A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Movie strongly implies that a woman cannot raise a child on her own, that a man needs to be there.
Positive Role Models
No real positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Crazy car chase (but no one injured), scuffle between James and Albert. Molly punches James in the face. Dream imagery of Molly hanging off her "biological clock" that is on top of a skyscraper, then falling.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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The baby calls his mother's date a "d--k." In another scene, the baby says, "I feel like a retard." Occasional profanity: "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "pisses," "goddammit," "bastard." Sexual slang like "pork" used, sexual innuendo, breast jokes. When the mother lies and says the baby was artificially inseminated, John Travolta's character asks if she's a "lesbo." Lots of defecation and urination humor revolving around the baby.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
When the mother is given drugs to numb the pain of giving birth, the baby is shown acting like he's high. Cigarette smoking. Social drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Look Who's Talking is a 1989 comedy in which Kirstie Alley gives birth to a baby who is voiced by Bruce Willis. For those who haven't seen the movie in a few years, there's a surprising amount of adult and iffy humor that make this best for teens and older. The movie begins with talking sperm cells swimming to try to fertilize an egg. Alley's character becomes pregnant from a man who's having an extramarital affair with her; much of the second half of the movie concerns itself with the idea that a woman couldn't possibly raise a child without a man's help. During the birth of the baby, the woman is given Demarol, and the baby is shown acting high on drugs. In one scene, the baby calls his mother's date a "d--k," and in another scene, says "I feel like a retard." Lots of the humor is derived from the baby's defecation and urination habits. One of the babies in the maternity ward is Indian and talks in a stereotypical accent. There are lots of sex jokes and innuendo, and occasional profanity, including "f--k" (used once). 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 goofy comedy proved that Americans love talking babies and served as a springboard for Travolta's comeback. While silly and outdated, the film 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 some classic dance moves.
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