A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Messaging is confusing. It includes being open to change and finding your own path to success. But also that women can't have it all within a corporate environment and that kids will change your outlook and make your life complete.
Positive Role Models
Initially rude and selfish, J.C. gradually becomes more empathetic and reassesses her priorities, though gives up on her dream of becoming partner at her company in the process. The male bosses at her work are shown to be patronizing and inflexible, while a country vet is kind and charming.
Rife with gender stereotypes and judgments about working women in a corporate environment. While the female lead is highly successful in her job and ambitious about her future, there is the implication that women can't "have it all" and male colleagues refer to her as "young lady." Suggestion that women are incapable of roles traditionally associated with men, such as changing tires and plumbing, and that a child makes a woman's life "complete." Main female character giggles around a man, faints, swoons, and is kissed to stop her talking. There is an offensive racist stereotype of a woman in a Niqab saying she will teach the baby to respect men, she speaks only when spoken to, and prefers to sleep on the floor.
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Violence & Scariness
Mention of cousin and partner (parents of a young baby) killed in an accident. Numerous scenes of baby crying. Passing reference to nervous breakdown and suicide. Character runs into the road and is almost hit by cars. Person faints into the snow but is unharmed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Numerous references to sex. Characters kiss on the lips. Kissing on a bed leads to the implication of sex, though it takes place off-screen. A joke about intercourse only lasting four minutes.
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Occasional language includes "bulls--t" and "crap."
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Products & Purchases
Piles of packages are shown containing expensive baby clothes and toys. Passing mention of brands including 7-Up.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink wine numerous times with meals and at home, though never to the point of intoxication. Valium is mentioned and consumed on-screen.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Baby Boom is an '80s comedy, very much of its era, which toys with a feminist perspective but falls victim to numerous gender stereotypes. J.C. (Diane Keaton) is a successful businesswoman whose life takes an unexpected turn when a baby lands in her care. Much of the humor is fish out of water, stemming from the chaos created by J.C. struggling to cope with the new baby and her new country environment. There are sexual references and the implication of sexual intercourse, but nothing explicit. Characters drink wine on a number of occasions, though not to the point of intoxication, and Valium is taken on-screen. Occasional language includes "bulls--t" and "crap." The death of the baby's parents is mentioned and there are scenes at an adoption agency. Though the messages feel questionable over three decades later, adults and older children who enjoy a lighthearted comedy with a nostalgic '80s soundtrack will likely be entertained. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This comedy drama initially strides out confidently with a cast of '80s icons and what, from a distance, looks like a fun modern premise. Unfortunately Baby Boom seems to toy with the idea of feminism and empowerment, only to then trip and fall head-first into gender stereotypes and Hollywood cliches of corporate working women. Keaton goes all out with the drama and chaos. But the concept of an accomplished woman who seems unable to so much as organize a babysitter, doesn't quite hit right.
There are touching moments and the movie is a lot of fun in places -- particularly the earlier scenes of baby anarchy. However, it falls short elsewhere. Toward the end of the film, Keaton's character, J.C., addresses a room full of smug White men attempting to buy out her growing baby food business. But what might have been an interesting comment on a sexist work environment and finding your own way to succeed feels a little like giving in. The movie just about works, but everything feels like a missed opportunity to say something more, go a little deeper, or be a touch sharper. As is, it's a lighthearted offering that relies strongly on the pedigree of its actors -- Sam Shepard and Harold Ramis among them -- to tell a story that doesn't quite seem to know what it's saying, but offers an entertaining few hours and a decent level of nostalgia. Even if its impact is more of a clatter than a boom.
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