feels like cartoony except that everyone in it is made of real flesh and blood human and at the center of it all is the adorable little Baby Bink.

Unfortunately, Baby’s Day Out came out a little late after Home Alone and Home Alone 2, which made some $800 million total box office claims, because it did not have a good reception from the audience. But I prefer it over John Hughes’ Home Alone films and had it been the other way around Baby’s Day Out would have made a hefty box office hit too! But enough with all these information it doesn’t do the movie any justice anyway; I mean if everybody hated Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen, then why did it grossed to $836,303,693?!

Most of the critics of the film argued that there was too much violence in the film that would have killed the witless bad guys in real life. But I reckoned that this is just a movie and a comedy one at that, which should not be taken seriously. Of course there were a lot of inconsistencies and impossibilities, however, the movie is depicted from a cartoon slap-stick comedy style – it defies normal physics. I haven’t come across anyone who would take Bugs Bunny seriously, would you?



The movie plot begins when 3 criminals namely Eddie (Joe Mantegna), Norby (Joe Pantoliano) and Veeko (Brian Haley) decided to take on a different tactic to get rich fast by kidnapping Baby Bink. This they thought would solve all their financial problems because they don’t have to do all the heavy lifting of robbing banks or shipping illegal contraband or whatever it is that criminals do, they’ll just sit and wait for the ransom money from the baby’s rich parents to come. However, they didn’t realize that Baby Bink had a plan of his own and he went off around the city just like in his story book the “boo boo” as he calls it. The frantic criminals followed him realizing that not only will they lose the baby but the ransom money too, but it’s not the baby that they should be worried about but themselves. Because whenever they tried to intervene and attempted to “rescue” the kid from certain danger, they inherit all the bad luck that anyone could possibly have. And while the baby had his “day out” they got a ton of troubles for it ruining all their interest of ever kidnapping a baby ever again.

I highly recommend this movie to anyone, just as long as you don’t get too serious about the baby’s safety and all that nonsense that the critics speak of. For me I’d say that it is not the baby’s safety that is the issue here, but a seemingly divine hand that guides the child through all that and brought him back to his parents’ arms safely. Sadly no one talked about that part.

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