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Look Who's Talking

(i)

 

Enjoyable first film in the "talking baby" genre.
Parents recommend
  • Review Date: October 26, 2005
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1989
  • Running Time: 93 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

While the two main characters turn out to be highly responsible, Molly does bear a child from an adulterous affair, and the extremely selfish Albert cheats on all of the women in his life. James takes shortcuts to procure as much free stuff as possible.

Violence

Crazy car chase (but no one injured), scuffle between James and Albert.

Sex

Film begins and ends with simulated sperm/egg action, heavy petting as part of an adulterous affair, implied sex (Molly removes her shirt and is seen in her bra), birth of a child (though nothing graphic), birth control jokes, boob jokes, sexual innuendo.

Language

Occasional swearing, but limited to phrases such as S.O.B. Occasional poop jokes.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Light social drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film begins and ends with simulated sperm seeking out their egg destination. The film also deals with a child born out of wedlock as the result of an adulterous affair with a client. There is some heavy petting and the occassional poop joke.

What's the story?

LOOK WHO'S TALKING chronicles the unlikely love affair of Molly (Kirstie Alley), a CPA, and taxi driver, James (John Travolta). After finding herself pregnant with the child of her married client Albert (George Segal), Molly sets out to find Mikey (vocalized by Bruce Willis) the "best daddy." She makes a deal, whereby James will serve as her babysitter and then finds herself conflicted. Should she wait around for a hotshot Mr. Right or take a chance with the dashing and exciting (but poor) James? He's a dreamer, but according to Mikey's musings, he is surely a keeper.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Look Who's Talking proved that Americans love talking babies and served as a springboard for Travolta's comeback. While silly, the film stands the test of time and includes underappreciated performances by veteran Abe Vigoda (The Godfather, Barney Miller) as James's senile grandpa and Academy Award Winner Olympia Dukakis (Moonstruck, Tales of the City) as Molly's wisecracking mother. Look Who's Talking also includes a fabulous 1960s/1970s soundtrack that gives Travolta ample opportunity to throw in come classic dance moves.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about who it's intended for. What parts were for kids and what's for adults? Do you think this is a kid's movie? Why or why not?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:October 13, 1989
DVD release date:February 24, 1998
Cast:Bruce Willis, John Travolta, Kirstie Alley
Director:Amy Heckerling
Studio:Sony Pictures
Genre:Comedy
Run time:93 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:mature material.

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Kid, 11 years old September 14, 2011

JUST READ MY REVIEW PLEASE OKAY!!

OMG okay so I bought this movie for like 25 cents at a garage sell and OMG WHEN I GOT HOME I WATCHED IT WITH MY PARENTS AND MY 7 YEAR OLD SISTER WHILE EATING!!! OKAY SO NEXT WEEK I'M GOING TO BE 12 AND I JUST STARTED 7TH GRADE IN 5TH GRADE WE LEARNED ABOUT PUBERTY AND A LITTLE ABOUT SEX BUT I KINDA ALREADY KNEW ABOUT SEX SO YEAH MY LIL SIS WAS SHOWERING IN TH FIRST PROB. 20 MIN OF THE MOVIE SO GOOD SHE DIDN'T SEE THE BIRTH PART! I DID AND HONESTLY I SAY THAT FOR ME IT'S OKAY IT'S KINDA FUNNY BUT THERE WAS A LOT OF PARTS WHEN I WAS LIKE UGH I REALLY NEED TO THROW UP CUZ I WAS EATING!!! AND YA LITTLE ADVICE DON'T EAT WHILE WATCHING THIS MOVIE!! >.< OKAY SO MOST OF IT IS ABOUT SEX SPERM EGGS BREAST AND DICKS SO SINCE I ALREADY KNOW ABOUT IT YEAH BUT MY PARENTS WHERE LIKE TURN IT OFF!! >.< ANYWAY I DIDN'T GET THROUGHT THE MOVE :/ CUZ MY SISTER!! I ALMOST GOT IN A LOT OF TROUBLE!!! THOUGH THE BABY IS HILARIOUS!!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Parent Written byKarenFi5 October 3, 2011

Look out!

Two sex scenes in the movie. The F word is used once. The Lord's name is said in vain. All the while, the woman is having an affair with a married man.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 15 years old Written byDominicboo1 March 26, 2011

Out From The Mouths of Babe (My Opinions on Look Who's Talking)

We do find out where babies come from, and Mikey's comment are exremley surprising. Calling a potential father a "d" for notting letting him watch a Snuggles Commercial (Bear Show).
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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