Slapstick, innocent, & silly, the inept hoodlums (Joe Pantoliano, Joe Mantegna & Brian Haley) play out this kidnap comedy totally straight-faced, which makes them vastly funnier than the merely ludicrous Home Alone hoodlums.
Although Baby's Day Out (1994) screenwriter John Hughes is the same guy to be blamed for for the nauseating Home Alone, this less well known film is much funnier, as captivating for adult viewing as for the kidniks.
The baby they kidnap escapes & goes on a journey crawling around the city & even up into unfinished skyscrapers, in what is at least in part a live-action version of a famous Popeye cartoon with Sweetpea crawling through many similar adventures.
There are so many laugh-out-loud moments as the kidnappers try to capture the crawling baby, with over-the-top perils for the uncatchable darling, in the end you just gotta admit, "Maybe it was stupid, but dammit that was funny."
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